News

April 2019 News

Wednesday
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.

Monday
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

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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.  

January 2019 News

Friday
Jan 25

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) will host two events to raise awareness about the signs of sex trafficking and educate Brainerd area residents on what they can do to prevent it.

January Soup-Off 

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 25

Where: Rooms 1 and 2 of the Land Service Building, 322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

Friday
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.