February 2024 News

Feb 23

In the February 23 Star Tribune online story on increasing consumer debt, Dan Park with LSS Financial Counseling said that fewer people were making appointments for financial counseling during the pandemic due to the pause in federal student loan payments, banks implementing temporary forbearance plans and stimulus checks. Now that those programs have ended, LSS financial counselors are busy.

Feb 13

Rosa cares for her three children while juggling a full-time job.  “Hundred percent struggling, to be completely honest,” she said.  The single mom turned to the Mankato Area Crisis Nursery. It’s a free emergency childcare program through Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offering support in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties.  Read the story here. 

January 2024 News

Jan 18

Kate LePage, a Safe Harbor regional navigator and program manager with LSS, shared with listeners on WJON Radio in St. Cloud what Lutheran Social Service is doing to prevent sex trafficking and support survivors during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January. 

Jan 16
Cherish All Children, a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, will host a virtual event designed to equip community members to keep children and youth safe from online sextortion. Protecting Youth from Online Sextortion will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21 virtually. The event presenter will share information from the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and provide tools and resources about how to keep children and youth safe. Parents, grandparents, teachers, faith leaders, youth and others are invited. Event attendees are asked to register if they are planning to attend.
Jan 9
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is proud to recognize eight honorees statewide who received the 2023 President’s Leadership Excellence Award. The award recognizes exceptional employees who demonstrate outstanding leadership, inspire colleagues, drive innovation, and build community. They include Alaina Erickson, Jared Griffin, Kathy Sauve, Elizabeth Saevig, Shanon Kalbrener, Kim Prinsen, Melody Raw and Erin Sutton.

December 2023 News

Dec 19

Caregivers who provide 24/7 caregiving can quickly find themselves overwhelmed by care needs and are at greater risk for burnout that can impact a person’s ability to care for their loved ones. Volunteer caregivers can play an important role by providing a much-needed break to caregivers. Tune in to KROX Radio with LSS Director Neal Hines to learn more about the Caregiver Support & Respite service, how you can help and how this service might be able to assist your family. 

Dec 14

Joanne Larson didn’t realize she was even looking for a new career path when she learned about Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Host Homes service through her sister. Zachary Johnson lives in an LSS Host Home, where he receives customized, one-on-one support from a provider in a family-style environment. After learning more about Zachary and his family, Joanne got to thinking. “I’m sitting at this job that I didn’t really care about, and I said to myself, ‘I think I could probably do this.” Read their story in the Aitkin Independent Age.