Fidget Spinners. If you don’t know what they are, I’m pretty sure you’ve been living under a rock for the last several months. They’re everywhere. I’ve even seen photos on Facebook of women attaching mini spinners to their fingernails. Seriously. Having two kids of my own, yes the spinner craze has hit our house too. “But they’re, like, therapeutic.” “No, for most of you they’re just a toy.” Alas, we gave in. Not totally. After all, the first spinner was a bribe for good behavior. Hey, I’ll admit I’m not above bribery when it comes to children’s behavior. True to the American way, however, one is never enough. And I made a lesson of it. Read the rest of this entry »
Bankruptcy. It’s a word that evokes a lot of different emotions and responses. “It’s a cheap way to get out of debt.” “Or perhaps it’s the fresh start someone needs.” “But if they hadn’t gotten themselves into debt in the first place.” “Then again, they didn’t choose to get sick and end up with the medical bills they have.” “I pay my bills so why can’t they?” “I can’t pay my bills so what’s wrong with me?”
The comments could go back and forth for ever and certainly have since the advent of bankruptcy. In reality, bankruptcy is not the right answer for everyone, but it may be the best option for some. It’s not always an easy choice to make. Read the rest of this entry »
This spring has been an exciting time for the LSS Treatment Foster Care Program as four (4) foster care youth will be graduating from High School. To add to the excitement, all four youth plan to further education or have already enlisted in the military! Read the rest of this entry »
Randy Bury and his student, Moises, are nearing the end of their involvement in LSS Mentoring Services programming. The two have been matched since Moises was a
2nd grader at Hawthorne and next month, Moises will graduate high school. While their involvement in the program is over, their relationship is far from it.
“We have a friendship now and we don’t see this as participating in a program,” said Randy. “Going into mentoring I expected it to run its course but I am glad we have continued.”
When they first started meeting, Randy and Moises read together – primarily Scooby Doo books! Today, they enjoy discussions on social policy, physics and like a good Civil War debate.
Moises says he thinks his life would be “very different” if he had not met Randy. “It would be odd,” said Moises. “Meeting with him every week is very routine now.” Moises said he has enjoyed getting to know Randy and sharing stories together, saying that Randy always offers a story that helps Moises with whatever he has going on in his life.
Randy knows it has made an impact on him and he has gotten a lot out of mentoring. He did express what almost every mentor says or feels and that is if it is making a difference for the student. He said, “the value of mentoring can be hard to see when it’s right in front of you. But, if you go back to the research that is evidence based, you know mentoring makes a difference.”
We at LSS can clearly see that Randy and Moises will be friends well beyond graduation and they are more than mentor and student. Matches working out this well and this long are what we hope for everyone in the program, and we love to share examples like this.
“If only I made more money.” “Life would be so much easier if there was just more in my paycheck.” “I would love to have enough to not have to worry about money.” Let’s be honest. We’ve all made these comments before. Just like Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”. He sang “If I were a rich man, Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.” It all sounds great. Unfortunately, every last one of them is a lie! Read the rest of this entry »
You want to buy a home? Have you looked at prices lately!? Do you know how much you need for a down payment!?! You’ve got to be crazy!!! There is no way you can come up with THAT MUCH money right now. I mean, come on. Don’t you need like 20% down for a house? That’s got to be like $50,000-$60,000 with where homes are priced. Buying a home just is NOT an option for you right now. Right?
WRONG. Well, maybe it isn’t the right time for you to be buying a home right now. But the premises above are probably not going to be what holds you back. Let’s talk about why. Read the rest of this entry »