Four Generations in the Workplace

September 22, 2023

There are very different generations in the workplace and getting these groups to work together effectively is challenging. It is important to first understand each of these groups based upon their strengths. By understanding how each group was influenced in their formative years, we can come appreciate the beauty of diversity in the workplace.

This session is created for the overarching purpose of preventing generational collisions from occurring. This presentation will present a way to identify communication preferences and effective ways to approach others that have different viewpoints. As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the common characteristics of the different generations in the workforce
  2. Identify the best ways to manage the various generations to promote satisfaction and harmony
  3. Analyze different communication styles and the strengths / preferences of each

Coalition for Better Social Care Meetings

September 12, 2023

The Coalition for Better Social Care connects leading Lutheran Services in America members to advance innovative partnerships and financing solutions that marry health and housing.


  • September 19, 2023
  • October 17, 2023
  • November 21, 2023
  • December 19, 2023

Contact Susan Newton for more information.

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Coalition for Better Social Care

Family Stabilization Initiative Meetings

September 12, 2023

The Family Stabilization Initiative expands services in underserved communities and activates community networks to address the disproportionate number of children of color separated from their families.


FSI holds monthly meetings.

  • September 13, 2023
  • None in October (replaced by sustainability toolkit showcase)
  • November 8, 2023
  • December 13, 2023

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Family Stabilization Initiative

Housing Solutions Collaborative Meetings

September 12, 2023

The Housing Solutions Collaborative works to find innovative solutions to housing insecurity. The first year of the Housing Solutions Collaborative will focus on building:

  • Peer connections and opportunities
  • A curriculum on affordable housing tailored to Lutheran social service providers
  • Access to a network of national experts on health and housing
  • Opportunities for investment and financing partnerships
  • Federal, state and local advocacy actions


The Collaborative meets bi-monthly.

  • September 20, 2023
  • November 15, 2023
  • January 17, 2024
  • March 2024 (in person, exact date TBD)
  • May 15, 2024 (in person)
  • July 17, 2024 (in person)

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Health & Housing

Rural Aging Policy Roundtable

September 11, 2023

Rural aging leaders from across the Lutheran Services in America network will come together virtually at our first Rural Aging Policy Roundtable on Thursday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET to grow our collective capacity to lead and achieve change through our federal advocacy work and amplify our $23 billion united faith-based voice.

During this roundtable, rural aging leaders will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage with peers leading aging initiatives in rural communities across the country
  • Share your voice on policy issues critical to rural communities
  • Learn how we can work together in advocacy efforts to amplify the critical voice of Lutheran social ministry

Contact Ashley Washington to learn more.

State of the Insurance Market: Forecasting Risk & Opportunity

August 29, 2023

Wondering how to mitigate insurance cost increases for your organization? Worried your insurance coverage doesn’t meet industry standards? Hoping your liability insurance is adequate in the event of an emergency?

Learn from the experts on what’s driving pricing in the insurance marketplace and how to prepare your organization. You’ll leave understanding the various types of insurance coverage, from cyber to property to liability, and learn about forecasts for the senior living insurance sector in the coming years.

Come ready to ask questions and figure out what is best for your organization!

Video Recording


Unlocking the Power of Lived Expertise

August 25, 2023

Bethel New Life | 1150 North Lamon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651

Where can we find the best insights to support children and families struggling with housing insecurity, underemployment and other issues of social concern? It’s when we listen, support and value people with lived experience that together we can authentically uncover and unlock new ways of thinking. When someone who is struggling has a voice and champion now on the other side of that struggle, it can be life-changing.

What does this mean for you? Whether a direct service practitioner, community leader, executive, volunteer or church leader, Lutheran Services in America invites you to join us for a transformative convening on November 14–15 in Chicago led by Dr. Denicia Carlay and Spark Learning for Organizations. Join with peers to co-create a space where we will sit with the power of lived expertise and explore ways to infuse, value and engage people with lived experience throughout our work to advance equity for families and children in our communities.

Dr. Denicia Carlay (also lovingly referred to as Docta Neesh) currently serves as co-founder and co-CEO of Village Is Possible. Denicia is a community healer, complex trauma survivor, scholar, practitioner and village keeper. Denicia has served young people impacted by foster care and juvenile justice as a social worker, consultant, clinician, and facilitator. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership in social justice and is licensed in clinical social work.

At the day-and-a-half convening Dr. Carlay will lead us in:

  • Hearing from advocates and practitioners with lived experience to understand the power and strategic guidance embedded in their stories and perspectives;
  • Strengthening our ability to center lived expertise in work with families and communities; and
  • Engaging with a local grassroots partner to understand how housing insecurity affects families.

The convening, held in partnership with Bethel New Life and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will take place on November 14–15. The event, an extension of Lutheran Services in America’s Results Innovation Lab, represents the first of multiple offerings in the coming year that will unite Lutheran Services in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America communities, and partners, in learning and action to move from intention to impact in how we show up in our work with children and families.

Registration is free and you can register today to secure your place!

Convening Details

Tuesday, November 14 will be a full day of convening at Bethel New Life’s facility in Chicago. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude by 4:30 p.m. Breakfast will be provided, starting at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

On Wednesday, November 15, you will have an optional half-day experiential learning opportunity to learn and debrief with colleagues about issues around housing insecurity for families in Chicago.

Travel Recommendations

The convening is FREE to attend. While there is no registration cost, attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

With respect to flights, both Chicago airports — O’Hare and Midway — are appropriate for the convening.

Recommended hotels include:


Registration closes Friday, October 13. While registration is complementary, registering for the conference represents a firm commitment to attend. We recommend that teams consider registering together to maximize learning and application in your organization.

If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to Emily Sollie.

Rural Aging Action Network Meeting

July 14, 2023

The Rural Aging Action Network Collaborative will gather its Program Leads and Executive Sponsors for an in-person team collaborative training focused on sustainability planning, data evaluation and visualization, and effective program outreach to underserved and isolated older adults in rural communities.

Contact Ashley Washington for more information.

Diverse Elders Coalition: Meeting Needs of American Indian & Native American Caregivers & Older Adults

July 14, 2023

The Diverse Elders Coalition will join the Rural Aging Action Network Collaborative to share its training curriculum, “Caring for Those Who Care,” on the unique needs of diverse family caregivers. This session will focus specifically on sharing the lived experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native caregivers and older adults.

Rural Aging Action Network Program Lead Meeting

July 14, 2023