Personal Stories


As a teenager, Michael Foley began receiving support from Lifeworks’ Family Autism Center (FAC). Now an independent young adult, Michael is very appreciative of staff who’ve have helped him move into his own apartment and secure an internship which led to his present full time job. Michael is employed as a front of house wait staff at the senior living facility, NewBridge on the Charles. He truly enjoys his job and helping residents at the facility. Michael regularly participates in outdoor walks as well as virtual social group check-ins, game nights, and movie discussion groups held by FAC. He often gets together with friends he’s made through Lifeworks’ activities. A self-advocate, Michael has attended Autism Awareness Day events at the Statehouse. In pre-pandemic times, Michael often volunteered at Halloween parties and Hip Hop dances as well as toy making workshops for younger children and families. Michael likes pop musicians Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift and says one of his favorite Taylor Swift songs is ‘Shake it Off’’.



Shirley Brissette is the recipient of the ‘Individual Employment’ award at Lifeworks’ Fall Harvest Employment Award ceremony held last November. In 2017, Shirley advocated to train as a cashier while working as part of the maintenance crew at Wegmans. With hard work, training and dedication she accomplished her goal of becoming a cashier. Hardly ever missing a shift, Shirley was disappointed when the pandemic forced a reduction in work hours but she has since been called back to work and is thrilled! Shirley also works part-time as a filer at Republic Plumbing.

When not working, Shirley loves spending time with her cat and family at her Lifeworks residence. A Patriots fan, she also loves catching up with friends and going out to eat.


Dexter Young has been a part of the Lifeworks community since 1998. After living in a group home in Foxborough for over 11 years, Dexter made his dream of living in his own apartment come true. Dexter is very independent and is quite the entertainer and athlete. He takes pride in his home and all of his electronics that he has purchased for his apartment with his paycheck from working at Old Navy. Dexter is a champion bowler, and participates in our floor hockey program and many of Lifeworks’ social events.


Big Y

At Big Y, we are incredibly proud of the partnership we have at Lifeworks. It has been a pleasure working alongside them to hire qualified employees to fit our open positions.  Lifeworks has made this collaboration smooth and it has been an easy transition for these new employees joining our family.  Lifeworks has provided constant communication, support and follow thru with job coaching.  It has been a pleasure working with this organization.

Siemens Healthineers

Siemens Healthineers is honored to partner with Lifeworks to employ people with developmental disabilities as a vital part of our culture", said Chuck Fives, VP of Manufacturing for Laboratory Diagnostics at Siemens Healthineers in Walpole. "Since 2015, it has been a very humbling and uplifting experience to work side by side with these individuals who bring a positive attitude, are filled with energy, and do their jobs well by helping our shipping department run smoothly every day they are here.  We're the lucky ones as they bring so much more to the meaning of work.