The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, August 4, 2020


The Lutheran Services in America “Strength & Service Series”

Allyship - Fostering Relationships, Lifting Up Voices, Joining In Struggles
Date: August 25, 2020
Time: 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT
Host: Corey Flournoy, Principal at Creative Outreach Consulting, LLC and Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Groupon

The goal of allyship is to create a relationship in which marginalized people feel valued, supported, and heard. Being an ally is not a label - it is a verb.

Leaders from throughout the Lutheran Services in America network are invited to join an engaging, guided conversation about an important relationship needed for success. Though sometimes difficult to achieve for marginalized employees, allyship can be a dynamic and powerful learning and relationship-building tool. By building meaningful two-way relationships imbued with empathy, allies offer and give each other support and commit to lean on and learn from each other. Allyship can strengthen and change the Lutheran Services in America network for the better across cultural lines. This interactive, 90-minute virtual session will be led by Corey Flournoy, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Groupon and founding partner of Creative Outreach Consulting in Chicago. Register here

A Conversation About the Future of Our Not-for-Profit Senior Living & Care Sector
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 EDT
Hosts: Dan Hermann, President and CEO of Ziegler, Lisa McCracken, Director of Senior Living Research of Ziegler 

Ziegler, a long-time sponsor of LSA, will outline the key considerations for not-for-profit senior living providers to help balance the demands of the pandemic while staying focused on the big-picture/strategic direction of an organization. In addition, member CEO’s, David Trost of St. John’s United and Larry Bradshaw of National Lutheran Communities & Services, will be present to respond to key discussion points as well as detail how their organizations are positioning for future, long-term viability in spite of COVID-19.

This session is designed for CEOs, CFOs, COOs and Board Members. Register here.





Advocacy Update

Senate Draft of Next Coronavirus Relief Bill Introduced: Many Improvements Needed

On Monday, the draft version of Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, his response to the HEROES Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in May, was introduced and negotiations among lawmakers began.  In its current form, the bill is not an adequate response to the needs of health and human services nonprofits or our country’s most vulnerable people.  It neglects many of the areas most important to our members as outlined in our key priorities and our ongoing advocacy efforts, including forgivable loans for nonprofits of all sizes and additional targeted financial resources for nonprofit front line health and human services providers.  We know that this draft version of the Senate bill is the next step in negotiating a final version of this possibly final relief package, so it is vital we make our voices heard now before the final bill is completed.  Please join us in sending a message to your Senators by clicking here to use our advocacy tool.

House Passes Legislation to Shore Up Child Care, Help Support Return to Work

On Wednesday, in a bipartisan vote of 249 to 163, the House passed the “Child Care is Essential Act,” H.R. 7027.  The bill would provide $50 billion to a Child Care Stabilization Fund, within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant program, to be awarded to child care providers during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The money would be used to help stabilize the child care sector and support providers to safely reopen and operate, thus providing workers the child care they need to return to or remain in their jobs.  Supporters of the bill are hopeful that some or all of its provisions may be included in the final version of the HEALS Act.

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