LSA is excited to welcome Danielle Steinwart and Nura Zaki to the LSA team. Danielle and Nura join us as part of the 2016 Valparaiso University's Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) Fellows Program Internship which prepares students for lives of leadership and service through intensive experiential learning opportunities.
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome Natalie Goodnow to work with LSA's Member Engagement team. Natalie, who is pursuing a Master's in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will focus on older youth and the importance of permanent adult relationships (either formal and informal) as at risk youth age out of the child welfare system.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) expanded its partnership with the Provider Exchange® at its annual conference in Minneapolis. The Provider Exchange® expands the work begun last year to provide technical assistance to 12 LSA members by adding seven LSA members to a new cohort to identify and implement best practices for youth at risk of aging out of the child welfare system to achieve permanency, either with a permanent family (through reunification, adoption or guardianship) or through a lifelong connection to a committed, caring adult.
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) announces a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps VISTA, to participate in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. This new initiative helps communities plan and implement efforts necessary to become more resilient to extreme weather events and other impacts of climate change.
The theme of the LSA 2016 Annual Conference was "Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light," and this sentiment was felt throughout the keynote speakers, the breakout sessions, the community of practice meetings, the worship and the opportunities for fellowship and friendship. We were blessed with the participation of close to 350 people, our largest gathering in three years, engaged in the work of Lutheran social ministry, called to serve and guided by our mission to lift up our communities and amplify our voices.
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) has joined Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) as an associate member, aligning two national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in the U.S.
Please join us in welcoming Caleb Rollins to the Lutheran Services in America network. As of March 21, Caleb joins LSA in Washington, D.C. as Development Manager, reporting to Vice President of Development Deborah Hoesly. Caleb will work closely with Deborah to pursue funding opportunities for LSA and its members and engage LSA's foundation and individual partners to advance our network's mission.
Congratulations to Bill Hanawalt, Executive Director of Peace Community Center, for being one of nine people nationally selected as a “White House Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity.” Bill was chosen because of his commitment to advocating for summer learning, meals and violence prevention in Tacoma, Washington. Peace Community Center is a member of the LSA network and Bill has served on our board.
Join hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders for our biggest event of the year as we come together to celebrate LSA's national, strong and trusted network. Called by our shared heritage and mission, we are growing the future of Lutheran social ministry and honoring those we serve.
It's an exciting time at Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) as we welcome two new interns to our Washington, D.C. office for the spring semester as part of the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS).