SD Department of Corrections named LSS Community Partner for 2012

February 28, 2013
Distinguished Community Partner South Dakota Department of CorrectionsStanding left to right:Susan Jacobs, Ed Ligtenberg, Amy Lein, Joshua Klimek, Troy Ponto, Pam LinneweberSitting left to right:Denny Kaemingk, Kristi Bunkers

Distinguished Community Partner,
South Dakota Department of Corrections
Standing left to right:
Susan Jacobs, Ed Ligtenberg, Amy Lein, Joshua Klimek, Troy Ponto, Pam Linneweber
Sitting left to right:
Denny Kaemingk, Kristi Bunkers

Lutheran Social Services honored the South Dakota Department of Corrections as the LSS 2012 Distinguished Community Partner of the Year. For many years, LSS has provided contract services for the South Dakota Department of Corrections which included child placements in residential treatment, family-based services and juvenile parole programs. More recently, LSS and the Department of Corrections partnered to provide a Fatherhood & Families Program through federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you to Augustana College

February 27, 2013

LSS Mentoring Services would like to thank Augustana College for their donationaugie of free tickets to the Augustana basketball game on Saturday, February 23. USucceed students and mentors were invited to attend the game. They all enjoyed the atmosphere at a college basketball game — a first for many of the USucceed students. Read the rest of this entry »

Take the “I Was a Stranger” Challenge!

February 26, 2013
Moses the immigrant. Photo courtesy of migrationmuseum.

Moses the immigrant. Photo courtesy of migrationmuseum.


“When we study scriptures, we find that immigration is not a political issue primarily; it’s a biblical issue that has political implications.”

–Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association


For the next 40 days, you’re invited to take the “I Was a Stranger” Challenge designed by the Evangelical Immigration Table.

Here’s what it is:

“In a time when immigration has become a polarizing political issue, most Protestant Christians (91%, according to a 2010 Pew Research Center poll) admit that they do not primarily think about immigrants or immigration primarily through the lens of their Christian faith.

“In order to encourage those—both in local churches and in the halls of Congress—who profess to follow Jesus to allow their response to immigration to be infused with biblical values, we invite you to participate in a new initiative called “I Was a Stranger…,” which takes its name directly from Matthew 25:35, where Jesus says that by welcoming a stranger, we may be welcoming him. The focus of the challenge will be on inviting believers to read a short passage of Scripture each day for forty consecutive days that speaks to God’s heart for immigrants and to pray for the immigrants in their community. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Financial Aid

February 25, 2013
Flikr Creative Commons | Some rights reserved by Philip Taylor PT

Flikr Creative Commons | Some rights reserved by Philip Taylor PT

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month. This is a time when high school and university counselors and representatives encourage college students and those students college-bound in the fall to complete their Read the rest of this entry »

March Adoption Information Meetings

February 24, 2013

If you are interested in growing your family through adoption, either domestically or internationally, the Adoption Program through Lutheran Social Services will be having Adoption Information meetings in both our Rapid City and Sioux Falls Locations. These meetings are at no cost and are an opportunity to learn more about the adoption process and about our services. Read the rest of this entry »

Join the Fun!

February 22, 2013

We are busy enrolling students for summer and next fall! Please spread the word so that everyone can join the fun! Give us a call at (605)371-8770 or stop by for a tour. We love to show you what we are learning!

Summer Fun!Our unique and exciting summer program offers school age students fun and enriching experiences. The children keep learning and preparing for the next school year in ways that are hands-on and child-friendly. Read the rest of this entry »

Congrats to Sioux Empire United Way volunteers

February 21, 2013

Earlier this month, the Sioux Empire United Way announced winners of their annual volunteer and leadership awards. Among those receiving awards were LSS CEO and President Betty Oldenkamp. In addition to Betty, there were several award recipients with close ties to LSS Mentoring Services and we would like to extend our congratulations and gratitude. Read the rest of this entry »

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