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July 2022 News

Friday
Jul 29

Camp Knutson, offering an unforgettable week at camp for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, severe skin disorders and other fragile health conditions, invites the community to its 36th Annual Quilt Auction on Saturday, August 13 in Crosslake, Minn., featuring handcrafted quilts, camp counselors dressed in costumes and concessions amidst the lively auction. Online bidding available. Listen here to learn more!

Monday
Jul 25

One hundred million Americans, or about 41 percent of U.S. adults, live with medical debt, according to a survey by Kaiser Family Foundation. Kim Miller with LSS Financial Counseling shared how medical debt affects individuals and resources that can help them tackle debt on MPR News with Angela Davis. Listen now!

Tuesday
Jul 19
Mark Dubbels has been named associate vice president of Community Residential Services for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), the oldest and one of the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. In his new role, he will oversee several divisions that support people with identified needs across the organization and continue to explore technology innovations that improve life quality.
Tuesday
Jul 19
Tory Merhar has been named associate vice president of Community Based Services for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), the oldest and one of the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. In her new role, she will oversee PICS (Partners in Community Supports), Host Homes, Care Coordination Services, Camp Knutson and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.
Tuesday
Jul 19
Minnesota caregivers raising a relative’s or friend’s child now have access to greater support through Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) Kinship Family Support Services. Originally available in the metro area only, LSS has expanded kinship support services to communities statewide. This includes a warmline, one-to-one support and educational trainings and groups to assist in navigating complex financial, legal, medical and mental health systems.

June 2022 News

Thursday
Jun 30
A former youth room on the ground level of Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester has been converted into the new LSS Youth Resource Center that features a training kitchen, a large meeting space with a TV and games and offices for case management meetings and counseling support. Youth will have access to life skills classes, education and career planning, meals, and a food pantry, transportation resources, personal hygiene items, computer and internet access, and referral to other community resources. Support for finding short-term housing is also available.
Thursday
Jun 30
Camp Knutson, a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, will host its signature fundraiser event, Night Under the Stars, on Saturday, July 16. The event will be held in person for the first time since 2019. Night Under the Stars benefits campers with disabilities, medical conditions and other identified needs. The evening features a wine bar, silent auction, dinner, live auction and a program. The online auction will open on July 13, offering bidders a wide variety of options to choose from. Supporters can participate in the online auction whether they are attending the in-person event. To learn more about Night Under the Stars and Music on the Docks, go to campknutson.org/events.
Tuesday
Jun 28
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is seeking volunteers for its Foster Grandparent program, in partnership with AmeriCorps Seniors, a national service agency, to offer guidance and encouragement to at-risk children and youth in the community. Foster Grandparent volunteers are older adults who traditionally offer one-to-one mentoring in the classroom and other settings to children and youth who may be experiencing academic or social challenges. Their presence and reassurance can help children and youth improve self-esteem, social and emotional development and literacy and math skills.