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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

Click here to read the story 'Helping People Flourish'

Helping People Flourish

Mental Health Group Homes

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Networking for Good

Patti Carroll

Click here to read the story 'Hope Moves'

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!


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

It’s Free Money, Don’t Waste it!

Are you eligible for Thrivent Choice Dollars? Choice Dollars can help support LSSI. All remaining 2019 Choice Dollars must be designated by March 31, 2020. You can learn more at or by calling 800.847.4836800.847.4836 and saying "Thrivent Choice" after the prompt. You have the power to bring hope and well-being to the people LSSI serves.

Start a Fundraising Campaign

Be a part of LSSI's life-changing work and start a personal fundraising campaign! Celebrate a birthday, honor a loved one, or create your own that will help you make an impact.

To get started:

  • Visit
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  • Create a campaign as an individual or group.
  • Customize your page, and tell what inspired you.
  • Share on social media, email, or text using your personalized link.

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Save the Dates

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Spring Fling: Blooms and Blessings

The Women's Network of LSSI invites you to our Annual Spring Fling: Blooms and Blessings fundraiser before or on Saturday, May 2, 2020. This year’s event will be held "virtually" online and also by mail to accommodate government safety guidelines relative to public gatherings.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Good Shepherd Sunday

On Good Shepherd Sunday, many congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) across the state celebrate their shared social ministry, LSSI. Please plan now to celebrate with LSSI during the 2020 Easter season. We will have resources available for your congregation to use on May 3 or on another Sunday during the Easter season. For more information, contact or 847.635.4617847.635.4617.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Amicus Certus
Union League Club of Chicago

For more information, contact or 847.635.4656847.635.4656.