January 2020 News

Jan 10

Some people have good-luck charms or keepsakes that mean a lot to them. For Anoka teenager Sam Hanks, it’s a bracelet he always wears — a token from a summer camp for kids who’ve sustained burn injuries.

After attending the camp for three years, 15-year-old Hanks is about to age out of Camp RED, but he’s sending other kids there thanks to $5,000 from a fundraising event he organized in November.

Jan 3

Danny Demery has a biological mother, an adoptive mother and a foster mother, Danielle Anderson. Anderson is the only one Demery calls “mom.”

Demery, 22, has been in and out of Anderson’s north Moorhead home since he was a baby. Though he’s “termed out” of the foster system, he remains there under an agreement Anderson has with his parents.

“It’s the only home that I've ever had ... considering that a home is loving and caring,” he said.

Jan 1

The Results Innovation Lab from Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is equipping leaders to improve health, safety, stability and education for 20,000 at-risk youth by 2024. The lab employs a group-learning model in which participants develop new approaches for achieving results and engaging partners in their work.

“Through intense, interactive trainings with outside experts, Results Innovation Lab is providing participants with the skills to foster stakeholder relationships and create strategic partnerships,” said Charlotte Haberaecker, president and CEO of LSA.

December 2019 News

Dec 24

Property owners take on many roles in their work with tenants – from collecting rent and leasing units to managing repairs and troubleshooting tenant issues.  Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, an organization that partners with property owners to provide housing for families who have experienced homelessness, will offer a free workshop on addressing tenant issues with help from two attorneys on Wednesday, January 8 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Avenue in Minneapolis. 

Dec 17

The Children's Home Society of Minnesota is distributing gifts to children in foster care, birth families and relatives caring for kids unexpectedly this holiday season. But the greatest gift they can give a child is a forever family, like Ben and Wendy's.

This is the first time Ben and Wendy have been together over the holidays with the two birth mothers who agreed to the open adoptions that made their family possible.