On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a hallmark piece of legislation that officially ensured equal treatment for people with disabilities in America. This groundbreaking law was a long-overdue extension of civil rights to one in four Americans. Now, we must go even further than the ADA in the days ahead.
Today’s Front Line Hero is Mosaic, which is thoughtfully responding to both the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism in our country. Mosaic quickly implemented protocols to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in their community. Amidst those precautions, staff are still finding ways to engage people with disabilities in fun activities. Mosaic has also responded to the death of George Floyd and the underlying problem of systemic racism, and calls on all of us to address our own biases that contribute to inequity and discrimination.
The Federal Reserve Board continues to develop guidelines for the Main Street Lending Program. Lutheran Services in America will continue to urge senators to support nonprofits through this program and to include our key priorities in their next round of coronavirus relief legislation.
LSS Wisconsin and Upper Michigan’s School Centered Mental Health program relies on a clinical therapist and family coach team to addresses children’s mental health needs, both in school and at home. By using a whole-family approach, LSS supports families with a range of needs such as parenting skills, employment, homelessness, food access, domestic violence, mental health, addiction, and more.
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to see the HEROES Act addresses some of our most important priorities. The fulfillment of these priorities would grant nonprofits the funds and resources necessary to offer the care and service needed by many Americans during this critical time.
Lutheran Services in America and 18 leaders from 13 community-based Lutheran provider organizations have been invited by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs to participate in the new Child Welfare Provider Innovation Network. For the sake of our nation’s future, it is critically important that we work together to identify and support solutions that move us closer to ensuring that all children live in safe, stable and permanent family homes.
Lutheran Services in America is using the collective calls for financial support from members as a springboard for changes in federal and state policy. By channeling these concerns about limited resources into the basis for advocacy efforts, we have been successful in communicating to lawmakers the needs of nonprofits and their workers who are fighting on the front lines of this deadly pandemic.
Connect-Home Collaborative members held a virtual gathering in April to share their key successes and challenges regarding their implementation of the Connect-Home model, as well as unanticipated challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.