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Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other...

-Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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Helping People Flourish

Mental Health Group Homes

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Networking for Good

Patti Carroll

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Hope Moves

Northeast Christian Church, Rockford


Program Director's Letter

Building Community

As Program Director for LSSI's Children's Community Services in Rockford, it's not uncommon to get asked what my job entails. Our Rockford office has nearly 60 staff who oversee Foster Care, Intact Family Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, and Adoptions, so oftentimes, for a short answer, it's easiest to say, "I help build communities."

In Rockford, LSSI's Children's Community Services are an extension of community partnerships that are prioritizing the safety and wholeness of families. Our work is a true testament to LSSI's mission to bring healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.

This issue of Inspired illustrates how LSSI builds communities. In the cover story, Child Welfare Specialist Lee Taylor from our Intact Family Recovery Program, provided support to Janie Murphy and her children—including accompanying her to her daughter's school—and also encouraging her in her personal growth and sobriety. By truly engaging families in our care, we are helping to transform communities.

Closer to home, I had the honor of witnessing one of our staff rally a group ministry at Northeast Christian Church into a volunteer crew that has planned several events for our local foster families. Their attention to detail was phenomenal. The events were something we could not have accomplished on our own.

The Bible verse from Ecclesiastes on the cover begins, "Two are better than one..." We certainly find that to be true in our work at LSSI. Whether it's our colleagues, other nonprofits' volunteers, or donors, the strength we find in each other is one of our greatest resources!

Sincerely,

David Hicks, MS
Program Director
Children’s Community Services, Rockford


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