Each year, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota recognizes public officials, organizations, and community leaders for inspiring hope, changing lives and building communities in ways that are aligned with LSS’ vision for all people.
Movement of Hope Vision Award
Given to public officials whose contributions to the LSS mission help to build stronger communities.
The 2014 honorees are recognized for their commitment to supporting youth in our community through the $4 million appropriation to the Homeless Youth Act during the 2013 legislative session:
- Governor Mark Dayton
- Senator Scott Dibble
- Representative Laurie Halverson
In 2006, Senator Scott Dibble championed the Homeless Youth Act when he authored a bill in support of a fixed budget for homeless youth services. In 2012, as Foundation support for youth services was quickly running out, Sen. Dibble authored a new bill to regenerate support for the Homeless Youth Act.
Hundreds of advocates and homeless youth lobbied legislators, filling hearing rooms with their compelling testimony.
Governor Mark Dayton met with youth, inviting them to share their stories and experiences with homelessness. He included funding for the Homeless Youth Act in his budget. In the end, $4 million was appropriated for the Act – four times more than had ever been dedicated to services for youth experiencing homelessness.
Movement of Hope Award
Given to individuals or organizations who exemplify the LSS mission at work in the community.
The 2014 honorees are recognized for their commitment to support youth in our community through their leadership advocacy for the Homeless Youth Act:
- MayKao Hang, Wilder Foundation
- Laura Kadwell, Heading Home Minnesota
- Tim Marx, Catholic Charities
In 2012, Foundation support for youth services was quickly running out. Eager to find a long-term solution that would ensure safety and stability for youth, Kadwell, Marx, and Hang came together with Lutheran Social Service to reimagine the future of services for youth facing homelessness in Minnesota. They called their new service philosophy “Home by Another Way,” in hopes that it would create new and cost-effective options for offering consistent, high quality services youth need, empowering them with knowledge and tools to transition from instability on the streets, to a safe and stable environment where they would thrive.
At the Capital, they joined other advocates to campaign for youth to receive a permanent standing in the state budget. In the end, $4 million was appropriated – four times more than had ever been dedicated to services for youth experiencing homelessness.