Lutheran social ministry has a rich tradition of serving children and families through foster care and adoption services. During this season of blessings and gratitude, we honor this legacy and the countless people in our community of faith who answer the call to serve. Read on for a wrap-up of stories, information and resources on helping strengthen families and communities.
LSA Network at Work
November is National Adoption Month - we celebrate the many members of our social ministry community who answer the call to love and serve our neighbor by working with children and families in creating permanent, loving homes across the United States.
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.
LSA and other national nonprofit groups have called on Congress to act immediately on legislation that will preserve charitable giving incentives that expired at the end of 2014. There are countless examples of how nonprofit organizations make a difference in your communities every day, and they are supported in large part through charitable giving.
On October 7, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) presented Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA) with a plaque in recognition of his work on behalf of the disability community and his efforts to pass the historic ABLE legislation, an important step to providing more financial independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Thirty-six senior financial services representatives from LSA member organizations gathered in Philadelphia for the annual Lutheran Financial Managers Association (LFMA) meeting on October 4-6, 2015 to share best practices, network, and explore new trends in financial management. Kim Roque, Director of Member Engagement, attended on behalf of LSA.
Just ask Jodi Harpstead, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). Jodi says that the question she is most frequently asked during an interview, "How can an organization celebrating its 150th anniversary be relevant and innovative in 2015?" is also her favorite question to answer. For Jodi and LSS, it is part of their DNA and what makes them the strong organization they are today.
Forty representatives from 20+ LSA-DN member organizations gathered in Chicago at the ELCA headquarters for the Summer 2015 meeting on August 6 & 7. Network members learned from each other and several expert speakers about emerging trends in supports for people with disabilities. The network also celebrated the upcoming retirements of both Cindy Schroeder from Mosaic and Bill Nolan from KenCrest. Bill and Cindy have been the backbone of LSA-DN for many years and will be truly missed!
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) President and CEO, Charlotte Haberaecker, has been honored as one of this year's recipients of The NonProfit Times magazine's "Power & Influence Top 50" listing for her impact on behalf of the LSA network and Lutheran social ministry. LSA is one of the nation's largest health and human services networks, touching the lives of one in 50 people in the U.S. every year. The network spans the spectrum of care, providing critical services in communities across the country, from health care to disaster relief, senior care, refugee resettlement, disability support, housing, veterans' services and more.
On July 17, 17 providers of services to seniors, all members of the LSA network, met in Washington, D.C. to talk about senior wellness and how care to improve the lives of older Americans is being redefined by social ministry organizations. As the largest faith-based non-profit group serving older adults in the United States, representing close to 200 Lutheran social ministry organizations that offer senior care, the LSA network has provided a broad range of care and support for seniors from all walks of life in all types of communities for decades.