It’s graduation season. Whether it is seniors in high school or college, there is about to be a whole flock of newly graduated individuals looking to fly the coop and seek out their independence. They want to be adults (or at least closer to adults) and be on their own. They want to get out of rules and curfews and putting up with a shared bathroom. Without some forethought and education, leaping from the coop could leave them feeling like they ended up under the coop rather than winging across the skies of freedom. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to all the volunteers and businesses who helped make the LSS Benefit Dinner in Aberdeen a Huge Success! Thank you to our sponsors:
ELCA • L & S Agency • Malchow’s Home Furnishings • New Life Fellowship • Dacotah Bank • Lamont Companies • Lutheran Disaster Response Services • Western Printing • American Family Insurance • Center for Disaster of Philanthropy • Midwest Center for Disaster Philanthropy • Moccasin Creek Country Club • Plains Commerce Bank • Runnings • Wells Fargo Advisors • 3M • Aberdeen Development Corporation • Aberdeen Federal Credit Union • Aberdeen Flying Service • Aberdeen Wings North American Hockey League • Barton Heating & Air Conditioning • Brown County Chapter of Thrivent Financial • CO-OP Architecture • Dakota Broadcasting • Farmer’s Insurance Group • Faulk County Chapter of Thrivent Financial • First Premier Realty, Inc. • Mark Mehlhoff Insurance, Inc. • Sanford Health–Aberdeen • South Dakota Wheat Growers • US Bank • Be Mobile–Aberdeen • Mark A. Bledsoe Chiropractic Clinic • Bremer Photography • Hardin’s Photography • Healthcare Plus Federal Credit Union • Kessler’s • Super 8 • Aberdeen Sport Recreation • Academy Trophy • Airport Travel Center/Café • Anchors of Faith • Ashley Furniture • Beadle Floral & Nursery • Boho Closet Boutique • The Brass Kettle • Bridge City Marina & Resort, Inc. • Buffalo Wings & Rings • Butler Machinery Company • Caribou Coffee • Crawford Trucks & Equipment, Inc. • Eddie’s Northside Sinclair • Firestone • Foote Creek Bed & Breakfast • Gold Dust Casino and Hotel • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church • Harr Motors • Herberger’s • Hitch’N Post Western Wear • Jimmy John’s Restaurant • Kathy Bangasser • Kristina’s Candy Bouquet • Lang’s Audio TV & Appliance • LSS Watertown Golf Event • Maurices • Mavericks Steak & Cocktails • Max & Erma’s • The Millstone Family Restaurant • Northern State University Bookstore • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery • Pounder’s Pub & Grub • Premier Auto • Riddle’s Jewelry • Ruby Tuesday • Starbucks • Target • Tip & Toe Nails • Titan Machinery • TownePlace Suites by Marriot • Wal-Mart • Wells Fargo Bank
A Special Thank You to Pastor Rodney Johnson, Pastor Cassandra Lamb, Pastor Rhia Strohm, Rebecca Cox, Pastor Marcia Sylvester, Pastor Tim Sersen, Dixie Garrett, Becky Malchow and Pastor Sammy Allen for all of your involvement and volunteering your time to this benefit event. Thank you also to The Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos show.
Money raised for 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, Community Resource Program and Center for New Americans.
Liesl Hovel, LSS Development & Foundation
Director, Northeast Region
At a recent local presentation I attended, the speaker finished his presentation with a slide that said “Get stuff done.” In the Q&A I asked specifically what was being done in regards to affordable housing. A Realtor that was sitting next to me later commented “You didn’t really get an answer, did you?” Sure I did.
That IS an answer, but…..
Families interested in learning more about adopting a child through domestic or international adoption are invited to attend an Informational Meeting at LSS. Group information meetings are scheduled for Rapid City and Sioux Falls, but individual or phone informational meetings can also be requested. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week we celebrated mentoring at our annual Mentor Appreciation Breakfast. Read a little bit about the 2016 nominees! Quentin Coulter was named the Outstanding Rookie and Terra Zahn was named the Outstanding Mentor.
Working dads with kids in elementary school are probably the least represented demographic among mentors. Quentin has put his busy schedule aside for one hour a week to make a big difference to a John Harris Elementary student. His student has special needs that cause him to often sit on the sidelines during recess. Having Quentin visit has given this child a little something extra to look forward to each week.
Chandra is described as being consistent, patient and dedicated to her mentee’s success. She is a trained reading specialist who wanted to bring her knowledge to offer a unique opportunity to a child at Robert Frost needing it the most. Chandra has supported her student academically and also has brought a lot of fun in the way of crafts and games that help keep her student engaged in school.
The counselor at Susan B. Anthony says whenever Rachael is in the building you can see how much she enjoys being a mentor. It clearly shows on the face of her mentee. Rachael has a caring and generous heart and has helped out with school supplies to make sure that everyone had what they needed to feel included. Her mentee wants everyone to know that Rachael is “the coolest mentor ever.” Read the rest of this entry »
It’s National Volunteer Week and at LSS, we celebrated big! Over 200 volunteer mentors came together on Wednesday morning at The District for us to share our sincere thanks and appreciation for the time they give to local students each week. We always have an Outstanding Mentor Award that we present at this event. This year, the presentation came together in such a cool way that we needed to share it!
First, let’s go back two years to this same event. We put a challenge out to mentors who were at the breakfast in 2014 to give LSS a few names of potential volunteers. We emailed and called the dozens of names that were given and had some success with those folks signing up to mentor themselves. One mentor who was there gave the name of his colleague Terra Zahn and she agreed to volunteer. She was assigned a student at Oscar Howe and here is what has happened since…
Terra’s willingness to go above and beyond and positive attitude make her a great mentor. She consistently visits with her mentee each week. Her student has stated multiple times that her mentor is her favorite thing about school. A staff member at the school recently said she wished she could have lunch with Terra and her student because “they are always laughing and having fun.” And most importantly, her student says, “She is so much fun. We always play games and do stuff together. She listens to me and cares about me and I can always count on her.”
According to the counselor at Oscar Howe, this student sometimes makes poor choices. To help keep her on track, the school has started an incentive plan. If she reaches her goals related to classroom behavior, she gets a reward. Many students throughout the district have something similar and their rewards are varied. When asked what incentive she would like, Terra’s student said the best thing would be more time with her mentor. The counselor asked Terra is this was possible and she is so committed to making sure her student is the best that she can be, that Terra made it work. So, if this student makes good choices throughout the week, she gets a special five minute phone call with her mentor on Friday afternoons.
We are so pleased when stories like this come together. Someone recruited just the right volunteer and they were matched with just the right student and the result has made an impact on both lives. Terra is just one of the many pretty awesome mentors at LSS! Tune into our posts later this month to learn more about a few other.
Congratulations to Terra and, as we close National Volunteer Week 2016 thanks to everyone who gives their time!
Post by Michelle Madsen