Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) for its ongoing support of refugees in its community. LSI provides a program called Global Greens, which supports refugee farmers and empowers them to sell the food they grow across Des Moines.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran SeniorLife, which is using humor to lift spirits at the Passavant Community. The dietary team made postcards with food puns and attached them to each resident’s meal to bring a smile to their faces.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems, which is working to address crisis fatigue in the community, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and national newfound awareness of systemic racism. Christine Cauffield, licensed clinical psychologist and CEO of LSF Health Systems, spoke on the local news in Jacksonville, FL to make viewers aware of the issue of crisis fatigue.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Genacross Lutheran Services for designating a rehabilitation center as a COVID-19 isolation unit and helping community members as they recover from the virus. The Genacross team members worked together to ensure protocols are in place to safely serve people recovering from COVID-19, including wearing PPE, creating protocols for donning and removing PPE, changing airflows in the building, and designing new meal delivery processes.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Ecumen for its commitment to supporting a strong staff and a strong community. Throughout the month of June, Ecumen lifted its voice to support movements that fight for the equal treatment of Black communities and LGBTQ communities, and made efforts to recognize the hard work of its staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s Front Line Hero is LSS Lutheran Village, which held a car parade to connect families and residents while maintaining necessary social distancing. Families were overjoyed to see each other, even if from a distance!
Today’s Front Line Hero is Village On The Isle, which held a celebration for the graduates employed there. VOTI honored its six high school graduates and three college graduates with a socially-distanced ceremony that was attended by the employees, families of the graduates, and many residents.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and Diakon Family Life Services, which is offering an online coffee and conversation support group to the community. Each week, Diakon therapists and community members gather virtually with morning beverages to talk and support each other.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, which is caring for the physical, social, and emotional needs of its residents. Good Shepherd is working to create a plan to safely open for limited visitations.