Plans are well underway for the 2017 LSA Annual Conference, May 3-6 in Washington, DC. The largest event of the year, the Annual Conference celebrates LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders. We will welcome a dynamic slate of speakers for the Annual Conference, both from within our social ministry network and outside the network, including two of our keynote presenters.
LSA will partner with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame on a new learning cohort for LSA members with programs targeting self-sufficiency among people living in poverty. LSA members will have the opportunity to partner with LEO on rigorous program evaluations and participate in peer learning.
Today, Lutheran Services in America announced that Rachel Kerestes joined the organization as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) to bring together key leaders serving children, youth, and families to participate in AECF's preeminent Results-Based Leadership Institute (RBLI). This collective work is made possible through the continued generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has previously partnered with LSA on two prior learning cohorts.
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is pleased to announce an exciting addition to the Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative. North Dakota State University (NDSU), a top-100 research institution, will be the independent evaluator tasked with quantifying the impact of the Collaborative on seniors aging in rural communities. In October 2015, LSA brought together two of the LSA network’s senior services providers, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, forming the Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative. The Collaborative brings senior services providers together in an active learning community with a common mission to build a body of evidence for home and community-based services that are effective at helping low-income and vulnerable seniors remain in their homes; share learnings for faster adoption throughout the country; and partner effectively with health systems and other payment entities to ensure the long term financial sustainability of proven programs.
Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) is pleased to welcome Tamaria Kelly as the AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) Community Resilience-Building Program Leader. Over the next twelve months, Tamaria will be responsible for managing and supporting a network of seven VISTA members under a grant recently awarded to LSA by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She will work with VISTA staff at LSA member organizations to build resilience in low-income communities. The VISTA members will be hosted and sponsored by members of the LSA Disaster Network including: Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Lutheran Services Florida, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri, and Upbring. The program will improve the ability of low-income communities to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse shocks and stresses, including natural and human-caused disasters, by implementing a variety of activities that will support the communities through assessment, risk mitigation, preparedness, volunteer training, and disaster services improvement.
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA), is proud to collaborate with The Arc of the United States’ Center for Future Planning on an initiative to connect older caregivers who support a family member with intellectual and developmental disability to future planning resources. The Arc has engaged a number of national and state partners to participate in this project including The Arc of North Carolina, The Arc of Tennessee, The National Council on Aging, the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, the University of Illinois in Chicago’s (UIC) Department of Disability and Human Development, and LSA. This one-year project is made possible through a grant to The Arc from The Retirement Research Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s elders.
LSA is proud to announce a new partnership with The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) designed to bring together key leaders of the LSA Children, Youth & Families (CYF) community of practice to participate in AECF’s renowned Results-Based Leadership Institute (RBLI.)
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors and announced newly elected officers following its Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. in April.
Larry Bradshaw, President and CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), was elected by member CEOs as a Director during the Annual Meeting of the membership that took place on April 27 in Minneapolis. James P. Zils, retired insurance industry executive, was appointed as a Director by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Both terms run from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019.
On Monday and Tuesday, June 13-14, 10 members of LSA-DN's Policy & Advocacy Team (PAT) held several meetings on Capitol Hill with key Congressional offices. PAT strategized with Karen Summar in Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) office on furthering the Transition to Independence Act to increase integrated employment for people with disabilities. We then met with David Hoppe, Chief of Staff for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Ted McCann, Policy Advisor to the Speaker, on the recently released GOP Poverty Plan, its possible impact on people with disabilities, and future partnership opportunities with the network and the Speaker.