True Friend Honorees Invest in Human Potential


Through volunteerism and philanthropic support, Beverly Moody, and her late husband, Richard, have been involved with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) for 35 years. LSSI’s 2021 True Friend Award will honor Beverly and the life of Richard at the 40th True Friend Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Beverly joined the LSSI Board of Directors in 1986. Board members were encouraged to attend the True Friend Celebration (then called Amicus Certus Gala). Richard attended with her, and it was the start of their commitment. Richard joined the Cornerstone Trustee Board in the 1990s. Their involvement gave them an up-close look at how LSSI serves people across Illinois.

“LSSI’s multifaceted programs fulfill for us the teaching of Jesus from Matthew 25:40,” Beverly said. “Although we may personally be feeding the hungry, welcoming strangers, or visiting prisoners, we share our abundance with an organization that does many of these things.”

The Moodys were particularly passionate about several of the organization’s programs, including Children’s Community Services and Prisoner and Family Ministry. They’ve supported other Lutheran nonprofit initiatives locally and worldwide through the ELCA.

Beverly is a member of the Women’s Network of LSSI, which has been fulfilling on many levels. “Lasting friendships have been formed with caring women interested in learning about LSSI, supporting its programs, and advocating its mission,” she said. “LSSI is a ministry that invests in human potential. Does not everyone hope to help with this goal for humankind?"