Life Skills opens up jobs for students

Life Skills opens up jobs for students

Branden Swyers | Staff Reporter

Life Skills, a company started 64 years ago by a group of parents who did not want to institutionalize children with disabilities, came to Lindenwood Jan. 12, looking for students interested in working for the growing non-profit company which recently started expanding to St. Charles county.

“There could be over a hundred openings in the next year with the expansion,” said Garrett Doerr, recruiting manager.

Life Skills’ goal is to provide care to people with disabilities in the comforts of their own home rather than making those people leave their house to get care.

“Everyone with a documented disability has a case manager and their case manger refers them to us,” Doerr said.

Life Skills is based out of Creve Coeur, Mo., and has over 750 employees serving 1,500 clients in the St. Louis area. Along with providing care for disabled people in their homes, Life Skills also aids people in their life outside their home.

“We have an employment department which helps them get jobs and maintain them,” Doerr said.

For many of the jobs, no previous experience is required, but a clean background and a high school diploma or GED is a must.  All applicants must also have a driver’s license and insurance.

Western Illinois University social work major, Sheila Galvez said, “It looks like a really good business. I researched them online and it goes good with my social work major. Also, I have previously worked with people who have developmental disabilities.”

The job opportunities offered by Life Skills have full benefits and vacation time. They also include a 403 B and a flexible spending account.

For many people in this field, the money and the benefits are not what they care about.  “It comes naturally to me,” Galvez said. “I have a passion for helping people and I am an advocate for human rights.”

For more information about job opportunities people interested can contact a recruiter or go online at www.lifeskills-stl.org.