Thursday, November 19, 2015

How Do We Know When We’re Making a Difference?

What makes the LSA network so unique? In the words of LSA President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker, "we grow and we do." It is in the "doing together" that our network of Lutheran social ministry organizations achieves true impact. It is in the doing that we combine our collective strength to achieve better outcomes for the people we serve.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Connection between Church and Social Ministry

Being part of this broader faith community called Lutheran means that our work in social ministry has longstanding connections with the Church. LSA is aligned with two national Lutheran Church bodies, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). This affiliation takes shape through our bylaws, our Board of Directors and our members, who are affiliated with or recognized by one or both Church bodies. Our members are very closely connected with their Synods, Districts and congregations in their communities.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Sharing a Mission for Leadership – Delivering Compassionate Care to Seniors

The hum of the lively conversation and the energy of mission and purpose could be felt throughout the LSA member reception at the LeadingAge conference. Over 100 people from over 26 member organizations in our network joined their peers at the reception we hosted Nov. 1 in Boston for our LSA family. We enjoyed lively conversations, connections and networking.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lutherans Serving Seniors – a Long History of Care & Innovation

Were you aware that Lutherans are the largest faith- based group serving seniors? Over 20% of the senior residential living units in the top 100 nonprofit providers is a member of LSA. Of our network of 300 Lutheran social ministry organizations, about 200 of them provide services to seniors. These services help seniors live a fuller, more abundant life through a continuum of services that range from in-home services to senior housing, rehabilitation, respite care and senior centers.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

The Halfway Point

It is hard to believe that I have already been working with Lutheran Services in America for six weeks. It seems like just yesterday I was walking past the Capitol building in awe, ecstatic that I found my way to LSA without getting lost or being late on my first day. Today, I went through the motions of getting on the metro and heading past the Capitol without any concerns. I know my way around now, this is starting to feel more like my city. Today, someone asked me for directions and I knew exactly what to tell them. A lot has happened in these six weeks, and I have started to look at the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) as my adopted community.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Speaking Up for Ourselves & Others – Helping People with Disabilities Tell Their Stories

Recently, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) had the privilege of hosting 30 self-advocates, family members, direct support staff and program staff from Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Filling Homes, KenCrest, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Mosaic for our second "Speak Up! Self-Advocate Training" in Washington, DC.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Calling Young Leaders – Share Your Thoughts on the Impact of Grants for Young Leaders Called to Serve

Wheat Ridge Ministries, a member of the LSA network, is committed to engaging young adults as the next generation of effective Christian leaders. Through their Burst Grant program, Wheat Ridge supports the creative sparks of young adults called to serve by funding innovative social service start-ups around the country. These programs address needs and critical gaps in communities in a wide variety of ways, from after-school programming to community gardens, services for seniors to resources for immigrants and refugees.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Beginning of My Internship and Time in DC

In the last week I have participated in two editorial meetings, met a Congressman from Georgia, sat in on a call with the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network and learned about the database system for Lutheran Services of America. I have been welcomed into a team of dedicated individuals who truly want to make a difference in the lives of their members’ staff and clients.

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