News

March 2020 News

Thursday
Mar 19

As coronavirus spreads both in the U.S. and abroad, it’s affecting adoption agencies.

Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota work together. They have partnerships with adoption agencies around the world.

“Right now, we're seeing visas not being issued in some countries,” said Alexis Oberdorfer, president of Children’s Home Society and associate vice president for Lutheran Social Service.

“Folks that are involved in different places in the process are going to be slowed down or delayed as a result of this.”

Wednesday
Mar 18

With change and uncertainty around COVID-19, you may be feeling greater anxiety, worry and stress – especially around personal finances.

Some of us are facing the possibility of reduced income with hours cutback at work, while parents are scrambling to find child care or cover shifts so they can stay home because their child’s school has closed. Many households are stocking up on food staples and supplies, creating strain on budgets. And, there is turbulence in the stock market.

Monday
Mar 16
The health and safety of those we serve, our employees and volunteers are our top priorities. With concerns around COVID-19, we want you to know what we are doing to respond to this national emergency.
Monday
Mar 2

Credit card debt reached an all-time high in 2019. Last year, Americans amassed a staggering $930 billion on their credit cards, according to the Federal Reserve.

During a time of unprecedented household debt, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Financial Counseling is working with individuals and families to eliminate their debt and gain control of their finances through debt management plans.

February 2020 News

Wednesday
Feb 26

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County is seeing increased demand for its service.

Applications for services rose from 572 applications received in 2018 to 708 last year.

Among the growing need is legal help through the Eviction Prevention Project, which Legal Assistance organizes and operates with the help of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

Thursday
Feb 20

The new location for the Duluth Crisis Nursery, a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), is providing greater access to services that promote family and child wellbeing. Since relocating in October from the Lake and First Building to the Center for Changing Lives at 1422 East Superior Street, the Crisis Nursery supported 170 children.

Staff at the Crisis Nursery support families facing crises with short-term childcare or supplies for children. Other LSS services at the center include transitional housing for youth, a teen health center and youth support groups. 

Wednesday
Feb 12

Bitter subzero temperatures are headed to the Twin Cities metro area Thursday.

There will be a huge temperature swing in short period. It was about 32 degrees at 11 a.m. and the temperature will fall to a feels like temperature of about -30 degrees about 12 hours later. 

“A night like this when it’s this cold, we just have to make sure we are out here making sure everyone has what they need so they can stay safe,” said Natasha Oreskovich with Street Works.

Friday
Feb 7

new study from the University of Minnesota finds that at least 5,000 Minnesota youth have traded sex for food, money, alcohol, drugs, a place to stay or anything else of value.

The data comes after the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey included the question for the first time.

The state conducts the voluntary survey of ninth and 11th graders in Minnesota every three years.

January 2020 News

Wednesday
Jan 29

Bob and GailThief River Falls Resident Bob Loken provides care for his partner, Gail Hjelle, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease nearly five years ago. He assists her with daily tasks including getting ready in the morning, remembering medications and sitting down for meals.