On March 21, the US House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). The legislation slightly amends the OAA reauthorization measure (S. 192) adopted by the Senate last July. The two chambers must now reconcile the discrepancies between their bills, which could be achieved by Senate endorsement of the House-passed version. As a result of ongoing bipartisan, bicameral negotiations, the Senate appears poised to do so as early as next month. LSA applauds the House’s approval of this critical legislation, and we look forward to working with the Senate to ensure the final bill is signed into law this year. Stay tuned to hear more about OAA reauthorization and LSA's position.
LSA Network at Work
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.
Each day Ted Goins, President and CEO of Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC), stops at Trinity Oaks, an LSC senior living community, to visit with his 85 year-old parents before continuing on his one mile commute home. A North Carolina native, Ted is the son of a Lutheran pastor and a mother nicknamed, ‘The Reverend Mother.’ When asked about his call to serve, Ted chuckles, “I blame them. They raised me for this kind of work – I have always served others.”
In late February, close to 50 social ministry leaders from more than 20 LSA member organizations convened in Arizona for the second year of the Lutheran Leadership Summit with a revamped agenda.
Join hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders for our biggest event of the year as we come together to celebrate LSA's national, strong and trusted network. Called by our shared heritage and mission, we are growing the future of Lutheran social ministry and honoring those we serve.
Over 40 individuals representing 17 LSA-DN member organizations met this week in Carefree, AZ for the 2016 Winter Meeting. Attendees focused on addressing the huge issues of DSP recruitment and retention. Using real data from their organizations, Amy Hewitt from the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration walked us through what the data says about DSP staffing challenges, what we are currently doing well, and what could be done better.
During the first week of February, 55 CEOs gathered in Carefree, Arizona for the annual LSA CEO Academy. This was one of our biggest CEO gatherings to date, and focused on the theme of “Leading Through Innovation.”
Attention volunteers and staff of Lutheran Services in America member organizations! Are You…Leading a new (less than 3 years old) health or human care focused program? Between the ages of 20 and 35 years old? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you are eligible to apply for a Burst Grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries during our special LSA Burst Grant Cycle!
LSA and a number of charitable organizations from around the country joined together on December 18 with Independent Sector to thank Congress for the bipartisan passage of the PATH Act of 2015 (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes).
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.