The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, July 13, 2021



Join us—in person—for our exclusive forum for CEOs with a shared mission: the Lutheran Services in America CEO Summit 2022, in Tampa, Florida, January 23-26.

Tap into the power of our strong network to gain actionable insights, share learnings and innovative ideas, and build meaningful connections, all within a trusted environment.

We’ll explore how leaders are reimagining the health and human services sector and guiding their organizations, partners, and key stakeholders in the post-pandemic world. You’ll learn from leading experts, as well as your peers, about:

  • Expanding leadership capacities to adapt to the new environment,
  • Sparking innovative partnerships and business models to maintain competitiveness, and
  • Partnering with your board to create a more skilled, diverse, and inclusive board of directors.

Stay tuned to your email for more details about the event, including speakers and registration information, in the coming months.

For more information, please visit our website here.

Lutheran Financial Managers Association Reimagined 2021 Conference: Bringing you the Magic of Finance

Register NOW for Early Bird Pricing – **Extended until July 15th

November 7-9, 2021 - Grand Cypress Hotel - Orlando, FL

2020 and 2021 have been unique years for all of us. Funding challenges, increased demand, concern about employee well-being, and continued cyber threats abound. Join your financial and risk management colleagues this November in Orlando to share experiences and solutions, and to gain valuable knowledge that will help sustain your organization through 2022 and beyond.

Click here for the full agenda and registration.

Strength & Service Series

Cyber Attacks – Are you at Risk?

Date July 15th, 1:00-2:00pmET

It is predicted that a business is being hit by ransomware every 11 seconds in 2021, and that it results on average 16-19 days of downtime. Join this session to learn about Cyber Risk management, the latest trends, including the role and important considerations around cyber insurance coverage and top cybersecurity best practices you should be implementing.


  • Rafael Haciski, Vice President at Johnson Kendall Johnson
  • Alexandra Bretschneider, Cyber Practice Leader Johnson Kendall Johnson

Register here 

Innovations Looking Forward: What Worked & What Is Here to Stay in Senior Services

Date:  July 21st, 1:00-2:00pmET

Senior living providers embraced new strategies and tools to keep residents, their families, and the workforce safe, healthy, and happy during the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many new engagement technology, communication strategies, and workforce strategies evolved out of necessity and have become the “new normal” in day-to-day senior living operations. While the feeling of crisis mode has begun to subside or slow down, what do senior living leaders think are the tools & strategies that are here to stay beyond the pandemic? How will leaders continue to think differently and more strategically – what considerations should be made moving forward?

During this webinar, Dave Gehm, President and CEO of Wellspring Lutheran, and Sloan Bentley, President and CEO, Lutheran Life Communities will discuss with Jack York, President and Cofounder of IN2L, the innovative strategies that their teams adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think will remain part of the norm of senior services in the future.

Register here



Funding Opportunity


Advocacy Update

House to Follow Senate’s Lead on Budget Resolution Setting up Reconciliation Package

House Budget Committee Democrats have decided to forgo drafting their own budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2022 and wait to pass whatever measure Senate Democrats can move through their evenly divided chamber. Both bodies must pass the same budget resolution in order to subsequently pass a filibuster-proof reconciliation package with only the votes of the 50 Democratic Senators. That reconciliation package is expected to contain many of the “human infrastructure” provisions included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. House and Senate leaders aim to pass the budget resolution before the August recess, with work on the reconciliation package itself to continue in the fall.

Lutheran Services in America has been advocating in support of key provisions of the President’s proposals, particularly the $400 billion home and community-based services (HCBS) investment (which is outlined in the Better Care Better Jobs Act, S. 2210/H.R. 4131) and a provision for $213 billion for affordable housing and homelessness services, and is urging the inclusion of the WORK NOW Act legislation (S. 740) to provide nonprofit health and human services organizations funding to pay wages, salaries, and benefits to retain staff and meet services’ demand.  Please join us in this effort through our advocacy alert calling for inclusion of these key initiatives in the package.




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