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Inspired, August 2018 issue
Click here to read the story 'Providing Support for Adults with Mental Illness'

Giving Through the Good Shepherd Society

Donor Profile: Pastor David & Claudia Nelson

Offering Hope to Veterans

Joshua Arms Senior Residences, Joliet

Bringing Dads and Kids Together

Trinity Lutheran Church, Olney

Ginger Zee Headlines LSSI's 37th Amicus Certus Celebration

A Letter from the CEO

Recognizing the Whole Person

Photo of Mark A. Stutrud, President and CEO

Dear Friends,

As a result of 151 years of experience, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) has learned we are far more successful when we provide our services in a proactive, preventative approach, a method that is often referred to as “moving upstream.” In this manner, our focus is on “whole person care,” examining not just a single service we offer to an individual, but a person’s comprehensive needs and connecting them, or even their family members and friends, to essential resources. Ultimately, this helps each individual achieve their own personal success so that they can pursue their hopes and dreams. By doing so, they contribute back to their community.

Several articles in this newsletter illustrate the impact of whole person care. One of our 20 affordable senior housing sites helped a Vietnam veteran find not only a place to live, but a new group of friends and staff that support his health needs. A Certified Recovery Support Specialist working as part of our Community Support Team was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young adult. Because he received help for his mental illness, he was successful in pursuing his dreams—graduate school. At LSSI, he now helps people with mental health issues like his own.

LSSI is privileged to share in life in this way. We recognize the role—and the value—friends like you play in these transitions and transformations. We remain grateful for your ongoing support.

In Faith,

Signature of Mark A. Stutrud, President and CEO

Mark A. Stutrud
President and Chief Executive Officer

LSSI Achieves 4-Year Reaccreditation

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LSSI has achieved national reaccreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practices standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of LSSI's programs, services, management, and administration. LSSI was evaluated on more than 1,300 standards codes with COA surveyors interviewing staff at program sites across Illinois. The reaccreditation for LSSI is approved through February 28, 2022.

"Reaccreditation upholds LSSI's continuing efforts to always improve how we deliver services to the people with whom we share in life," said Mark Stutrud, LSSI's President and CEO. "This achievement reflects the strength and quality of LSSI’s programs, and the expertise of the outstanding, compassionate professionals who make up our staff."


Saturday, October 6, 2018

37th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration
Union League Club, Chicago
Join us for our annual fundraising gala honoring ABC Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee with the "True Friend" Award. Tickets are $250 each and sponsorships are available.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

3rd Annual Day of Giving
Join us for a "Day in the Life of LSSI" during our 24-hour “give-a-thon” celebrating the 151st anniversary of LSSI's founding.

For more information about either event, contact or call 847.635.4656.

To see more events at LSSI, please check out our events page.