What happens when you bring 12 Lutheran Social Ministry organizations together in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation? The first week in June in Sacramento, I was blessed to observe that what you get is a lot of ideas, support and information exchange that leads to organizational changes and transformation.
Earlier this week, Jodi Harpstead, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, one of the state’s oldest and largest human services nonprofits and a member of LSA, was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio as part of a series with leading Minnesota CEOs on the topic of innovation.
Last month was recognized as Foster Care Month. Every child or young person that comes to the foster care system arrives through different circumstances having experienced traumatic and troubling situations. I was very moved by the many stories we highlighted over the past few weeks, stories that speak to the people that our members walk alongside and how their lives have been shaped through their experiences with foster families and caregivers.
At the Annual Conference in San Antonio a few weeks ago, our members took some time during the CEO luncheon to honor and recognize two of their colleagues who are retiring within the coming year – Rick Herman, the CEO of Wheat Ridge and Gene Kaseman, the President of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.
Kaitlin Carlon of Augustana College served as the Member Engagement intern for LSA during the spring 2015 semester, and shared her perspective on interning in Washington, D.C. with the national network of Lutheran social ministry organizations.
Hannah Stevenson of Roanoke College spent the spring semester interning with Lutheran Services in America as part of the Lutheran College Washington Semester. Read her perspective of working at our national office supporting marketing projects, social media and events.
Welcome to the new and improved website for LSA. We’ve rebuilt our site to make it easier to find information you need, more interactive and to provide more resources and content with value for our members and supporters.
As many of you know, our director of public policy and advocacy Bob Francis has transitioned out of his public policy work with LSA to pursue a doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. We wish him many blessings, and I’m confident he will stay in touch with our network as he pursues the next step in his life’s journey.
The Lenten season is a special time for the Christian world as we renew, reflect and repent in preparation for Easter. As I reflect on this past year, I am grateful for the many blessings we have in our Lutheran social ministry community and the wonderful fellowship we enjoy.