Monthly Archives: February 2012

Global Health Ministries

Lifeworks client sorting mail for Global Health Ministries

Starting at the beginning of 2012, Lifeworks Brooklyn Park has found a way to give back to the global community by participating in a very special program through Global Health Ministries (GHM). Global Health Ministries, founded in 1987 by returning Lutheran medical missionaries, carries out its mission through the gathering and shipping of requested medical supplies and equipment to Lutheran partners in over thirty countries. Since then, GHM has developed a nation-wide network of supporters for Lutheran mission hospitals and health care programs in over thirty countries.

Every Wednesday Lifeworks clients who wish to participate take a trip to Fridley arriving at 9:30 a.m. excited to volunteer, have lunch on location, and work until 1:00 p.m. One task they perform is quality checks on baby kits. These kits are given to pregnant women in Africa who check into clinics to birth their child. The kits contain a blanket, an outfit and a hat, and are highly sought after. GHM says that women will travel great distances to go to these clinics especially for the baby kits.

Another project Lifeworks clients participate in is the assembling of hospice kits for AIDS patients. Once a month, they sort through donations received by mail and enter information into the database. GHM uses the information entered by clients to order supplies for their clinics. Angi Reisdorf, program supervisor at Lifeworks Brooklyn Park says that clients enjoy the idea of giving back and helping others. Lifeworks Brooklyn Park plans to keep volunteering every week for as long as GHM needs help.

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2012 Traveling Art Show

Artists with developmental disabilities created more than 100 works that were juried by Walker Art Center’s Scott Stulen and Courtney Gerber. These twelve works were then chosen for the show. The show will travel around the Twin Cites at various galleries and businesses throughout the year. 

To view beautiful full size pictures and details about the art, visit the Lifeworks Flickr Page.

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2012 Leadership Circle Luncheon

On Thursday, February 2, Lifeworks celebrated the generosity of its donors during the annual Leadership Circle Luncheon. The event, held at the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, recognizes donors who give $500 or more during the preceding calendar year.

Barbara Baumann welcoming event attendees

Barbara A. Baumann, board chair, second vice president at Securian Financial Group, welcomed the group and shared that Lifeworks raised over $800,000 in 2011. Baumann also highlighted the great and innovative services that Lifeworks initiated, supported, and made better thanks to the generous gifts of Lifeworks donors.

 After Baumann’s introduction, Lifeworks President and CEO Judy Lysne recognized donors individually with Leadership Circle gifts, including exclusively designed clay tiles by artist and friend of Lifeworks, Laura McCaul, and card sets and limited edition mugs featuring artwork by Lifeworks clients.

Leadership Circle gifts: painted turtle tile, mugs, and cards

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