Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, which recently released a powerful statement about the death of George Floyd and the ongoing struggle for racial equity. In the statement, President and CEO Héctor Colón shares his own experiences with racial injustice, and calls on the viewers to peacefully seek equity and work to change systems that oppress people of color.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, which is speaking out against structural racism, and is dedicated to dismantling inequitable systems in society. LCFS of Illinois has a long-standing organizational commitment to racial equity, and released a recent statement after the death of George Floyd to reaffirm that commitment.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Upbring, which is working to bring deserved recognition to the direct care professionals who serve children and families. Upbring’s President and CEO Michael Loo wrote an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman, calling these workers “social change warriors” and advocating for policies and resources to better support their work.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lemuel Cartman, intern at Lutheran Services in America, who is promoting racial justice and equity in his community. Lem has stepped up to be a leader in his community in Chicago, and is making his voice heard to promote positive social change.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Wellspring Lutheran Services, and the compassionate staff who are faithfully serving the youth in their community throughout the pandemic. Mr. Bond, a youth specialist at residential foster care campus New Directions, demonstrates Wellspring’s commitment to a “whole-person approach” to care by helping a youth who was feeling overwhelmed as he processed his emotions.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Settlement House’s Bilingual Domestic Violence Program for their work to address domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. As domestic violence becomes more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lutheran Settlement House works to support families and encourage safe homes for sheltering in place.
Today’s Front Line Hero is The Village On The Isle (VOTI), which showed gratitude to the high school seniors employed there by throwing them a prom. The prom event was complete with dinner, music, dancing, and a parade.