News: Older Posts

President & CEO Mark Stutrud Reflects on the Pain of Racism, Disparity, and Inequity, and LSSI’s Role in Promoting Human Dignity

Date Posted: Jun 05 2020

In a message to LSSI's supporters, President and CEO Mark Stutrud reflects on the pain of racism, disparity, and inequity, and the organization’s role in promoting human dignity.

Read more ....

Budget Impasse Ends

Date Posted: Jul 26 2017

Read more ....

LSSI CEO & Other Human Service Providers on the Effect of the Recently Passed Stop-Gap Budget

Date Posted: Jul 20 2016

While the temporary budget has helped slow the need for additional cuts, some providers say it's unlikely they will be able to bring back the programs they had to close or scale back because of a lack of state funding.

Read more ....

LSSI CEO Interviewed On Illinois Public Media’s The 21st

Date Posted: Jun 01 2016

Illinois has been without a state budget for 11 months. Niala Boodhoo, host of Illinois Public Media's The 21st, interviewed LSSI CEO Mark Stutrud and others about the affects of the budget impasse so far and what's next.

Read more ....

VIDEO: LSSI Lifebook Helps Adopted Foster Child Develop Her Identity

Date Posted: Dec 08 2015

LSSI’s Lifebook, "My Awesome Life", helps Rebecca's adopted daughter put the pieces of her life together. The Lifebook exercises provide creative ways for Rebecca's daughter to process her memories as an adopted foster child. With the help of LSSI's Lifebook Specialists, Rebecca's daughter accessed letters and other materials from previous foster homes, which taught her things that she did not even know about herself!

Read more ....

VIDEO: LSSI Intouch Home Care Services Maximize Independence for Seniors

Date Posted: Dec 07 2015

Shirley explains how Jason, a Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) elder care coordinator, had a positive impact on her life. LSSI's Home Care Services provided Shirley with community resources that maximize her independence and enrich her life.

Read more ....

LSSI Featured in WBEZ Discussion about Issues Facing the Elderly

Date Posted: Jul 09 2015

LSSI provides a variety of services that enable seniors to live as independently and safely in their communities as possible. Chicago public radio station WBEZ recently invited Carol Lentz, LSSI’s Associate Executive Director of Senior Services to be part of a “Morning Shift” program on issues of isolation and poverty among seniors. Listen to this program.

Read more ....

Dixie Downes Retires After 40 Years of Service

Date Posted: Jun 30 2015

After 40 years of faithful service to LSSI, Dixie Downes retired this week. Among many who offered words of appreciation to Dixie was LSSI Board Chair Eric Draut.

Read more ....

Chicago Public Radio Station WBEZ Profiles LSSI’s Lifebook Program for Children in Foster Care and Those Who Have Been Adopted

Date Posted: May 19 2015

SSI believes that every child deserves a Lifebook! Learn more about the impact of Lifebooks from this WBEZ public radio story.

Read more ....

“The Southern Illinoisan” Featured a Couple Whose Dreams of Parenthood Came True Through Foster Parenting & Adoption

Date Posted: May 12 2015

By age 35, Jaime Lane thought she would have it all: the husband, the house with white-picket fence, the 2.5 children and the dog. Instead, when she reached that milestone a few years back, she was divorced and without children, and wondering if her dream life would ever come true.

Read more ....

LSSI Receives $10,000 Grant from Employees Community Fund of Boeing Chicago/Gary

Date Posted: May 06 2015

LSSI is grateful for a $10,000 grant it received from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Chicago/Gary for our Steps to Life program.

Read more ....

LSSI CEO Mark Stutrud Urges Lawmakers to Consider How Their Budget Decisions Will Impact At-Risk State Residents

Date Posted: Mar 19 2015

The Illinois legislative session is underway and lawmakers must approve a state budget on behalf of the people of Illinois by May 31. It’s no easy feat — making decisions affecting 12.8 million Illinoisians. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) urges lawmakers to consider how their decisions affect at-risk state residents.

Read more ....

LSSI's Storybook Program Featured in Belleville News Democrat

Date Posted: Mar 03 2015

Inmate Colter Liston was trying to decide between two children’s books on a table in the library at Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center in East St. Louis. It was his first time participating in the Storybook Project of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, which sends volunteers to the prison once a month to record inmates reading books and mails the CDs and books to their children or grandchildren.

Read more ....

Adopt an Angel Project Collects Gifts in Rockford

Date Posted: Dec 15 2014

For the 18th consecutive year LSSI’s Children’s Community Services in Rockford collected gifts for the Adopt an Angel Project. Approximately 2,000 Rockford-area kids received gifts this year.

Read more ....

Rich Miller, Publisher of Capitol Fax, Receives 2014 Amicus Certus Award from LSSI

Date Posted: Dec 10 2014

On Oct. 25, 2014, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) presented Rich Miller, publisher of Capitol Fax and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business, with the organization’s 2014 Amicus Certus (“True Friend”) Award at its 33rd Amicus Certus Celebration. Held at the European Crystal in Arlington Heights, the event’s theme was “Celebrating the Land of Lincoln” and raised more than $113,000 for programs serving people in need offered by LSSI.

Read more ....

Online Shopping Benefits LSSI

Date Posted: Nov 11 2014

The AmazonSmile Foundation is the perfect way to combine your online shopping needs with support of your favorite charities—at no cost to you. When you sign up for AmazonSmile and choose LSSI as your charity of choice, a percentage of all purchases made on AmazonSmile—a portal to shopping on Amazon—will be automatically donated to LSSI.

Read more ....

LSSI’s Lifebook Program Featured in Social Work Today

Date Posted: Oct 08 2014

Where were you born? Who are your biological parents? Where did you live when you were 6 years old? For some children, these are simple questions with answers already known or easily obtained. However, for many children in foster care and for many who are adopted, they are mysteries and blurred memories. For those without answers, not knowing can be a tragedy.

Read more ....

Ogle County Takes Back Over 500 Pounds of Drugs

Date Posted: Oct 03 2014

Oregon, IL — After alcohol and marijuana, the most common drugs abused in America are right in your home — prescription and over-the-counter drugs. To help prevent drug abuse, Ogle County Law Enforcement participated in the September 27th “National Take Back Day” sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Read more ....

Mark A. Stutrud Named Chief Executive Officer of LSSI

Date Posted: Oct 01 2014

Mark A. Stutrud has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). Stutrud was unanimously elected to the position at a meeting of the LSSI Board of Directors on June 23 and began Oct. 1.

Read more ....

Featured in Quad-City Times-Illinois Budget Leaves State Agencies in Limbo

Date Posted: Jun 06 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois state agencies are restricting spending and bracing for the worst after lawmakers approved a budget that uses accounting gimmicks and punts on crucial decisions about where to find revenue until after the November election.

Read more ....

Hospital Acknowledges Project Impact with 2014 Spirit of Compassion Award

Date Posted: May 28 2014

Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation has selected Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) Project Impact as the recipient of the 2014 Spirit of Compassion Award. This award recognizes outstanding individuals, and/or organizations who have made deep and lasting contributions to improving the lives of members of our community.

Read more ....

Seeing Stars 2013 Virtual Walk of Fame

Date Posted: Apr 01 2014

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is honored to recognize the following individuals and organizations with a star on our Virtual Walk of Fame. Each name represents generous support to LSSI programs in Lee and Whiteside Counties, that includes: substance abuse treatment for youth and adults, older adult services, residential treatment for adolescents (through Nachusa Lutheran Home), residential care for adults with developmental disabilities, and foster and adoption services.

Read more ....

Congestive Heart Failure

Date Posted: Feb 27 2014

Heart failure, sometimes known as congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when your heart muscle doesn't pump blood as well as it should. Chronic conditions, such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure, gradually leave your heart too weak or stiff to fill and pump efficiently (Mayo Clinic). When this happens, fluid builds up in the lungs and other organs, causing symptoms such as breathlessness, shortness of breath, swollen legs and ankles.

Read more ....

Joy Medrano Appointed Vice Chair of Illinois Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Date Posted: Jan 30 2014

Joy Medrano is the newly elected vice chairperson of the Illinois VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) which is a part of the National VOAD. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery —to help disaster survivors and their communities.

Read more ....

Heading Back to the Garden

Date Posted: Jan 14 2014

“I enjoy serving people. It’s better to serve people than to be served.”

Through GRO, returning prisoners find many kinds of growth.

For Glen Rizzie, the harvest has been good. Now almost 60, the thick-bearded Carbondale native grew up with his fingers in the dirt, his earliest memories rooted in his grandfather’s backyard garden in O’Fallon. Ever since, he has worked to make things grow.

Read more ....