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Hurricane Matthew Relief

Lutheran Services in America member Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is on standby to offer immediate relief to people in need throughout Florida. As a local community partner leading disaster relief efforts throughout the state, LSF will coordinate recovery efforts, assist people in a holistic and compassionate way by meeting their varied needs (including mental health services and trauma informed care) and help provide long-term recovery care by addressing unmet needs in the months and years following this natural disaster.

Lutheran Services in America and the Annie E. Casey Foundation Bring Together Key Leaders to Improve Child Well-being Programs in the United States

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) to bring together key leaders serving children, youth, and families to participate in AECF's preeminent Results-Based Leadership Institute (RBLI). This collective work is made possible through the continued generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has previously partnered with LSA on two prior learning cohorts.

Lutheran Services in America member, Upbring, Assists with Disaster Response Efforts for Parishes in Louisiana Flooding

The floodwaters swamping South Louisiana are being called the largest US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the number of families needing help rises each day. The strain on families is astounding. While it's impossible to assess the full scope of destruction at this stage of the crisis, we know the process of rebuilding lives will certainly linger long after the land is dry. And we also know that there are tens of thousands of families in need.

LSA Forms National Collaboration with The Arc of the United States to Support Aging Caregivers and their Family Members with Disabilities to Plan for the Future

Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA), is proud to collaborate with The Arc of the United States’ Center for Future Planning on an initiative to connect older caregivers who support a family member with intellectual and developmental disability to future planning resources. The Arc has engaged a number of national and state partners to participate in this project including The Arc of North Carolina, The Arc of Tennessee, The National Council on Aging, the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, the University of Illinois in Chicago’s (UIC) Department of Disability and Human Development, and LSA. This one-year project is made possible through a grant to The Arc from The Retirement Research Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s elders.

2016 Provider Exchange® Launches Second Cohort at LSA Annual Conference

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) expanded its partnership with the Provider Exchange® at its annual conference in Minneapolis. The Provider Exchange® expands the work begun last year to provide technical assistance to 12 LSA members by adding seven LSA members to a new cohort to identify and implement best practices for youth at risk of aging out of the child welfare system to achieve permanency, either with a permanent family (through reunification, adoption or guardianship) or through a lifelong connection to a committed, caring adult.

Wheat Ridge Ministries Now Accepting Nominations for Emerging Leader Award – Deadline is May 20

Do you know someone who is motivated by Christ and making a difference in lives and communities affected by poverty? Wheat Ridge, a member of the Lutheran Services in America network, is seeking submissions for the Richard E. Herman Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes the commitment and service of a leader who is changing the systems that perpetuate poverty, whether through their professional work or as a volunteer. The focus of this award is driven by an understanding that Jesus' life, ministry and teachings involved deep engagement with and love for those on the margins of society.

Providing the Keys to Home

For Lutheran Services Carolinas, a member of the LSA network, working to help people in their community live independent, meaningful lives are key to their mission. When LSC partnered with Bridge of Hope, they found a partner to work with to bring together single mothers in need of support, professional support and volunteer mentors from the local church community.

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.

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