Drauts to Receive "True Friend" Award

Behind every strong Lutheran organization or church are volunteers like Eric and Jodie Draut who commit their time and generosity. The Drauts will be honored with the "True Friend" Award by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) at its 38th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

"We have been truly blessed in life," said Jodie Draut. "It is important to give back to others using our time and talents."

"We concentrate our volunteer efforts supporting the ministries of both our
home church (Our Saviour's, Arlington Heights) and those of the greater church," Eric added. "We find great joy in answering God's call."

Eric has served on the LSSI Board of Directors since 2006, including Board chairman from 2008 to 2010, 2012-2013, and 2014-2017; Executive Chairman 2013-2014; and Emeritus Chairman 2017-2018. Eric was nominated by the LSSI staff and received the President of the United States' Council on Service and Civic Participation Call to Service Award in 2014.

Jodie, an attorney, is a member of Our Saviour's POWER (Policy beyond Our Walls: Education and Response) Ministry whose members participated in Lutheran Day. She is a past member of the Statewide Advisory Council of Lutheran Advocacy-Illinois. They are members of LSSI’s Cornerstone Society.

The Drauts have seen first-hand the impact of LSSI's work, and those experiences have inspired their volunteer time and charitable contributions.

"Simply put, LSSI is Christ in a broken world," said Eric. "There is no better example of 'God's Work Our Hands' than the work done at LSSI."