“Touching Lives” is not just the name of our blog at Lutheran Social Services–it is what we are driven to do each day through our work. While the numbers below reflect the end of our fiscal year, ending June 30, 2012, we thought the end of the calendar year would be an appropriate time to share our impact. LSS touched people’s lives more than 57,000 times in 2011-2012. Here is how we were able to help:
Have you made a New Year’s resolution yet? Often, we promise to change something about our lives; and at Lutheran Social Services Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS), we think the new year offers a great opportunity to jump-start a change in managing finances. Read the rest of this entry »
Today the use of social media is the “norm.” However, it is a new forum for those who are touched by adoption…allowing us to “find” each other on social media sites and stay in touch can provide both positive and challenging experiences. Before using social media as part of your adoption journey it is important that you educate yourself on the pros and cons of such a venture. Read the rest of this entry »
Your plans for today may have changed due to winter weather. If you or your kids are starting to feel cooped up, try some of the following activities. In addition to our list below, check out our post on Family Fitness When It is Freezing.
- READ!!! http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb
- Freeze bubbles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddST_7n9peg&noredirect=1
- Ice balloons with color http://queenvanna.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/ice-ballons/
- Play your own Minute to Win It games. http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/how-to/
- Get messy with some homemade goo: http://littleshop.physics.colostate.edu/Try%20At%20Home/goorecipeone.htm or gack: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/glue-borax-gak
- Use all of those empty boxes and wrapping paper rolls to make your own creation. Cardboard + Duct Tape + Imagination= Fun!
- We also have a post with fun games. https://lsssdblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/indoor-fun-for-winter
To prevent boredom after school and in the summer please check out our programs for school age students. http://www.lsssd.org/children_services/childcare_and_education/ We can’t wait to hear from you!
-Heather DeWit, Director of Childcare and Education Services for LSS
“There are people who say they ‘don’t do politics.’ Those people don’t live here in the Middle East. Here, we have no choice.
“I am a new mother, just learning the rhythms of my child. At first, all of his cries sounded the same to me. But now, the cry meaning ‘I am tired’ sounds different, less shrill and piercing than the ‘I am hungry’ cry.
“And now, now I am fiercely praying that he does not cry, because I don’t know if I can bring myself to cover his mouth. Would that hurt him? He cannot cry, though, if we want to survive. Read the rest of this entry »
Being in the ‘waiting place’ during the adoption process can sometimes be a challenge during the holiday season and can feel like a lifetime. You’re wondering when will we get placement, who will it be, what will he/she look like, will everything go smoothly? To help you through this time there are many resources available to stifle the urge to sit and twiddle your thumbs and to hopefully put your mind at ease. One article, “What To Do While You Wait”, is a great tool to prepare yourself and your family. Read the rest of this entry »