Offering Choice and Affordability of Benefits is an Art and a Science

By: Portico Benefit Services

November 16, 2022

A comprehensive benefits package remains one of the greatest tools for attracting and retaining quality employees. Offering a mix of health plan coverage options can help you more effectively meet the needs of employees, and it doesn’t have to cost more.

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Extravagance of Grace

October 31, 2022

By: Charlotte Haberaecker

October 31 is the 505th anniversary of the Reformation when Martin Luther shared his theological insight that God’s gift of grace in Jesus Christ frees us from being focused on ourselves and opens us to care for others. The foundation of our work is that all people have dignity and worth and that they are valued by God.

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Celebrate. Recognize. Inspire.

October 19, 2022

By: Charlotte Haberaecker

The Leadership Awards are your opportunity to celebrate, inspire and recognize your own organization as well as your peer Lutheran social ministry organizations throughout the country. Submit your nominations by December 6!

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I’ve Seen This Movie Before: “The Remake of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Old Challenges, New Day”

October 18, 2022

By: Tommie Lewis, Make It Plain Consulting

There are many tough and unanswered questions related to our workforce challenges. For years, consultant Tommie Lewis has helped individuals and organizations uncover their inherent strengths for sustained growth. Together, and during the diversity, equity and inclusion webinar series, we can uncover the inherent strengths of your people, processes and culture with practical and realistic DEI action steps that address immediate and long-term needs.

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Food Insecurity and Social Determinants of Health

October 5, 2022

By: Charlotte Haberaecker

Eighty percent of a person’s health is influenced by social determinants of health such as access to food, housing, transportation, equitable economic opportunities, and more. Join us on October 7 for a Strength & Service Series webinar to hear about USDA’s work to end hunger, reduce diet-related diseases, and advance health equity.

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Reflections: In gratitude for all that you do

As leaders of organizations centered and rooted in faith, we draw strength from each other as we persist in our mission to bring hope and healing to people.

I began a weekly CEO Update at the start of the pandemic because I thought it was important to stay in touch and communicate through a dark and uncertain time. As one of the largest nonprofit health and human services networks that cares for one in 50 people in America, we were hit especially hard by the pandemic.

While some CEO Updates were about important advocacy issues or programs, others were more reflective. I always received feedback from member CEOs on the reflections—notes like “I really needed that today” which kept me going.

One of my board members suggested that I compile the reflections together. As I look back, it’s clear that where we thought we’d be along the way changed—often—and mostly in ways that brought more challenges and hardships to Lutheran social ministry.

What was also clear was the extraordinary leadership, creativity and perseverance that you and leaders throughout the network demonstrated—examples of true leadership to adapt to never-before-seen situations and lead your teams with grace and courage. Lutheran social ministry stood up when we were most needed and you and your teams are the Front Line Heroes that we lift up for your life-saving work.

These Reflections are dedicated to you—for your remarkable leadership and our extraordinary journey together.