Within LSSI, Government Relations and Advocacy are two distinct but overlapping functions. Government Relations addresses the needs of the people being served in various LSSI programs, as well as the needs of human service providers -- such as LSSI -- so that we are able to continue to provide vital services to those people.
Our Advocacy office is part of the ELCA's network of state public policy offices. In Illinois, Lutheran Advocacy–Illinois works with all three synods in Illinois to organize grassroots support for state and federal policies that reflect ELCA social statements, resolutions and messages on public policy issues. In Illinois, the primary focus of the state public policy office is adequate and sustainable state funding for human services that provide the vital safety net for all people in Illinois. Lutheran Advocacy–Illinois also addresses environmental and civil rights issues.
The office of Government Relations and Advocacy also offers numerous resources to church groups or individuals who want to get more deeply involved in faith- and value-based public policy advocacy.
LSSI's Office of Government Relations and Advocacy is led by Jennifer De Leon, Director of Government Relations and The Rev. Dan Schwick, Vice President for Church and Public Engagement. Contact Jennifer or Rev. Schwick to learn more about how you can add your voice to the thousands of Lutherans across Illinois who speak out in favor of a strong public–private safety net for people in need in our state, or if you would like one of the previously mentioned presentations for your congregation.
Jennifer can be reached at 847/390-1428, or at Jennifer.Deleon@LSSI.org
The Rev. Dan Schwick can be reached at 847/390-1418, or at Dan.Schwick@lssi.org.