Supporting Shared Values

Posted on: December 8, 2021 | Categories: Donors and Volunteers, inspired | Featured in the December 2021 issue of Inspired


For over two decades, Pastor Kathie Bender Schwich and Pastor Daniel Schwick have maintained a deep connection to LSSI, whose mission aligns closely with their shared values. It was only natural the ELCA pastors chose to leave a percentage of their estate to LSSI and join its Cornerstone Society.

Dan, pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect, worked at LSSI for 18 years.

“I’ve seen the power of LSSI to impact our communities from the inside,” he said. “I’ve seen people whose lives are very positively impacted because of the work that LSSI staff and social workers do.”

Kathie, who has worked at Advocate Aurora Health for 12 years, currently as Chief Spiritual Officer, serves on LSSI’s Board of Directors and has been part of the Women’s Network since the late 1990s.

“For me, the Women’s Network exemplifies how people of God in congregations who see a need do something to meet it,” said Kathie. “The people of God saying ‘Yes, these people on the margins are God’s people, too, and we are called to assist them.’”

Learn more about LSSI’s Planned Giving Initiative, There’s a Place in Your Heart for LSSI, and how you can join the Cornerstone Society at