Highlights of some of Lutheran Social Service of MN's key accomplishments in 2015
Children, Youth and
Our goal is for every child, every family to have a safe
place to sleep at night, stability in their lives and the opportunity to thrive
- 224 children from eight countries, including the
United States, joined forever families through adoption.
- 47% of individuals receiving Employment Services
moved to unsubsidized employment.
- More than $18.5 million was returned to
creditors by households working with LSS Financial Counseling to pay back their
- 173 refugees settled in the Metro area and St.
Cloud have been placed in jobs during the past year, exceeding our goal by 72%.
- 78% of youth left shelter to find a safe
alternative to homelessness, and 85% of youth exited transitional living
services to find safe housing elsewhere.
LSS is committed to supporting individuals in making their
own decisions and empowering them to live the life they imagine for themselves.
- 55 individuals experienced My Life, My Choices
(MLMC) through Host Homes, Apartment Living with Supports, Person-Centered
Planning, Active Supports and Personal Outcome Interviews.
- LSS launched supported employment options for
persons with disabilities.
- LSS engaged two design consultants, established
a Steering Committee and launched an Intensive Services Design process to help
people with high support needs live their best lives in community.
- PICS (Partners In Community Supports)
implemented an online portal for timecard processing, increasing efficiency of
Our services are designed to support older adults to live as
independently as possible while maintaining health and well-being and providing
opportunities to thrive in community.
- 86% of the 991 individuals served by
Guardianship Options were in the least restrictive, most appropriate
environment for them.
- 330 individuals are served by Pooled Trust,
allowing people with disabilities to manage financial assets and gifts without
jeopardizing public benefits.
- 339 Senior Companions served 2,660 individuals –
92% of whom reported increased social support and less social isolation.
- With help from Foster Grandparents, 89% of the
3,825 children served reached teacher-identified literacy and/or math goals, as
measured by local school testing protocols.
- To reduce caregiver burden, families increased
the respite hours they utilized by 21%.
- More than 21,000 seniors received nutrition
support via congregate dining and home-delivered meals — including 34 centurions!
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