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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Friday, September 18, 2015

Washington Hosts the Pontiff – Preparations for Pope Francis’s Historic Visit to DC

The Washington, D.C. area has been preparing for the arrival next week of Pope Francis, leader of the global Roman Catholic Church. During this historic visit, the Pope will be welcomed by the President at the White House, will hold a special mass at Catholic University and will address a joint meeting of Congress, in addition to visiting local congregations and volunteers and a stop at an organization affiliated with Catholic Charities USA that feeds the poor and homeless in the city.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Being Lutheran is to be part of a larger faith community called Lutheran

What does it mean to be part of a larger faith community called Lutheran? And what does Lutheran Services in America — a network of 300 Lutheran social ministry organizations — have to do with it? For Lutheran social ministry, being part of a broader faith community means that we are connected.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Welcome Abbie Blake! Valparaiso University Intern Joins LSA for Fall Term

LSA is pleased to welcome Abigail Blake, a senior at Valparaiso University majoring in International Economics & Cultural Affairs, to Lutheran Services in America (LSA). Abbie is spending the fall 2015 semester at the Lutheran Services in America office in Washington, D.C. working with Member Engagement, the team responsible for serving and connecting our membership.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

What happens when the Disability Network gets together?

The LSA Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based organizations and Lutheran professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To date, LSA-DN includes 25 member organizations that provide support to more than 150,000 individuals, in 32 states and the Virgin Islands.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Before a Disaster Strikes – Preparing Communities to be Ready and Resilient

Have you ever experienced a disaster? Not the kind where you burn the turkey on Thanksgiving Day or even the time you sent a fundraising letter with all incorrect names. No, I mean a true disaster, such as a hurricane, fire, tornado, flood, earthquake or even a man-made disaster such as a factory explosion. Thankfully I have not and hopefully you haven't either, but the reality is there are disasters large and small, declared and undeclared, each and every year throughout the U.S. Whether they affect one person or thousands of families all disasters leave a path of destruction and heartache in their wake.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Member Helping Member – Clearinghouse of Donated Goods Serves Other Nonprofits in a Big Way

As a new staff member at Lutheran Services in America, my favorite part of the job, hands-down, is to meet our members. I don’t think there's a better way to understand an organization and how it operates than to visit in person. Recently, Alesia Frerichs, VP of Member Engagement, and I took a trip to Baltimore to visit the Kathryn's Kloset ministry of Diakon. Diakon, a member of LSA, is a social ministry organization that provides a range of senior services and programs and services for children, youth and families. They serve communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and annually touch the lives of 50,000-60,000 people.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Kate Harding's Story – an ADA Reflection

By Carol Slight, Vice President of FIlling Homes

Kate Harding, who has lived at Filling Home in Napoleon, Ohio, for the past seven years, attended the ADA 25th anniversary celebration at the Toledo Zoo on July 20th.

After the event, Kate shared some of her memories of a less accessible community with Carol Slight, VP of Filling Homes…

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Friday, August 7, 2015

A Summer in DC - My Eight Weeks of Fellowship at LSA

With the blink of an eye, the 8 weeks of my fellowship with LSA have come to an end. This always seems to happen – I start out a semester or a summer thinking that I have all the time in the world, but when I look back on it I'm shocked at how quickly it ran by. I want to express my appreciation to the LSA staff for their immense support and guidance this summer, particularly my supervisors: Tania Hernandez-Anderson (Vice President of Marketing) and Deborah Hoesly (Vice President of Development).

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