6 Thoughts on Bankruptcy

May 19, 2017

 

Bankruptcy.  It’s a word that evokes a lot of differentgavel and scale emotions and responses.  “It’s a cheap way to get out of debt.”  “Or perhaps it’s the fresh start someone needs.”  “But if they hadn’t gotten themselves into debt in the first place.”  “Then again, they didn’t choose to get sick and end up with the medical bills they have.”  “I pay my bills so why can’t they?”  “I can’t pay my bills so what’s wrong with me?”

The comments could go back and forth for ever and certainly have since the advent of bankruptcy.  In reality, bankruptcy is not the right answer for everyone, but it may be the best option for some.  It’s not always an easy choice to make. Read the rest of this entry »


Foster Care Celebrates Successful Graduates

May 16, 2017

This spring has been an exciting time for the LSS Treatment Foster Care Program as four (4) foster care youth will be graduating from High School.  To add to the excitement, all four youth plan to further education or have already enlisted in the military! Read the rest of this entry »


Randy Bury and Moises

May 12, 2017

Randy Bury and his student, Moises, are nearing the end of their involvement in LSS Mentoring Services programming. The two have been matched since Moises was a

Randy and Moises participated in a panel discussion at the 2017 Mentor Appreciation Breakfast.

2nd grader at Hawthorne and next month, Moises will graduate high school. While their involvement in the program is over, their relationship is far from it.

“We have a friendship now and we don’t see this as participating in a program,” said Randy. “Going into mentoring I expected it to run its course but I am glad we have continued.”

When they first started meeting, Randy and Moises read together – primarily Scooby Doo books! Today, they enjoy discussions on social policy, physics and like a good Civil War debate.

Moises says he thinks his life would be “very different” if he had not met Randy. “It would be odd,” said Moises. “Meeting with him every week is very routine now.” Moises said he has enjoyed getting to know Randy and sharing stories together, saying that Randy always offers a story that helps Moises with whatever he has going on in his life.

Randy knows it has made an impact on him and he has gotten a lot out of mentoring. He did express what almost every mentor says or feels and that is if it is making a difference for the student. He said, “the value of mentoring can be hard to see when it’s right in front of you. But, if you go back to the research that is evidence based, you know mentoring makes a difference.”

We at LSS can clearly see that Randy and Moises will be friends well beyond graduation and they are more than mentor and student. Matches working out this well and this long are what we hope for everyone in the program, and we love to share examples like this.


“If I Were A Rich Man…”

May 11, 2017

“If only I made more money.”  “Life would be so much easierEmpty Wallet if there was just more in my paycheck.”  “I would love to have enough to not have to worry about money.”  Let’s be honest.  We’ve all made these comments before.  Just like Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”.  He sang “If I were a rich man, Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.”  It all sounds great.  Unfortunately, every last one of them is a lie!  Read the rest of this entry »


THANK YOU!

May 10, 2017

Thank you to all donors, volunteers and businesses who helped make the LSS Benefit Dinner in Aberdeen a huge success!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; L&S Agency; Lutheran Disaster Response; Aberdeen Federal Credit Union; Molded Fiber Glass; Plains Commerce Bank; Runnings; Aberdeen American News; Aberdeen Development Corporation; Dakota Broadcasting; Harr Motors; Lamar Advertising; Malchow’s Home Furnishings; Moccasin Creek Country Club; Sanford Health Aberdeen; US Bank; Bremer Photography; Health Care Plus Federal Credit Union; South Dakota Wheat Growers; 3M; Aberdeen Hearing Clinic; Aberdeen Parks & Recreation; Aberdeen Sports Recreation; Aberdeen Wings North American Hockey League; Advanced Auto; Airport Travel Center & Café; Ashley’s Furniture; Bethlehem Lutheran; Betty Tewksbury; BoHo Closet Boutique; Bremer Photography; Buffalo Wings & Rings; Butler Machinery; Canaries Baseball; Caribou Coffee; Courtyard Suites by Marriot, Sioux Falls; Crawford Trucks & Equipment, Inc.; Culver’s; Dairy Queen; Dakota Sioux Casino, Watertown; Dempsey’s Brewery Pub Restaurant, Watertown; The Flame; Foote Creek Bed & Breakfast; Gold Dust Casino and Hotel; Good Shepherd Lutheran; Heiser’s Jewelry; Herberger’s; Hitch’N Post Western Wear; Holiday Inn Express; Home 2 Suites by Hilton, Sioux Falls; Jimmy John’s Restaurant; The Junction; Kathy Bangasser; Ken’s Super Fair Foods; Kessler’s Food & Liquor; Lamont Companies; Mac Tools; Marlin’s Family Restaurant; Maurices; Mavericks Steak & Cocktails, Deadwood; Max & Erma’s; The Millstone Family Restaurant; O’Reilly Auto Parts; The Oil Room; Perkins Restaurant & Bakery; Philip’s Diner, Sioux Falls; Phnom Penh Restaurant, Sioux Falls; Pizza Ranch, Aberdeen; Pizza Ranch, Watertown; Pounder’s Pub & Grub; Pro Nails; Quality Quick Print; Riddle’s Jewelry; Ruby Tuesday; Super 8; Starbucks; Target; Texas Road House, Sioux Falls; Tip & Toe Nails Salon; Titan Machinery; TownePlace Suites by Marriot; Twist Cone; Wal-Mart; Watertown Confectionery; and Wells Fargo Bank.

A Special Thank You

A special thank you to Pastor Cassandra Lamb, Deacon Kris Wollman, Lori Langford, Pastor Tim Sersen, Dixie Garrett, Dan Huettl, Lew Koch, Pastor Rhia Strohm, Tasha Hoeltzner and Adrianne Korbakes for all of your involvement and volunteering your time. Thank you also to The Dueling Duo Pianos Show with Dan Witte.

Money raised at the LSS Annual Benefit Dinner will stay right here in Aberdeen, SD. The money raised will go to support LSS services such as Counseling Services, EAP, Center for Financial Resources, Adoption Services, Pregnancy Counseling, Foster Care, Kinship Services, Residential Services for Children and Youth–New Beginnings Center, Disaster Response Services and Community Resource Program.

Liesl Hovel, LSS Development & Foundation
Development Director, Northeast Region
110 6th Ave SE, Suite 200, Aberdeen, SD  57401
605-262-6301 direct, 605-290-2533 cell, 605-262-6357 fax
Liesl.Hovel@LssSD.org
www.LssSD.org


Down Payment Assistance – Making ‘Home’ Possible for More

May 4, 2017

You want to buy a home? Have you looked at prices lately!?  Do you know how much you need for a down payment!?!  You’ve got to be crazy!!! There is no way you can come up with THAT MUCH money right now.  I mean, come on.  Don’t you need like 20% down for a house?  That’s got to be like $50,000-$60,000 with where homes are priced.  Buying a home just is NOT an option for you right now.  Right?

WRONG.  Well, maybe it isn’t the right time for you to be buying a home right now.  But the premises above are probably not going to be what holds you back.  Let’s talk about why. Read the rest of this entry »


Better Together Match!

May 3, 2017

Meet Carol and Norma. They have been meeting through the LSS Better Together program for over a year now and have both loved their time together!

Norma is 93 and lives independently in a senior living apartment complex. She attended a presentation about Better Together and signed up on the spot.

Carol is mostly retired after her daughters took responsibility for their family business. She moved to Sioux Falls about five years ago and is glad she made a friend in Norma. Carol’s parents are in their 90’s and live in Nebraska, so she is not able to see them every week. She also worked in nursing homes when she was younger and has always enjoyed being around senior citizens.

“Norma remembers everything,” said Carol. “I love it when she talks about how the city has changed and grown in her lifetime. Since I have met with her, I have learned a lot about Sioux Falls.” They drive around town and Norma talks about what used to be where and showed Carol the area of town where she lived most of her life.

Norma also shares about her life. She was married 55 years and just welcomed her 20th great-grandchild. She worked at John Morrell’s during World War 2 and then went on to work part-time at Sears and stayed home to raise her children.

Their favorite thing to do is to share a meal and talk. “I call her every Sunday night and we make a plan for the week,” said Carol. “She is really good about knowing what she would like to eat and trying new restaurants, so I pick that up and bring it to her and we eat together and just talk.” Carol spends the winter months in Florida. During that time, she is able to call her every week to check in. She said they talk about the weather and Norma gives her an update on what is going on in Sioux Falls. Norma is still able to attend the monthly Better Together activities to stay connected with the program even when she is not able to meet face to face.

“We have so much in common that we both feel lucky to be matched with each other,” said Norma. “It doesn’t seem to take long for two or three hours to go by when she comes to visit!”

Norma loves baseball and is an avid Twins fan. She loves Brian Dozier at the moment and never misses watching a game on TV. She is a night owl, so stays up and watches games to the end and most often eats a bag of popcorn while she watches the game. When the Cubs won the World Series last year, Carol called Norma late into the night when the game was over and they celebrated the big win!

They are excited about getting together this summer and are especially looking forward to the Better Together picnic in June. This friendship is one that would not have been likely had it not been for this program. Carol and Norma are so thankful for the opportunity to know and learn from one another with Better Together.


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