Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Twenty Years Later: Reflecting on the Promises of Olmstead

This past weekend marked the 20th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark case Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W. in which the Court found that the Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities from “unjustified segregation.” Despite our progress over the last 20 years, much work remains to realize the true promises of Olmstead.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Great Strides Being Made for Wisconsin Students via Results Innovation Lab

Since August 2018, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) has applied the practice of results-based leadership provided by Lutheran Services in America's Results Innovation Lab to demonstrate improvement in the lives of thousands of people. In Wisconsin, 78 percent of students overall meet the level of “proficient” for reading and comprehension in the third grade. However, a different story emerges when data is disaggregated. It is undeniable the system works for some students, but not for all.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

It’s National Foster Care Month! Thanking America’s Foster Families

Foster care and adoption is a major area of focus for Lutheran Services in America’s member organizations. National Foster Care Month presents us with the opportunity to offer sincere gratitude to the dedicated parents who touch so many lives — particularly given our continuing shortage of available foster parents and children in need — as well as the children who courageously embrace life-altering change. We invite you to view a collection of illuminating videos from foster care and adoption organizations within the Lutheran Services in America national network.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Spotlight from the Chronicle of Philanthropy

How exciting it was to read about the huge difference Lutheran social ministries are making in so many people’s lives in this month’s Chronicle of Philanthropy. In naming Lutheran Services in America to its “America’s Favorite Charities 2018” List, the Chronicle highlighted how we’ve been able to significantly increase donations for our work, “beating a national trend of declines for social-service charities.” The publication also highlighted the success of our rebranding and compelling messaging, “aimed at raising our profile “in an era when government support for the safety net is endangered.” None of this would be possible without the generosity of our supporters and the innovation of our members nationwide.

On that front, the Chronicle of Philanthropy piece also explored the important projects which several Lutheran Services in America members have tackled, and the success they’re seeing in efforts including protecting patient access to Medicaid, combatting child abuse, and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can click here to read a related press release highlighting profiles of three of our more than 300 valued members.

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