April 2019 News

Apr 10

Umoja is the Swahili word for unity. It’s also the name of a Minnesota program for transracial adoptive families — parents who have adopted children of a different race.

Billing itself as a camp, Umoja MN is a weekend retreat program primarily aimed at white parents of black children, educators and others seeking to help families learn how to talk about race and their children’s experience as people of color.

Apr 1

Last fall, Tonia Brinston was named one of the Twin Cities’ “Top Women in Finance” by Finance & Commerce newspaper.

She was a rare woman of color among honorees and she doesn’t work for a financial services or accounting firm. And she sure doesn’t boast a six-figure income.

However, Brinston has had an important impact in our community in recent years.

March 2019 News

Mar 25

CEO Jodi Harpstead was invited to talk with Dr. Charles Morgan on KMOJ Radio recently about the organization’s Anti-Racism Initiative, new work in urban areas with other community partners and its most recent statewide initiatives.

Mar 19

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is among providers statewide asking the Minnesota Legislature to provide more funding to increase pay for the essential work that direct support professionals and others provide to support people with disabilities. Disability service providers statewide are experiencing a staffing shortage and participated in a rally at the state capitol on March 12 to encourage legislators to address the issue.  

Mar 1

Krishanti O'Mara VignarajahKrishanti O’Mara Vignarajah, former adviser to Michelle Obama, will be the next president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). The largest refugee resettlement organization of its kind, LIRS partners with organizations like LSS around the nation to support immigrants and refugees.

January 2019 News

Jan 25

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), along with partners Big Stone County Memory Link Group and First English Church of Ortonville, will host an event providing training on more effectively serving consumers who may struggle with symptoms of Dementia.

The Dementia-Friendly County Resource Fair will take place on Thursday, January 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the First English Church, 9 NW. Third St., Ortonville, Minnesota. Please join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by training until 1:30 p.m.

Jan 25

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is combining the reach of three regional services in Rochester in a new office. LSS Financial Counseling, Older Adults Services and Youth Services welcomes the community to join us for an open house celebration Wednesday, January 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at our new office in the Metro Sales Building, 1610 NW 14th Street, Suite 300 in Rochester.