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26 years

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6 million

people empowered across 1,400 communities

NEWS & INSIGHTS

Welcome, Alesia!

Lutheran Services in America welcomes Alesia Frerichs as its new president and CEO. We’re looking forward to navigating toward future success under Alesia’s leadership! Learn more about Alesia as she begins her new role.

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Lutheran Services in America Members Recognized at Third Annual Leadership Award Ceremony

In our third annual ceremony to honor distinguished members, we recognized LSF Health Systems, We Raise Foundation and Ted Goins of Lutheran Services Carolinas with our 2023 Leadership Awards for their exceptional work and leadership. Our winners reflect our network’s core values of seeking innovative solutions to transform the lives of people and lifting up the diversity of people, communities and ideas.

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Lutheran Services in America and the ELCA Expand Partnership to Address Systematic Barriers for Black, Brown and Indigenous Children and Youth

With new investment in our Results Innovation Lab from the ELCA, we’re elevating the work of Lutheran social ministry to empower families in crisis and address racial inequities in the child welfare system.

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Lutheran Services in America Recognized by Forbes in Highest Quartile of Nation’s Top 100 Charities

Forbes ranked Lutheran Services in America 25th among a distinguished group of America’s top 100 charities in 2022. The Lutheran Services in America network attracted $626 million in private donations, nearly half a billion dollars more than the $181 million cutoff for this year’s list.

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Lutheran Services in America Joins National Initiative to Support Local Vaccination Outreach Activities

We are pleased to announce that we are a partner in the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative, a $75 million initiative led by USAging and funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Through the Collaborative, we will support populations that are at greatest risk of severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19 and influenza.

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Events

STRENGTH & SERVICE SERIES

Join the Conversation: Funding Opportunities for Vaccinating Older Adults and People with Disabilities

We're partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and USAging to bring funding opportunities to our members through a unique vaccine grant initiative. Hear the most current information on how you can assist older adults and people with disabilities who have not already received their COVID and flu vaccines.

February 16, 2023

1:00 p.m. ET

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A Conversation with Dr. Dora Hughes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Join Dr. Dora Hughes as she shares how CMS is encouraging innovation to advance health equity in rural and underserved communities. You will also hear from Knute Nelson’s Lindsey Sand on their population health strategy.

February 27, 2023

1:00 p.m. ET

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STRENGTH & SERVICE SERIES

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace

Join us for a new series of webinars with DEI expert Tommie Lewis for the “who,” “what” and “how’s” of making practical and realistic changes in our lives and workplace to better understand our differences, foster mutual respect and build more effective working relationships.

February 7, 2023

2:00 p.m. ET

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SPECIAL EVENTS

2023 Lutheran Financial Managers Association Conference

The LFMA conference is your opportunity to network with your peers and learn from experts on how to respond effectively to our current environment.

March 29, 2023 - March 31, 2023

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300 health and human services organizations in 1,400 communities

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MEMBER NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Lutheran Services Carolinas Expands New Americans Program

Lutheran Services Carolinas opened another office in Myrtle Beach to support refugees in their resettlement efforts in South Carolina. Lutheran Services Carolinas’s New Americans Program offers housing, healthcare and other important services. “There is nothing more American than supporting those who come here,” said Matt Emery.

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Advocate Aurora and Atrium Health Merge to Create Advocate Health

Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health announced that they have combined to form Advocate Health, a new organization that provides services to 6 million patients across six states. The newly formed organization aims to improve safety and outcomes, advance health equity and accelerate medical breakthroughs.

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Dennis Quaid–hosted Documentary Showcases Encircle Disability Programs

The documentary program “Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid” featured our Virginia-based member enCircle in a recent story that highlights the organization’s Minnick Schools and its programs for people with developmental disabilities. The program is currently airing on public television stations nationwide through October 2023.

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Damyn Kelly Named to the Nonprofit Power 100 List

Damyn Kelly, president and CEO of our member Lutheran Social Services of New York, was recognized for his leadership in the Nonprofit Power 100 list. The list, a partnership between City & State and its sister publication New York Nonprofit Media, identifies our sector’s most important and effective leaders in New York.

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Alligators and Lutheran Social Ministry

Our member SpiriTrust Lutheran welcomed WallyGator, a 70-pound, 5.5-foot alligator, to its facilities. It reminded Charlotte Haberaecker of the extraordinary efforts Lutheran social ministry organizations make to care for people and ensure they live a full and abundant life.

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Get timely updates on what’s going on with Lutheran Services in America and our nationwide network of member organizations.

“Serving on the Board of Lutheran Services in America is a calling for me. They are on the forefront of innovation, with nationwide impact that will help lift up children, families and communities. We’re hoping you can join us on this journey. We need you. Will you join me?”

Dr. Antonio Oftelie

Executive Director
Leadership for a Networked World
Harvard University