News

September 2022 News

Sunday
Sep 18

Newly released U.S. Census numbers show a steep drop in child poverty over the past three decades, the Star Tribune reported. Officials credit policy changes and an important safety net of services. “Social investment is needed to ensure that kids can thrive,” said Maureen Warren, senior vice president at LSS. Read the story.

Friday
Sep 2
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government put a pause on federal student loan payments — also known as a forbearance — beginning with the passage of the federal CARES Act in March 2020. Forbearance has since been extended through December 31, 2022. With student loan payments resuming in 2023, LSS Financial Counseling can assist student loan borrowers with understanding their repayment options—at no cost to them. Because each individual has a unique situation, we work to develop the best solution for making payments achievable and getting back into good standing if someone has defaulted on a loan.

August 2022 News

Tuesday
Aug 23

While it’s mid-summer, we are already gearing up for a busy fall school season!  Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is seeking volunteers for its Foster Grandparent program. These special volunteers are older adults who play a vital role mentoring children and youth in the classroom and other settings who may be experiencing academic or social challenges. Learn more by listening to this KTIS Radio interview.

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
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.
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.