About the Program
The Lutheran Services in America Community Resilience Building VISTA Program is part of a new proactive, holistic, and measurable approach that builds upon the existing social services offered by local social service organizations that affect key resilience levers.
The goal is to help low-income communities better withstand and recover from a continuum of disruptions from small to large such as home fires, economic crisis, extreme weather events, or human-caused disasters.
Lutheran Services in America and its members are part of a select number of organizations invited to collaborate in the Corporation for National and Community Services Resilience AmeriCorps initiative and will sponsor eight AmeriCorps VISTA members to improve community resilience in low-income and vulnerable communities in Austin, TX (Upbring); Columbia, SC (Lutheran Services Carolinas); Fargo, ND (Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota); St. Louis, MO (Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri); St. Paul, MN (Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota); and Fort Thompson, SD (Lutheran social Services of South Dakota), with LSA headquarters in Washington D.C. serving as the host for the VISTA project lead. To learn more about the Community Resilience Building VISTA Program please click on the sub-menu above to visit other pages of our VISTA sub-site.
Meet the Team
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome five new AmeriCorps VISTAs to the Community Resilience Building Program. The Community Resilience Building Organizers will focus on helping to develop resilience projects that will impact members in eight states. Each organizer is trained and placed with a member organization to address barriers to recovery in the face of natural and manmade disruptions.