Living Well Disability Services is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded as Dakota’s Children in West St. Paul in 1972 by parents of children with disabilities, volunteers and community partners. We provide Residential Services and Customized Services to people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities throughout the Greater Twin Cities metro area.

Services are available to people regardless of where they live; in their own home, their family’s home or in one of the 35 group homes owned and operated by Living Well Disability Services. Innovations in service, accessibility, wellness, and technology help people grow based on what is most important to them and live with independence and dignity. Services are based on the choices of each individual and developed to support their unique needs, hopes and personalities.

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Living Well Disability Services delivers exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. See our mission in action below:


A day when all people impacted by disabilities live well.


Our values shape our decisions and guide our actions: Advocacy, Community, Leadership, Respect and Wellness.  Read more about how we put our values into action!

Communities Served

Living Well Disability Services currently operates 35 homes in 22 communities. Our Customized services support adults and children throughout the Greater Twin Cities metro area.

Persons Served

Persons Served Living Well Disability Services provides Residential Services and Customized Services to 300 adults and young adults with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.


More than 500 full-time, part-time and occasional employees, including direct care providers, occupational therapists, medical and support staff.


More than 500 active volunteers assist the organization.


Living Well Disability Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a $22.5 million operating budget. Federal and State Medical Assistance Programs regulate and cover the basic costs of housing and 24-hour care.  Programs, projects and activities that directly benefit people are enhanced through contributions and fundraisers.