For Immediate Release
May 4, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Earlier this year, the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) launched a series of regional forums to provide input and ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which will take place this summer in Washington, DC. The forums are designed to engage with leaders in the field of aging, older Americans, their families, caregivers and others on key issues affecting older Americans.
Three member organizations of the Lutheran Services in America (LSA) network were invited by the White House to attend the most recent regional forum, held in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 27, 2015. Representing the LSA network at the event were Pat Savage, president and CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries; Roxanne Jenkins, associate vice president of Older Adult Services at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; Bill Serr, president and CEO of Graceworks Lutheran Services; and Judy Budi, vice president of Residential Care, Graceworks Lutheran Services.
Key federal government officials headlined the event, including Julian Castro, secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Kathy Greenlee, administrator for the Administration for Community Living and assistant secretary for Aging within the US Department for Health and Human Services (HHS); and Nora Super, executive director of the White House Conference on Aging. State and regional leaders included Kathleen Falk, regional director for HHS Region 5, as well as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-9).
The regional forums are co-sponsored with AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, and co-planned with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of more than 70 of the nation’s leading aging organizations, including LSA. Participation in the forums is by invitation only.
“As one of the largest networks of health and human services providers in the country, our members help older adults live more independent, healthy, and secure lives every day, in communities across the country,” said LSA’s president and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker. “More than two-thirds of our members provide services to seniors, and nearly 20% of the senior residential living units among the top 100 non-profit senior providers in the country are our members, making LSA the largest faith-based group serving older adults today. We are pleased to have had such dynamic LSA members in Cleveland representing the network, and look forward to continued engagement with the White House, AARP, and LCAO in support of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.”
The White House Conference on Aging has been held once a decade, beginning in 1961, and is designed to help chart the course of aging policy. The 2015 Conference will focus on four areas: ensuring retirement security; promoting healthy aging; providing long-term services and supports; and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect. Additional information on Conference activities can be found at www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov.
About Lutheran Services in America: Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 Americans each year in thousands of communities across the United States and are open to all regardless of their religious affiliation or social or economic background. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit www.lutheranservices.org.
About Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) is a faith-based not-for-profit organization that touches the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in eight West Central Pennsylvania counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset. ALSM offers childcare, children’s programs, adult day services, counseling, in-home care and a variety of senior living options to meet the needs of their community members and our residents. To learn more, visit http://www.alsm.org/
About Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offers a wide variety of human support services relating to the basics of life — food, shelter, safety, physical and emotional wellbeing. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in St. Paul, serves one in 65 Minnesotans yearly with operations in 300 Minnesota communities, and employs 2,300 people. For comprehensive information about the organization’s statewide services, visit www.lssmn.org.
About Graceworks Lutheran Services: Graceworks Lutheran Services offers a variety of nonprofit residential and community care services for senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and persons facing financial or personal challenges. Graceworks provides services in more than 50 locations in southwestern Ohio, eastern Indiana and northern Kentucky. Services include Bethany Village and Bethany Rehabilitation Center, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Graceworks at Home, Graceworks Enhanced Living, Graceworks Housing Services, Once Around Shop and Emergency Assistance Program in Preble County, and Senior Companion Program. www.graceworks.org.