Today, Governor Tim Walz appointed Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, as the new Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, effective September 3.
“Serving as the CEO for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has been among the greatest joys of my life,” Harpstead said. “I can accept this appointment because LSS is strong and healthy. I am so proud of this organization – our employees, volunteers and supporters – who are deeply dedicated to the LSS vision that all people have the opportunity to live and work in community, with full and abundant lives.”
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is seeking volunteers to help meet an increasing need to provide respite to caregivers. As the population of older Minnesotans grows, so does interest in this service.
This service offers an opportunity for caring individuals to share their skills, meet new people and make a direct difference in people’s lives.
Elaina Johannessen, a program director with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Financial Counseling, offered her expertise on raising and maintaining credit scores.
Both FICO and VantageScore, the two major credit scoring companies, put the most importance on timely payments. A payment that is 30 or more days late can damage your score immediately, causing it to drop by as much as 100 points. You may also be socked with a late fee by your lender or credit card issuer.
Housing advocates and officials across the metro are boosting efforts to raise awareness of the need for Section 8 housing, including attempts to recruit more landlords who will accept the vouchers.
“When occupancy rates are as high as they are right now, owners don’t feel as obligated to rent to somebody that has some type of rental subsidy,” said St. Louis Park housing supervisor Michele Schnitker, so the city has had to find ways to partner with landlords. “We’ve been successful in that.”
For 66 years, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota's Camp Knutson outside of Crosslake has been known for its charitable camps for children and families in special circumstances. From heart conditions, skin conditions, autism and Down syndrome, Camp Knutson is a special place for campers to congregate for a fun time.