Today’s Front Line Hero: Graceworks Lutheran Services

By: Caitlyn Gudmundsen

March 27, 2020

Today’s Front Line Hero is Graceworks Lutheran Services, (with 63 locations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky), who is going above and beyond to meet the holistic needs of residents and employees.

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Today’s Front Line Hero: Lutheran SeniorLife in Mars, PA

March 26, 2020

By: Caitlyn Gudmundsen

Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran SeniorLife in Mars, PA, who put out a request for homemade masks from their community members. Lutheran SeniorLife is committed to protecting their staff and their residents, and is drawing on their community’s resources to fill gaps during the global shortage of personal protective equipment.

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UPDATE: Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Signed into Law

March 26, 2020

By: Charlotte Haberaecker

Over 600 Lutheran Services in America member representatives reach out to Congress. UPDATE: On March 27, 2020, President Trump  signed this bill into law.

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Today’s Frontline Hero: St. John’s United in Billings, MT

March 25, 2020

By: Caitlyn Gudmundsen

One of our members of Lutheran Services in America’s Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative, St. John’s United in Montana, has gone the extra mile in their communities to promote and create employment opportunities to help community members affected by COVID-19-related economic impact.

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Today’s Frontline Hero: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) in Altoona, PA

March 24, 2020

By: Caitlyn Gudmundsen

Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) in Altoona, PA is coming up with creative ways to keep their community connected to their important work.

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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.