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Julie Manworren's HeadshotJulie Manworren to Leave President and CEO Position at Living Well Disability Services

Julie Manworren will resign from her position in January 2020 to become the CEO of Volunteers of America Minnesota & Wisconsin.  “Julie’s dynamic leadership, passion, and commitment have ensured Living Well provides exceptional support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex medical needs in the Twin Cities metro area, ” said Melissa Bayne, Board Chair.  “We are tremendously grateful for Julie’s contributions and look forward to identifying a new leader who will build upon the organization’s strengths.” To read more details, please click here.

What is Living Well Disability Services?A group of women celebrate their crafts on a patio with green.

Founded as Dakota’s Children in 1972 Living Well Disability Services™ delivers exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.

Our services are available regardless of where individuals live — in their own home, their family’s home or in one of our 33 homes located across 10 counties in 20 cities. Innovations in service, accessibility, wellness, and technology help people grow based on what is most important to them and live with independence and dignity. All services we offer are person-centered and developed to support each individual’s unique needs, hopes and interests.

Mission, Vision and Values

OUR MISSION: Living Well Disability Services provides exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by disabilities.

OUR VISION: A day when all people impacted by disabilities live well.

OUR VALUES: Advocacy, Community, Leadership, Respect, Wellness — Our values shape our decisions and guide our actions.

Living Well Disability Services Increases Wages Above Industry Standards

Despite staffing challenges in the field, local non-profit makes investment in employees

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz spent a day in the life of a Personal Care Assistant, November 22nd to bring attention to the overwhelming shortage of direct care workers and resulting crisis in Minnesota. While clearly the rewards of working as a Direct Support Professional aren’t always monetary, like any other employee, Direct Support Professionals must pay their bills.

The increase to Living Well Disability Services staff was instated in October.  Despite an inadequate State reimbursement rate, the board of directors and leadership of Living Well Disability Services recently increased its hourly rate of pay for new hires from $12 to $13.25/hour and raised the hourly rate of pay for tenured Direct Support Professionals.
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Our Office Location

Living Well Disability Services
1168 Northland Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120
p 651.688.8808 | f  1-651.560.3888

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