The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, September 7, 2021


CEO Summit 2022 Opening Soon!

Registration for CEO Summit 2022: A Future Reimagined will open in early September. CEO Summit, which will be held in person in Tampa, Florida, January 23–26, will explore how leaders are reimagining the health and human services sector and guiding their organizations, partners, and key stakeholders in the post-pandemic world. Look out for an official announcement shortly after Labor Day.

Spirituality and Aging Certificate Program

As an affiliate of the New Theological Seminary of the West, the Coalition on Spirituality and Aging has developed an online, master’s level course on the interplay between spirituality and the experience of aging. Our mission is to engage community organizations as well as faith communities in creating vibrant services and ministries that support and celebrate older adults by empowering leaders with current knowledge about aging in the context of spirituality.

Course Schedule:

Orientation:     Saturday, September 18

Course 1:        Saturday, October 16

Course 2:        Saturday, November 20

Course 3:        Saturday, January 15

Course 4:        Saturday, February 12

  • The Orientation is a 3-4 hour Zoom call. Other dates are 1 hour Zoom calls.
  • Program will use the Moodle course management system and includes power point presentations, recorded videos, assigned readings and other resources prepared by the leaders of this program.
  • Coursework will be done independently before and between the virtual class meetings on the dates listed above.
  • Student Projects will be due in mid-March.

For more information click HERE.


LSA Member Benefits

Did you know as an LSA member you have discounted services at Purdue Global University? Learn more about the education benefits for partner employees and attend the short Open House to learn more about the programs and classes available to you and your staff.
Register here
Date: Tuesday, September, 14, 2021 8:00pm – 8:30pm EST



Funding Opportunity

  • NIA IMPACT Collaboratory Pilot Grants
    Grants to fund pilot pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs) that test non-pharmacological interventions embedded in health care system(s) for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD) and their care partners.
    Letter of Intent Deadline: Sep 17, 2021  
    Sponsor: The John A. Hartford Foundation 
  • Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program
    Grants to fund service coordinators to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic self-sufficiency, including the provision of job training, employment, adult education, housing, and health resources.
    Application Deadline: Sep 17, 2021
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  • Wells Fargo Community Giving Programs
    Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing affordability, financial health, small business growth, and the environment.
    Application Deadline:  On-going opportunity
    Sponsor: Wells Fargo


Advocacy Update

House Passes Budget Resolution, Negotiations Continue on Next Steps for “Human Infrastructure” Package

On August 24, in a brief return from its August recess, the House of Representatives passed, on a party-line vote, the budget resolution previously passed by the Senate. The resolution will form the basis for the broad “human infrastructure” bill expected to total nearly $3.5 trillion.  That bill will enact many of the provisions included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, including the proposed expansion of Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) with $400 billion in funding.   

House and Senate committee leaders are currently working together to draft the actual language of the bill, a process complicated by disagreement within the Democratic party about what to include.  In the House, progressives are vowing not to support the traditional infrastructure bill unless a vote is first held on the human infrastructure package, while moderates are standing firm on the opposite position.  In the Senate, where the success of the vote depends on the support of all 50 Senate Democrats under the reconciliation procedure, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) continue to state that they will not support the package at its current cost.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has vowed to vote on both major bills by September 27, but that deadline may be difficult to meet given the remaining disputes.   

Lutheran Services in America continues to advocate for the inclusion of key provisions of the President’s proposals in the reconciliation package, 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 grant 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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