2015 Annual Report Highlights
Children, Youth and Families
Our goal is for every child, every family to have a safe place to sleep at night, stability in their lives and the opportunity to thrive in community.
- 224 children from eight countries, including the United States, joined forever families through adoption.
- 47 percent of individuals receiving Employment Services moved to unsubsidized employment.
- More than $18.5 million was returned to creditors by households working with LSS Financial Counseling to pay back their debts.
- 173 refugees settled in the Metro area and St. Cloud have been placed in jobs during the past year, exceeding our goal by 72 percent.
- 78 percent of youth left shelter to find a safe alternative to homelessness, and 85 percent of youth exited transitional living services to find safe housing elsewhere.
People with Disabilities
LSS is committed to supporting individuals in making their own decisions and empowering them to live the life they imagine for themselves.
- 55 individuals experienced My Life, My Choices through Host Homes, Apartment Living with Supports, Person-Centered Planning, Active Supports and Personal Outcome Interviews.
- LSS launched supported employment options for persons with disabilities.
- LSS engaged two design consultants, established a Steering Committee and launched an Intensive Services Design process to help people with high support needs live their best lives in community.
- PICS (Partners in Community Supports) implemented an online portal for timecard processing, increasing efficiency of operations.
Our services are designed to support older adults to live as independently as possible while maintaining health and well-being and providing opportunities to thrive in community.
- 86 percent of the 991 individuals served by Guardianship Options were in the least-restrictive, most-appropriate environments for them.
- 330 individuals are served by Pooled Trust, allowing people with disabilities to manage financial assets and gifts without jeopardizing public benefits.
- 339 Senior Companions served 2,660 individuals – 92 percent of whom reported increased social support and less social isolation.
- With help from Foster Grandparents, 89 percent of the 3,825 children served reached teacher-identified literacy and/or math goals, as measured by local school testing protocols.
- To reduce caregiver burden, families increased the respite hours they utilized by 21 percent.
- More than 21,000 seniors received nutrition support via congregate dining and home-delivered meals — including 34 centurions!