LSA News

Welcome Caleb Rollins to the LSA Team

Please join us in welcoming Caleb Rollins to the Lutheran Services in America network. As of March 21, Caleb joins LSA in Washington, D.C. as Development Manager, reporting to Vice President of Development Deborah Hoesly. Caleb will work closely with Deborah to pursue funding opportunities for LSA and its members and engage LSA's foundation and individual partners to advance our network's mission.

Congratulations to LSA member Bill Hanawalt for being named a White House Champion of Change

Congratulations to Bill Hanawalt, Executive Director of Peace Community Center, for being one of nine people nationally selected as a “White House Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity.” Bill was chosen because of his commitment to advocating for summer learning, meals and violence prevention in Tacoma, Washington. Peace Community Center is a member of the LSA network and Bill has served on our board.

New -- Speaker Just Added to Lutheran Leadership Summit!

Two years ago, Front Porch, a California-based nonprofit, launched an initiative called Humanly Possible, a transformative commitment to cause-based innovation. Humanly Possible isn't just a tagline or a short-term plan, this new way of thinking has become a catalyst for disruptive innovation, strategic development and new partnership throughout the Front Porch organization.

Annual Conference Keynote Speakers Announced – Habitat for Humanity, YMCA & Johns Hopkins University

Plans are well underway for the 2016 LSA Annual Conference, April 25 – 28 in Minnesota. The largest event of the year, the Annual Conference continues to build and celebrate LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders. At the conference, we'll focus on mission, impact and innovation – and how our network of social ministry organizations comes together to transform lives and communities.

Lutheran Services in America Advocacy and Public Policy Office Analyzes the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

On November 2, President Obama signed into law a two-year budget and debt ceiling agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA, 114-74). The measure lifts the federal borrowing limit – also known as the debt ceiling – through March 2017, and provides a framework for federal spending in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The deal includes $80 billion in sequestration relief, split evenly between defense and nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs – a major win for NDD advocates like Lutheran Services in America (LSA). The legislation also addresses a looming increase in Medicare Part B premiums, and makes legislative changes to extend the solvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund. To comply with parliamentary requirements, the deal also includes program and policy changes to offset the cost of these sequester and health care provisions.

Lutheran Services in America Launches the "Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative"

Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the "Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative" (Collaborative), a three-year project starting October 1, 2015 with a goal to develop a model for rural communities that can be adapted and replicated in Midwestern states and beyond. LSA brings together two of the LSA network's most established senior services providers, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, to take joint action together to improve the lives of seniors in rural Minnesota and North Dakota. Both organizations are trusted providers of services for seniors and bring significant experience, expertise and infrastructure assets on which to build.

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