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Removing Barriers, Moving Forward

Rosetta's Story

With a heavy sigh, Rosetta slowly wheeled her oxygen tank as she attempted a rare trip out of her apartment with her daughter andgrandson. When she lit her first cigarette at the age of 16, she never thought of how its effects, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), would change her life later. Simply walking around had become a struggle she faced daily. But this particular outing would prove to be a step toward a happier life for Rosetta. A sign for the Department of Aging caught her grandson’s eye, and he said, “Hey, Granny, you should contact them to see if they can help you.” Since she was now over the age of 60, Rosetta called. After speaking with the Department of Aging staff, they determined she was eligible for assistance and could benefit from IRIS services. Soon she was connected with Jodi, a consultant with Connections, LSS’s IRIS program (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct), who conducted an assessment and worked with Rosetta to set up a plan. “Everything is going to be OK,” Jodi said to Rosetta during that first visit.

Rosetta desperately wanted a mobility chair to help her not only move around her apartment with ease but to also get back out into the community she loved. Four times her requests
for a chair were denied. And after every denial, Jodi was there reassuring Rosetta that “everything is going to be OK.” With encouragement from Jodi and help from the Accessibility team and her primary doctor, Rosetta made one more request for a mobility chair. When the phone rang, she was certain it was the same bad news she heard before. But when the man on the other end of the phone asked if he could drop off Rosetta’s new chair on Friday, she thought she was dreaming. Rosetta’s request was approved!

“The first person I called when I found out I was getting my chair was Jodi,” Rosetta recalls. “She always told me, ‘Everything is going to be OK,’ and now it really was!”

With the help of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Rosetta, who once thought she would rarely ever leave her apartment again, was able to move forward
with her life.

LSS is Strengthening Families, Healing Communities, and Creating Avenues for Belonging. 

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A Gift of Love For Homme and Visions School

For more than 20 years, Carrie Stockbridge brought her love of teaching to Visions, the on-campus school at Homme Youth and Family Programs in Wittenberg, WI. Carrie passed away in summer 2016, but through the Carolyn J. Stockbridge Fund for Homme Staff Development, her commitment to the mission of Homme and Visions lives on.

Ciara's Story

Ciara thought no one wanted her - until Greg and Joelle Scheithauer asked her to be their daughter. With the help of LSS, they are now a forever family.

Raising God's Children

Meet Jill and Randy Polifka who have welcomed more than 40 foster children into their home. Hear their story and that of Jessie, who came to live with them when she was 16.

Clubhouse Provides Meaningful Work to Those Disabled by Mental Illness

Learn about Spring City Corner Clubhouse, a LSS daytime drop-in center in Waukesha offering a safe environment for those living with a mental illness.

Living Independently With a Disability

Cole is in his 30s and he’s living on his own for the very first time. He takes the bus, has a job and leads a full and active life in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Watch his story.

Meet John Schaller

John Schaller was adopted as a baby through LSS. Today, he serves as the organization's Board Chairman.

LSS Foster Care Featured on WKBT- La Crosse

Sara Meyer and Mike Witzke of LSS talk about the need for more foster care homes in the La Crosse area in a TV interview with Eric Jacobson of WKBT.
Broadcast July 2016

Breaking Free from the Prison of Addiction

Learn how Jim used the services and support at the Cephas House in Waukesha, Wisconsin to get his life back on track.

A PATH Forward

Our Providing Access to Healing Program helps student struggling with mental health issues by bringing counseling and support directly to them during the school day.

Damarlo Breaks Free From His Past

Homme, a LSS residence aimed at helping individuals overcome their struggles, helped Damario break free from his troubled past. Learn more.

It's All About Love

When Jackson was adopted through LSS, his adoptive parents and birth mother created a circle of love that will surround him for years to come.

Samuel: Against the Odds

Samuel, born with a rare genetic condition, beat the odds with the help of the LSS Birth to Three program. Learn more.

Living a Full Life with Connections

With the help of LSS Connections, Tyler Fech has accomplished a lot in his 18 years. Learn about his accomplishments.

Meet Patricia Wesner

LSS Foundation Board Member Patricia Wesner enjoys serving our organization during her retirement.

There Are No Unwanted Children

Jonalyn found her forever family with the help of the LSS Ambassadors Program.

Never Too Late: Rick's Redemption

LSS helped Rick overcome its drug and alcohol addictions to become a functioning member of his community.

Alseth Family Honored

The Alseth family of South Range received the Outstanding Adoptive Family Award, after adopting two special needs children and fostering a third.

Meet John Howman

Meet John Howman, the LSS Board of Directors chairman.

Max Continues to Reach His Milestones

LSS helped Max, a boy with autism, reach key milestones, including attending a public high school and even joining the school's basketball team.

LSS Disaster Services Helps Rebuild Homes and Hope

Learn how LSS helped families in southern Wisconsin rebuild after record flooding in 2018.

A Good Drive

The Make the Ride Happen program provides transportation to those who need it in Northeast Wisconsin. Read how one volunteer, Russ Van Straten, makes a difference.

A New Home, and a Changed Life

LSS staff members helped Doug get on his feet with a one bedroom apartment and medical assistance.

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