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Lutheran Services in America Elects New Board Members & Officers

Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) has elected to its Board of Directors Jodi Harpstead, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, and Christie Hinrichs, president and CEO of Nebraska-based organization Tabitha. Dr. Bruce Kintz, president and CEO of Concordia Publishing House, has been appointed to the Board as a Class B Board Director.

Lutheran Services in America Selected by The Annie E. Casey Foundation to Participate in Provider Exchange

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) announced it has been invited by The Annie E. Casey Foundation to participate in the Provider Exchange®, a network of child welfare providers that commit their work to improve the lives of children and families. The LSA cohort of providers will create evidence-based practices and outcomes-guided programs to improve the well-being and lives of at-risk youth and families across the United States.

Lutheran Services in America Launches LSA Disaster Network to Increase Capacity to Help Local Communities When Disasters Strike

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) has announced the establishment of the LSA Disaster Network to build partnerships and obtain additional resources for Lutheran social ministry organizations active in disaster services. The LSA Disaster Network will leverage the experience, expertise, and national footprint of LSA member organizations to increase members’ ability to help local communities prepare, respond and recover from declared and undeclared disasters. LSA organizations are actively involved in disasters large and small; from recovery efforts in Super Storm Sandy to flooding in the rural communities of North Dakota.

LSA Members Participate in White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum

May 4, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Earlier this year, the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) launched a series of regional forums to provide input and ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which will take place this summer in Washington, DC. The forums are designed to engage with leaders in the field of aging, older Americans, their families, caregivers and others on key issues affecting older Americans.

Three member organizations of the Lutheran Services in America (LSA) network were invited by the White House to attend the most recent regional forum, held in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 27, 2015. Representing the LSA network at the event were Pat Savage, president and CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries; Roxanne Jenkins, associate vice president of Older Adult Services at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; Bill Serr, president and CEO of Graceworks Lutheran Services; and Judy Budi, vice president of Residential Care, Graceworks Lutheran Services.

Key federal government officials headlined the event, including Julian Castro, secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Kathy Greenlee, administrator for the Administration for Community Living and assistant secretary for Aging within the US Department for Health and Human Services (HHS); and Nora Super, executive director of the White House Conference on Aging. State and regional leaders included Kathleen Falk, regional director for HHS Region 5, as well as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-9).

Top Charitable Organizations Join Forces to Educate, Innovate and Act to Reduce Poverty in America

Top leaders from several of the nation's largest humanitarian organizations and advocates announced a new collaboration today to fight the War on Poverty. Brought together by Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), leadership from Feeding America, Save the Children, The Salvation Army, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Lutheran Services in America, United Way and The Alliance for Children and Families all agreed to work together in 2014 to educate, innovate and act to reduce poverty in communities across the country.

CEO Roundtable Aims to Revolutionize the way Poverty Reduction is Approached

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) convened with Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and several of the nation's largest humanitarian organizations on February 14, 2014 for a CEO Roundtable that resulted in the discovery of opportunities to educate, innovate and act to reduce poverty in the United States based on the needs of our time.

LSA to Take Part in 3rd Annual National Poverty Summit

Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2014). – On Wednesday, April 2 at 9am, Catholic Charities USA, joined by academics, policymakers and non-profit leaders, will host the 3rd Annual National Poverty Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit will showcase the innovative approaches and passionate commitment that so many individuals and organizations exhibit each and every day to ending poverty in America and strengthening our nation so that everyone, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status, has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


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