"Poor people are the hardest working people in America." This is what Representative Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) told the crowd at the poverty simulation for members of Congress and their senior staff on Tuesday at the Capitol Visitor Center. Catholic Charities USA and Entergy (an energy company that works in AR, LA, MS, and TX) hosted this event that received bipartisan support and was attended by nearly one dozen members of the House.
Nine weeks sure can go by quickly. It seems like just yesterday Caleb (Rollins) and I were settling into our positions as CAPS Fellows here in D.C., and with the turn of the calendar, our final day at LSA has passed.
Earlier this summer, we asked LSA members to take part in a survey about their public policy and advocacy practices and priorities. Our goal was to fine-tune our understanding about what advocacy activities are currently of the most value to our member organizations. Among the highlights of the findings: 88% of LSA's members participate in
Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2014). – On Wednesday, April 2 at 9am, Catholic Charities USA, joined by academics, policymakers and non-profit leaders, will host the 3rd Annual National Poverty Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit will showcase the innovative approaches and passionate commitment that so many individuals and organizations exhibit each and every day to ending poverty in America and strengthening our nation so that everyone, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status, has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Three Class A Board members for the LSA Board of Directors were elected by the membership at the 2014 Annual Meeting:
Annually, UST reviews each member's account and determines if a release of funds should be made to the member. Their goal is to make sure an agency is properly funded for the payment of unemployment claims but not to hold more of their money than is necessary to meet those obligations.
LSA is featured in the Department of Commerce's Commerce in the Community series highlighting the work of community leaders and organizations that are strengthening the middle class and providing ladders of opportunity for all Americans.
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome Alesia Frerichs to our national headquarters team as Vice President of Member Engagement. Alesia brings more than 20 years of strategic management consulting experience to LSA, including having served in lead roles in program management, organizational strategy, and change management across several sectors, including healthcare and technology. Most recently, she served as Senior Consultant with Sapere Consulting, Inc., where she worked with LSA's Strategic Planning Task Force and staff to develop LSA's multi-year strategic plan.
Congratulations to our LSA-DN's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Sarah Meek, for her election as co-chair of the Long-Term Services and Supports Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. Sarah has been at LSA since December 2012, directing the Disability Network's federal advocacy activities on issues affecting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including long-term services and supports, housing, employment and transportation.
Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, spent four days traveling across the state of North Dakota visiting LSA members. Read on to see photos and details from her visits.