Today’s Front Line Hero is St. John’s United, which is recognizing its direct care staff as superheroes and supporting the next generation of nurses. St. John’s United started an apprentice program to train future nurses and support them through college.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, which is supporting people without homes in Cleveland through the pandemic. LMM is managing more than 200 hotel rooms that are housing people who wouldn’t otherwise have shelter so they can effectively isolate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, which is helping supply food to its neighbors. Thanks to the generosity of the community and commitment of LSS to supporting families in need, LSS was able to distribute eggs, milk, meat, cucumbers, beans, watermelon, and dry goods to 200 families in the community just last week.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Services Florida, which is providing services to people facing mental health challenges and addiction to prevent them from entering the criminal justice system. . To ensure that the community’s mental health needs are adequately met, LSF is partnering with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on a co-responder program.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Ecumen, which is finding innovative ways to connect seniors and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelley Kendrick, President and CEO of Ecumen, spoke about the organization’s commitment to social connection and innovation on WCCO | CBS Minnesota’s “Mid-Morning” show.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Compass Health for its innovation and expansion of behavioral health services in Washington to address increased needs during the pandemic. Compass Health secured $1.24 million from community partners and grants to support its expanded programming and pivot to telehealth.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Social Services of Southern California for its efforts to dismantle systemic racism and promotion of productive conversations about race. President and CEO Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith is facilitating roundtable discussions about race with a diverse group of leaders to explore how to address racism and inequity.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Community Family Life Services (CFLS), which is committed to safely offering needed programming in Washington, DC throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. CFLS offers regular programming such as interview skills training, goal setting, and the I BECAME series virtually. Programs that can only be done in person, such as HIV testing, are done with great care, ensuring social distancing and mask wearing.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, which is promoting diversity and inclusion through servant leadership. CEO Héctor Colón wrote a recent op-ed in the Milwaukee Business Journal in which he calls on business leaders to adopt characteristics of a servant leader to create a work environment that welcomes open conversation about race and effectively promotes equity.