Today marks the beginning of a bright new chapter in the history of LSS.
April 4, 2016 will be remembered as the day that launched LSS into its second century of service to the people of South Dakota. Today is the day that LSS officially launches its campaign to create “The Campus on East Bank” in downtown Sioux Falls.
More than five years ago, LSS began to dream of opportunities which might lie before the agency. One of those opportunities was to have a single facility in Sioux Falls which would house multiple services in one convenient location in the downtown core of the city. The new facility would provide greater visibility, be in a campus-like setting with adequate parking, have convenient access to public transportation and allow room to grow.
In the summer of 2013, we shared that dream with the business community of Sioux Falls and were excited by the positive response we received. In November 2013, we presented our dream and our plan to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals Committee and in February 2014 they told us they shared our dream and granted us approval to conduct a fundraising campaign to raise $1.25 million from Chamber members.
Two years have passed since that day in February when we learned of the Committee’s decision. There have been many twists and turns, starts and stops along the way. Yet we have never wavered in our dream, nor in our work toward realizing it.
And we will realize it. Thanks to the determined and positive leadership of our campaign co-chairs Tom Dempster and Fred Slunecka, our nine team captains and more than 80 Chamber volunteers, we will hit the streets of Sioux Falls to make more than 400 personal solicitations of Chamber members.
We will succeed and soon we will have a permanent home for our Center for New Americans, Center for Financial Resources, Counseling Services, Mentoring Services, Fatherhood & Re-entry Services and possibly LSS administration in the former Kilian Community College property adjacent to the Big Sioux River on 6th Street in downtown Sioux Falls.
Yes…Today Is The Day!
LSS Vice President, Development & Foundation