Touching Lives: Year in Review

December 31, 2012

“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:

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New Year, New $tart

December 28, 2012

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 »

Adoption and Social Media: Recommendations for Ongoing and Healthy Communication

December 27, 2012

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 »

Beat Boredom

December 26, 2012

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.

A game of cards can be a fun change of pace.

Kid Made Kitty Castle

Fun with cardboard and duct tape encourages imagination. A seven year old created this “kitty castle” with boxes left over from Christmas packages.

To prevent boredom after school and in the summer please check out our programs for school age students. We can’t wait to hear from you!

-Heather DeWit, Director of Childcare and Education Services for LSS

A Refugee Story

December 24, 2012
Photo courtesy of Scottjlowe

Photo courtesy of Scottjlowe

“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 »

What To Do While You Wait During the Adoption Process

December 21, 2012

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 »

Holy Child within the Manger

December 20, 2012

Holy Child within the manger,illustration Christmas artwork 2012
long ago yet ever near;
come as friend to every stranger,
come as hope for every fear.

As you lived to heal the broken,
greet the outcast, free the bound,
as you taught us love unspoken,
teach us now where you are found.

Last year Lutheran Social Services touched the lives of our neighbors more than 57,000 times—offering a warm smile and open arms to every stranger, providing hope and calming fears. Inspired by God’s love and on your behalf, LSS brings healing and comfort to those whose hearts are aching.

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