In his new book “My Journey from Boxing Ring to Boardroom: 5 Essential Virtues to Life and Leadership,” Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan president and CEO Héctor Colón outlines the guiding principles for achieving greatness while serving the needs of others.
The Senate must amend its current draft of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, which excludes many of the areas most important to our members as outlined in our key priorities.
On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a hallmark piece of legislation that officially ensured equal treatment for people with disabilities in America. This groundbreaking law was a long-overdue extension of civil rights to one in four Americans. Now, we must go even further than the ADA in the days ahead.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Mosaic, which is thoughtfully responding to both the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism in our country. Mosaic quickly implemented protocols to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in their community. Amidst those precautions, staff are still finding ways to engage people with disabilities in fun activities. Mosaic has also responded to the death of George Floyd and the underlying problem of systemic racism, and calls on all of us to address our own biases that contribute to inequity and discrimination.
The Federal Reserve Board continues to develop guidelines for the Main Street Lending Program. Lutheran Services in America will continue to urge senators to support nonprofits through this program and to include our key priorities in their next round of coronavirus relief legislation.
LSS Wisconsin and Upper Michigan’s School Centered Mental Health program relies on a clinical therapist and family coach team to addresses children’s mental health needs, both in school and at home. By using a whole-family approach, LSS supports families with a range of needs such as parenting skills, employment, homelessness, food access, domestic violence, mental health, addiction, and more.
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to see the HEROES Act addresses some of our most important priorities. The fulfillment of these priorities would grant nonprofits the funds and resources necessary to offer the care and service needed by many Americans during this critical time.