July 23, 2018
I have a problem. It’s nothing new. It’s been that way for a long, long time. It definitely impacts my life daily. At first glance, most would only see it as a definite positive. But it does create some fallout as well. And now, it appears that it may not entirely be my fault. It may be, at least in part, due to my surroundings and what I have been exposed to. You see, my problem is that I have a very hard time saying “No”.
And I’ll follow that with “But it’s not my fault!” Or…… at least…… maybe not entirely my fault. Read the rest of this entry »
July 19, 2018
Michelle and Nancy have been matched for a little over a year in the LSS Better Together program. Both are relatively familiar with the Sioux Falls area, but are newcomers. Michelle has been living in the Sioux Falls area for about two years. She moved here, with her family, from Madison, SD. Nancy moved back to Sioux Falls two years ago from Arizona. Prior to living in Arizona, she was living in Sioux Falls.
Both Nancy and Michelle wanted someone to spend time with when they joined Better Together. One day at coffee, Nancy was complaining about being bored, so one of her neighbors suggested she join Better Together. Michelle decided to volunteer in Better Together because her parents and grandparents are no longer around and she was really missing that type of relationship.
Together, Nancy and Michelle have attended LSS Bingo, shopped for groceries and have attended some medical appointments. However, their favorite activities are simply visiting with one another and working through a Bible study. Nancy and Michelle discovered they both had interest in the Bible so they decided to embark on an audio Bible study which focuses on the book of Colossians. They are 20 weeks in and have eight CDs left!
Nancy enjoys Better Together because it helps break up her week but more importantly, she has grown to cherish the friendship she and Michelle have developed. Because Nancy and Michelle have been through similar life experiences, Michelle really values their weekly visits. Both have come to count on their time together and look forward to continue meeting this summer.
If you are interested in volunteering with Better Together, please apply today! There are older adults in the Sioux Falls area who are waiting for someone like you.
Post by Amy Feterl, LSS Better Together Coordinator
July 17, 2018
Death and taxes – the only two things that are guaranteed in life. Or so the saying goes. I’m no expert on what happens around the world, but I do keep a bit of awareness on how it works here in the good old US of A. Did you know that if your home gets foreclosed, tax debt jumps to the front of the line to get paid from the sheriff’s sale? Did you know that most tax debt won’t go away in bankruptcy?
If you live within the boundaries of the Sioux Falls School district, did you know they just approved a property tax increase for the next budget year? It went up an astonishing .011 mil for non-agricultural owner-occupied property! Can you believe it?!? .011 MIL!!!!
Wait. What’s a mil? No, it’s not a million. Or even a mill, like where you grind grain into flour. Read the rest of this entry »
July 16, 2018
When facing an unexpected pregnancy, you might get a lot of advice on parenting or suggestions of looking at adoption. But where can you go to get unbiased help? Contact LSS because LSS pregnancy counseling is FREE, you don’t have to choose adoption, and outreach services are available throughout South Dakota. Read the rest of this entry »
July 6, 2018
In April, LSS awarded the 2018 Sanford Outstanding Rookie Mentor Award to Cathy Zerfas. Cathy, a retired teacher, was so excited and honored to receive the nomination and award! She has been an amazing mentor to two students at Harrisburg Liberty Elementary. Here are a few things people had to say about Cathy:
Jennifer Van’t Hul, School Counselor: “Cathy is a loyal mentor that goes above and beyond to support her students. She came to our try-it event and her big heart could not turn away either one of the girls she met. Cathy comes with a smile and enthusiasm twice a week so each girl gets her individual time. These girls needed a little extra attention at school and Cathy bring them that care they need to feel more confident throughout their day. That is why the girls look forward to seeing her each week!”
Skylar: “She’s really kind, sweet and really generous. Even if it’s not the best day she can cheer you up.”
Rachel (who Cathy describes as talking with her whole body): “She’s the best mentor in the whole world!”
If you want to know more about her, please take a few minutes to watch this video of Skylar and Rachel talking about Cathy. It is great!