Inspired to Give
When the coronavirus pandemic emerged this past spring, Bonita Osborne decided to support LSSI in a new way. She joined The Inspired monthly giving society, which provides stable income for LSSI programs.
Osborne became an LSSI foster parent in the early 1980s when her daughter was three years old. She cared for 16 children over eight years.
"Then I decided I wanted to become a social worker," she said and earned her master's degree in social work and completed several internships at LSSI. Since then, she has remained connected with LSSI through her church, donating financially and helping to obtain Easter baskets, winter coats and boots, backpacks, and other items for LSSI clients.
"I can't do any of that anymore because of COVID," said Osborne. "I'm not leaving the house, so I really don't spend much money. I decided I would help by increasing my monthly giving to LSSI."
Osborne believes as strongly in the mission of LSSI as she did nearly 40 years ago when she welcomed her first child through foster care.
"With churches closing and support down this year, government slashing support for social services, and with COVID, any little bit I can do to keep these programs going is my hope," she said. "If enough of us contribute, we can keep these programs going."