NEWS RELEASE - LFS Expands Services

August 31, 2022

News Release
September 1, 2022, 10:30 AM, MST

Changing Lives through the Power of Work – Lethbridge Family Services Expands Services

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta—September 1, 2022

Lethbridge Family Services and its DaCapo Disability Services Department is pleased to launch their new Reaching Independence through Skills and Employment (RISE) program. RISE is a 10-month employment skills-centered certificate program for adults with developmental disabilities. Training is separated into two different methods of learning and will include both in-class sessions and work experience practicums, using a theoretical and practical learning approach.

"This new program will provide participants, in Lethbridge and area, the opportunity to advance their personal development and build knowledge and skills to prepare for the local labour market” says Jennifer van der Kooij, Lethbridge Family Services.” She continues “Our aim is to have participants employed in competitive and meaningful employment by the end of the program”.

“We believe every community member deserves the chance to fully participate in their communities and RISE supports that goal by also providing a strong pathway to employment for persons with developmental disabilities" says Lynette Taal, Lethbridge Family Services.
RISE is recognized by the Government of Alberta as a Transitional Vocational Program. Approximately 20 applicants are eligible to enroll for the January 9, 2023 start date.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older, on or before, the program start date
  • Diagnosed with a developmental disability
  • Ready, willing, and able to work  Capable of using public transit



For more info about Lethbridge Family Services and RISE program:


Lethbridge Family Services is a highly accredited charitable agency which is the largest community social and health services organization in Lethbridge and has been operating since 1910. LFS helps over 8,600 people improve their quality of life on an annual basis with the support of four key Departments; Home Services, Immigrant Services, Counselling, Outreach & Education, and DaCapo Disability Services alongside 380+ employees.


Lynette Taal, Program Manager – Community Supports
Lethbridge Family Services
Email: | Phone: 403-320-9119

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