For Lutheran Services Carolinas, a member of the LSA network, working to help people in their community live independent, meaningful lives are key to their mission. When LSC partnered with Bridge of Hope, they found a partner to work with to bring together single mothers in need of support, professional support and volunteer mentors from the local church community.
LSA Network at Work
Each day Ted Goins, President and CEO of Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC), stops at Trinity Oaks, an LSC senior living community, to visit with his 85 year-old parents before continuing on his one mile commute home. A North Carolina native, Ted is the son of a Lutheran pastor and a mother nicknamed, ‘The Reverend Mother.’ When asked about his call to serve, Ted chuckles, “I blame them. They raised me for this kind of work – I have always served others.”
In late February, close to 50 social ministry leaders from more than 20 LSA member organizations convened in Arizona for the second year of the Lutheran Leadership Summit with a revamped agenda.
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.
Over 40 individuals representing 17 LSA-DN member organizations met this week in Carefree, AZ for the 2016 Winter Meeting. Attendees focused on addressing the huge issues of DSP recruitment and retention. Using real data from their organizations, Amy Hewitt from the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration walked us through what the data says about DSP staffing challenges, what we are currently doing well, and what could be done better.
Attention volunteers and staff of Lutheran Services in America member organizations! Are You…Leading a new (less than 3 years old) health or human care focused program? Between the ages of 20 and 35 years old? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you are eligible to apply for a Burst Grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries during our special LSA Burst Grant Cycle!
LSA and a number of charitable organizations from around the country joined together on December 18 with Independent Sector to thank Congress for the bipartisan passage of the PATH Act of 2015 (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes).
Plans are well underway for the 2016 LSA Annual Conference, April 25 – 28 in Minnesota. The largest event of the year, the Annual Conference continues to build and celebrate LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders. At the conference, we'll focus on mission, impact and innovation – and how our network of social ministry organizations comes together to transform lives and communities.
Lutheran social ministry has a rich tradition of serving children and families through foster care and adoption services. During this season of blessings and gratitude, we honor this legacy and the countless people in our community of faith who answer the call to serve. Read on for a wrap-up of stories, information and resources on helping strengthen families and communities.
November is National Adoption Month - we celebrate the many members of our social ministry community who answer the call to love and serve our neighbor by working with children and families in creating permanent, loving homes across the United States.