August 2019 News

Aug 15

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Complications from diabetes can bring about kidney failure, blindness, stroke and many other serious health issues. Simple lifestyle changes can make a powerful difference for those living with diabetes. To help local citizens address this important health issue, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is partnering with Juniper, a service of Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging, to host Living Well with Diabetes in New Ulm.

Aug 12
Today, Governor Tim Walz appointed Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, as the new Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, effective September 3. “Serving as the CEO for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has been among the greatest joys of my life,” Harpstead said. “I can accept this appointment because LSS is strong and healthy. I am so proud of this organization – our employees, volunteers and supporters – who are deeply dedicated to the LSS vision that all people have the opportunity to live and work in community, with full and abundant lives.”
Aug 6

 Friends in the Kitchen (FIK) will celebrate its one-year anniversary Thursday, August 8.

Over the past 12 months, FIK presenter Evelyn Fowler of Winsted, and assistant Janna Stigen of Cokato have presented 36 recipes, taste-tested by participants.

Friends in the Kitchen is a free program offered by Lutheran Social Services to anyone age 55 and older. There is no fee to attend.

Aug 2

Renee and CarolLutheran Social Service of Minnesota is seeking volunteers to help meet an increasing need to provide respite to caregivers. As the population of older Minnesotans grows, so does interest in this service.

This service offers an opportunity for caring individuals to share their skills, meet new people and make a direct difference in people’s lives.

July 2019 News

Jul 30

Elaina Johannessen, a program director with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Financial Counseling, offered her expertise on raising and maintaining credit scores. 

Both FICO and VantageScore, the two major credit scoring companies, put the most importance on timely payments. A payment that is 30 or more days late can damage your score immediately, causing it to drop by as much as 100 points. You may also be socked with a late fee by your lender or credit card issuer.

Jul 25

Housing advocates and officials across the metro are boosting efforts to raise awareness of the need for Section 8 housing, including attempts to recruit more landlords who will accept the vouchers. 

“When occupancy rates are as high as they are right now, owners don’t feel as obligated to rent to somebody that has some type of rental subsidy,” said St. Louis Park housing supervisor Michele Schnitker, so the city has had to find ways to partner with landlords. “We’ve been successful in that.”

Jul 3

Eviction Prevention ProjectCarrie Melbie planned to represent herself Monday morning when she showed up at the Olmsted County courthouse with an eviction notice.

Instead, she met Brian Lipford, an attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, who helped represent her regarding an eviction claim by her landlord.

June 2019 News

Jun 27

Camp NoahCamp Noah headed to Redding, California to help kids local kids who experienced the Northern California wildfires process their feelings, learn coping skills and build resiliency.

According to Katie Swartz, who oversees Camp Noah, about half the children at Redding’s Camp Noah lost homes in the Carr Fire, and about 90 percent were directly impacted by the fire.