As a service provider, it can be easy to get lost in the everyday challenges of day-to-day operations, focusing on funding, staffing, reports and service delivery. Coming together with colleagues at events like LSA-DN gives us a chance to step back, to think about larger strategic issues, to focus on the need for public policy and advocacy, and to learn innovative new models and approaches.
Lutheran Services in America has long focused on supporting the healthy, independent aging of America’s elderly, particularly those struggling with limited resources in rural, isolated settings. The organization – in tandem with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota – in 2015 launched the three-year Phase I of its ongoing Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative. The Collaborative provides a sound example of what can be achieved when effectively using a collaborative learning model.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota has developed a deep understanding of the needs of senior citizens. LSSND created as part of Lutheran Services in America’s “Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative” a Volunteer Companions program, established to serve isolated and lonely seniors, and building in flexibility for younger adults to volunteer.
In recognition of National Disability Voter Registration Week, Lutheran Services in America joins with our national partners to promote the REV UP Campaign, a nonpartisan initiative started in 2016 by the American Association for People with Disabilities to increase voter turnout among people with disabilities.
In America, millions of children struggle with completing high school, and are left with their physical and mental health needs unmet. Lutheran Services in America’s Results Innovation Lab empowers providers to lead collaborative efforts to dramatically improve the trajectory of 20,000 vulnerable children in America by 2024. When it comes to Results Innovation Lab progress, the proof is in the pudding.