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LSA Representing Our Members with Leaders on Capitol Hill

This year marks the beginning of the 114th Congressional session, and many of the federal programs and funding sources that are crucial to the work of Lutheran social ministry are at the forefront of the current Congressional policy debate. In anticipation of landmark legislation that could potentially affect our members being put before Congress, we made sure that we were focused on the valuable work of building relationships with key policymakers.

LSA Member Engagement Team Welcomes Summer Fellow, Christian Balodis

Christian Balodis, a rising junior at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, is joining LSA this summer as a Member Engagement intern, supporting the team responsible for serving and connecting our membership. Christian is a Political Science and English major who is active with multiple student organizations, including Muhlenberg Student Government and the Muhlenberg Dynamics a Capella group, for which he is the business director.

LSA Welcomes CAPS Fellow, Miranda Joebgen

Miranda Joebgen is a rising senior at Valparaiso University in Indiana. She joins LSA via the university’s Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) Fellows Program which prepares honors students for lives of leadership and service through intensive experiential learning opportunities. LSA was one of the pilot locations for this program in 2014, and we’re honored to have again been chosen to help provide a fellow with a reflective workplace experience to better develop long-term career aspirations. Miranda will be working on marketing and development projects with LSA.

From Ideas to Transformation – Improving Lives for At-Risk Youth

What happens when you bring 12 Lutheran Social Ministry organizations together in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation? The first week in June in Sacramento, I was blessed to observe that what you get is a lot of ideas, support and information exchange that leads to organizational changes and transformation.

Foster Care – Stories of Hope

Last month was recognized as Foster Care Month. Every child or young person that comes to the foster care system arrives through different circumstances having experienced traumatic and troubling situations. I was very moved by the many stories we highlighted over the past few weeks, stories that speak to the people that our members walk alongside and how their lives have been shaped through their experiences with foster families and caregivers.

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