Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is seeking volunteers for its Foster Grandparent service, in partnership with AmeriCorps Seniors, a national service agency, to offer guidance and encouragement to 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.
Camp Knutson’s beautiful 30-acre campus is nestled between the pristine waters of Lower Whitefish and Big Trout lakes. The very tip of the point where the channel connects the two lakes has a significant amount of erosion due to storms, ice, boat traffic, and wave action.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is seeking AmeriCorps caregiver volunteers to meet at the homes of older adults and out in the community, offering caregivers a few hours each week to run errands, catch up with friends and recharge. Volunteers earn a monthly living allowance ranging from $150 to $250 and can earn a $1,300 to $1,600 education grant annually, which they can use for tuition and student loans.
June is National Homeownership Month, an opportunity to learn about taking financial control and making owning a home a reality.
“Purchasing a home is a big commitment, and the preparation can seem daunting at first,” said Sandi Kleist, director of Homeownership Services for LSS Financial Counseling. “But with commitment and hard work, individuals can achieve their dream of home ownership by building a solid plan and sticking to it.”
Jobs in the health care field are among those in highest demand in the Twin Cities. Individuals wanting to begin or further their career in health care can receive support from LSS Financial Counseling’s Health Care Careers Program in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood.
The Health Care Careers Program meets individuals where they are on their employment journey.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is proud to announce that Jennifer Kreps, LSS Senior Director of Personal Support Services, is one of 20 honorees selected to receive Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s first-ever Health Care Heroes award. The award recognizes health care workers who have demonstrated exemplary dedication to the care of others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bethany Crisis Shelter in Morgan Park will soon have a new home to better serve children and their parents during times of need. The project will replace the current Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota facility for short-term, emergency housing for youth undergoing times of crisis and trauma.
LSS provided 10 frozen meals to older adults in Kandiyohi County at no cost to recipients during a drive-through style event in Willmar.
Residents eligible for the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors received fresh and frozen food at the event, which was possible thanks to a partnership between LSS, Kandiyohi County Food Shelf and the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.
There continues to be a need for more foster parents in Minnesota. Jodi Raidt, statewide program director with LSS Therapeutic Foster Care services says there are about 9,300 children and young adults in foster care on any given day in the state. There are even more kids waiting to be placed in a home.
“Our greatest need at the moment is really going to be teens, school-age children, and sibling groups,” Jodi said. “Families that are open to meeting those care needs, we would love if you would join in with us”