Plans are well underway for the 2017 LSA Annual Conference, May 3-6 in Washington, DC. The largest event of the year, the Annual Conference celebrates LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders. We will welcome a dynamic slate of speakers for the Annual Conference, both from within our social ministry network and outside the network, including two of our keynote presenters.
LSA Network at Work
LSA will partner with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame on a new learning cohort for LSA members with programs targeting self-sufficiency among people living in poverty. LSA members will have the opportunity to partner with LEO on rigorous program evaluations and participate in peer learning.
Ken Daly, an accomplished executive with a career spanning five decades and a new member of the LSA Board of Directors, believes that curiosity and passion are the keys to success.
When Stephanie Chedid arrived at Luther Manor as only the third Chief Executive Officer in the organization's history, she became the first woman to shoulder the role. A life plan community, Luther Manor has three campuses across Wisconsin and is home to over 500 residents and nearly the same number of employees.
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.
The 2017 CEO Academy, to be held Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2017 in sunny Safety Harbor, Florida, is a highly interactive, three-day event that brings together chief executives from leading Lutheran social ministry organizations to share, learn, and build connections. This year's agenda focuses on Seizing Opportunity, Realizing the Future, and features an exciting line-up of speakers.
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.
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.
Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) together with the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), Autism Speaks, the Autism Society, and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) are proud to announce the introduction of the Disability Community Act (H.R. 5902) in the United States Congress. On July 14, 2016, Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) led the introduction of this bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives with Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH). The bill is also supported by the leaders of the Congressional Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI).
Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) is pleased to welcome Tamaria Kelly as the AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) Community Resilience-Building Program Leader. Over the next twelve months, Tamaria will be responsible for managing and supporting a network of seven VISTA members under a grant recently awarded to LSA by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She will work with VISTA staff at LSA member organizations to build resilience in low-income communities. The VISTA members will be hosted and sponsored by members of the LSA Disaster Network including: Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Lutheran Services Florida, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri, and Upbring. The program will improve the ability of low-income communities to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse shocks and stresses, including natural and human-caused disasters, by implementing a variety of activities that will support the communities through assessment, risk mitigation, preparedness, volunteer training, and disaster services improvement.