What Is Credit Counseling?

April 30, 2013
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Fear of the unknown often prevents us from seeking the assistance we need. We hope to demystify the credit counseling process by explaining what to expect at an appointment with a counselor at Lutheran Social Services Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

 

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May National Foster Care Month – Continued!

April 29, 2013

Since May is right around the corner and it is National Foster Care Month, LSS Foster Care Programs want to take a moment to say a Big Thank You to all of our wonderful and dedicated Foster Families!  

LSS is blessed to have 16 licensed Foster Families in the Rapid City area and 10 licensed (and 4 soon to be licensed) Foster Families in the Sioux Falls area.  These families have opened their homes and hearts to over 60 children and youth this past year. It is amazing to think about how many meals have been cooked, how many school conferences have been attended, how many loads of laundry have been done, how many tears have been dried, how many family visits have been made and how many monthly reports have been written.  It is all in a day’s work for our families! 

There certainly is a need for more foster homes to serve children with specialized and treatment issues in the state of South Dakota. You may think it takes a perfect parent to do all this but Foster Families and Foster Care staff would tell you – you don’t have to be perfect to be a foster or adoptive family. All you need is to have a caring heart for children and youth and a safe and nurturing home environment!  Plus a good sense of humor doesn’t hurt!  Kids can be pretty accepting if a foster parent isn’t perfect – especially if they know you truly care for and respect them!

 For more information on becoming a Foster Parent please visit our website at http://www.lsssd.org/family_services/foster_care/ .

 Submitted by Dede Mogck, Director of Adoption and Foster Care Programs


Mentor Appreciation Breakfast in Review

April 26, 2013
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Mentors enjoy the annual breakfast at the Washington Pavilion.

Lutheran Social Services Mentoring Services honored area residents who volunteer as mentors with a breakfast on Wednesday, April 17. At the event, the Citi Outstanding Mentor, the First Premier/Premier Bankcard Community Partner and the Sanford Health Outstanding Rookie Mentor awards were presented. Raven Industries was named the Community Partner, Rich Lauer was selected as the Outstanding Mentor and Gene Erickson was recognized as the Outstanding Rookie Mentor. Read the rest of this entry »


LAST CALL!

April 25, 2013

Taste of Cultures 2013

Are you still on the fence about coming to Taste of Cultures? By the end of this blog, I sincerely hope you’ll dismount the fence on the side of COMING TO TASTE OF CULTURES 2013!

Hmmm . . . how to further convince you? Don’t know if I mentioned . . . There will be tasty food! There will be legit ethnic entertainment! There will be great auction items! There will be fun! There will be a good cause!

Seriously, that fence cannot be that comfortable to sit on. What are you waiting for?

Call (605) 731-2000 now to order tickets. $30 each—all proceeds go directly to providing basic necessities for new refugee families. The absolute deadline is APRIL 30—that’s next Tuesday. But calling NOW is better.

LSS Refugee & Immigration Center’s 18th Annual 

Taste of Cultures Silent Auction & Dinner

May 4, 2013

Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1101 N. West Avenue, Exhibit Hall 1

5:30 p.m.

I’ll be waiting at the other end of (605) 731-2000.

Can’t wait to get your call!

[Amy S.Z., Refugee & Immigration]


Should You Freeze Your Credit Report?

April 24, 2013

Identity theft. These words summon feelings of fear, anger and helplessness. We have all heard stories of the time and money spent trying to restore ruined reputations. We think, “Could it happen to me?” For some of us, freezing our credit reports can be a good way to protect us from identity theft. For aging parents, freezing access to credit may also help prevent financial abuse.

We know and practice these basic behaviors to protect our identity:

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NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH – CHANGE A LIFETIME

April 23, 2013

May is National Foster Care Month and the national campaign promotion is Foster Care – Change a Lifetime!  Each May, this campaign provides and opportunity to make us all aware of the experience of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system and their needs.  Citizens from every walk of life are encouraged to get involved and to share their unique skills and talents for these kids.  Here are some ideas on how you can get involved: Read the rest of this entry »


Week of the Young Child- A great success

April 22, 2013

“Week of the Young Child” here at Lutheran Social Services was certainly an exciting celebration. Read on for a quick recap of the fun and exciting events.

On Monday we enjoyed the children’s choices for career day. We are educating future doctors, police officers, veterinarians, soldiers, engineers, musicians, ballerinas, princesses, athletes, archeologists, zookeepers, teachers and many more.  We were thrilled to have some great role models from our community come in to talk about what they do and to show the kids how important learning is.
 career day 2013
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