Our Goals

Life Skills Training Center is a private non-profit organization committed to assisting adults with disabilities to achieve maximum independence and productivity.  A staff of trained professionals has enabled a growing number of persons the opportunity to train/learn and in the process earn incentive pay.  Life Skills Training Center was founded by a local group of concerned citizens in 1972.  The doors opened to five clients in January 1973.  Growth has been steady, as we now offer comprehensive services to over 60 adults with disabilities.  We strive to ensure that no client will be discriminated against in matters of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

It is our desire to see every person with a disability provided the opportunity to realize the fulfillment of total community citizenship.  At Life Skills, we will assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest desired level of independence and inclusion in their communities.  We are committed to assisting each person to attain the highest quality of life possible, enhanced by human dignity and self-worth.

Mission Statement

Life Skills Training Center, Inc. will assist individuals with disabilities achieve their highest desired level of independence.

Vision Statement

It is the desire of Life Skills Training Center, Inc. to see every person with a disability is provided the opportunity to realize the fulfillment of total community citizenship.

Person-Centered Philosophy

Life Skills Training Center, Inc. puts into practice in all services offered our philosophy that all persons we serve are given the right to choose the direction and scope of their training and we are here to help them set their goals and provide the training needed to achieve those goals.

Purpose Statement

Life Skills Training Center, Inc. is committed to the on-going education and training of its staff in order to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their chosen goals. Consumer programing will be provided by well-trained, professional staff who will train individuals served in the development of skills necessary to achieve group or individual employment and the social skills necessary for community integration. In addition, Life Skills is committed to fiscal accountability in the efficient and effective provision of all training services to staff and consumers.


The quality of the services at Life Skills Training Center and the progressive nature of the facility, made it the third facility of its kind to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation  Facilities (CARF) in 1976.  It has maintained its accreditation status since.

Meet Our Team

Business Office

Jessica La Fleur

Executive Director

Libby Peters

Business Manager

Brenda DeLance

Administrative Support Specialist

Marketing and Public Relations

Shelly Thomson

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Brenda Harrold

Marketing and Clerical Assistant

Training Department

Tesa schmid

Employment Services Specialist

Ashlee Birmes


Sarah Schwartz


Rachel Seggerman


Day Habilitation

Missy Coffee-Gengler

Director of Day Habilitation Services

Jessica Ortega-Urban

Day Habilitation Assistant


Richelle Pinard

Facility Operations Manager

Rachel Engval

Production Supervisor

Zac Schmid


Anthony Crook

Production Aide

Melinda Farmer

Production Aide

Lee Florke

Production Aide

Jacob Garrett

Production Aide

Shalene Ledbetter

Production Aide

Matt Williams

Production Aide

A Life Skills participant poses with a helper in Le Mars, IA


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