LSS Awarded Central Minnesota Council on Aging Contract

Friday, April 29, 2022

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) was awarded $64,420 from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging (CMCOA) to continue supporting caregivers and helping Minnesotans receive a break from their caregiving responsibilities, improving access resources to grow their caregiving skills and connect with others through support groups, with its Caregiver Support Services.

“We are thrilled to receive this award,” said Tara Giese, statewide caregiver services program director for Lutheran Social Service. “Caring for a loved one can be a physically and emotionally demanding role. This award helps make it possible for our staff and wonderful volunteers to continue to provide the care and support so many Minnesotans need. We greatly appreciate CMCOA’s recognition and support of this important work.”

A leader in caregiver services for more than 25 years, Lutheran Social Service offers innovative solutions to improve the lives of older Minnesotans and their caregivers. With the award, the statewide organization will continue to provide virtual support for families including support groups, caregiver coaching and counseling sessions, emergency care planning, training and education and technology support.

Nicole Bauer, senior director of LSS Caregiver & Companion Services stated, “We appreciate the ongoing support provided by CMCOA to continue both in-person and remote service options that give Minnesota Caregivers a choice in how they receive support.” Bauer further shared, “It is important that all caregivers know about and are able to access services before they reach a crisis point.”  

Funding will also strengthen efforts to recruit volunteers that help caregivers provide quality care for their loved ones while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

To learn more about Caregiver Support & Respite Services, call Lutheran Social Service at 866.787.9802 or visit their website. For a comprehensive list of all services for older adults through the statewide organization, visit