On Wednesday, December 3rd, the U.S House of Representatives passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647/S. 313) with a vote of 404-17. Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) applauds the overwhelming support for this legislation that will allow individuals with disabilities to save for the future without fear of jeopardizing essential long-term services and supports provided through Medicaid and other programs. The Senate is expected to take up the ABLE Act sometime next week.
Dan Cardinali is the president of Communities In Schools, Inc., the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. He will speak on Tuesday, April 21, during our opening keynote session, on the topic of navigating change and his personal experience with scaling a network to achieve greater impact in the communities they serve. Hear how Communities in Schools aligned network members around a common purpose to achieve transformational change, how they leveraged their core strengths, ways they engaged foundations and neighbors, and lessons learned that we can apply to our individual organizations and the LSA network as a whole.
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Lutheran Services in America (LSA) and the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) applaud the Senate passage of The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The overwhelming passage of the ABLE Act through both the House of Representatives and the Senate clears the way for the ABLE Act to become law with President Obama's signature.
ABLE accounts will enable individuals with disabilities to live more fully integrated lives in the community and empower them to take charge of their futures without fear of jeopardizing essential long-term services and supports provided through Medicaid and other programs.
On January 1, 2015, Lutheran Services in America (LSA) welcomes a new Theologian in Residence, Dr. Phyllis Anderson. Dr. Anderson served as president of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary from 2005 through 2013, the first woman to serve as president of a Lutheran seminary in the United States, and now has the role of President Emerita.
Please join us in welcoming Thomas "T.J." Cantwell to the Lutheran Services in America team. T.J. joins LSA as of January 5, 2015 as a Director of Member Engagement, reporting to Alesia Frerichs, vice president of Member Engagement. His initial areas of focus will be in supporting the new Disaster Network; managing the member database, including selecting and migrating to a new database platform; identifying federal funding opportunities for members and general support of members, communities of practice and the Member Engagement team.
Join us April 20-23, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas to celebrate the strength of our Lutheran social ministry network at our largest annual gathering of the year. The LSA Annual Conference brings together nonprofit leaders to build on and celebrate LSA’s national, strong and trusted network, joining hundreds of nonprofit Lutheran social ministry leaders united in the mission of transforming lives and communities. Together, we celebrate the rich history of our Lutheran social ministry heritage and the strength of our national network.
The week of February 2, representatives from 18 DN member organizations and the ELCA met for the 2015 Winter LSA-DN meeting in Safety Harbor, FL. Topics of discussion included state implementation of the HCBS settings regulation, DN's administrative cost survey, direct support workforce issues, member sharing, and much more!