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LSS Receives $100,000 Grant from Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) is the recipient of a generous grant from Bader Philanthropies, Inc.’s Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund, totaling $100,000 over the next two years. “LSS believes in the strength of our school-centered mental health model, and we’re already seeing positive results from our pilot program with UCC,” said Héctor Colón, President and CEO of LSS.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article on Hiring of Hector Colón

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the hiring of Hector Colón as President/CEO of Lutheran Social Services.

Published June 2017

Biz Times Article on Naming of Hector Colón As President/CEO of LSS

An article published in the Biz Times announces the hiring of Hector Colón as president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services. The former director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services will join the organization in July.

Published June 2017

LSS's David Larson Reflects on Career

Around a year and a half ago, Larson began formulating what he called his next rolling, five-year plan, trying to figure out where he might take the nonprofit. So began the long process of reflection that led to Larson announcing that in February, on his 65th birthday, he'll retire as the organization's president and chief executive officer.
Published May 2017

Positive Avenues Provides Warmth On Cold Days

WQOW, News 18 in Eau Claire broadcasted a story on how Positive Avenues is helping the area's homeless stay warm during the bitter cold of recent days.
Broadcast December 2016

National Adoption Month Interview on KTI Country

Kim Westfahl, director of adoption and out of home care for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan talks about how the adoption process works.

Broadcast November 2016

Appleton Family Welcomes Daughter from Kyrgyzstan

Sofia, who has Down syndrome, was in an orphanage in Kyrgyzstan that’s part of the LSS International Adoption program. With the help of LSS, and after three trips to Kyrgyzstan, Angie and Nathan Schlesner brought Sofia home. Hear their interview during National Adoption Month.
Broadcast November 2016

PATH Program Featured in Appleton Post Crescent

LSS licensed counselor, Kristine Sack, spends two days a week at Appleton East High School as part of the PATH program. Read more in this article from the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper.
Published November 2016

Open Adoption a Blessing for All

A Kenosha, Wis., couple welcomed a daughter, Ellie, into their family through a local, open adoption facilitated by LSS.

Published October 2016

Couple Adopts Down Syndrome Child through LSS International Adoption Program

A recent article in the Onalaska-Holmen Courier-Life, features Angie and Nate Schlesner’s adoption of a child with Down Syndrome through the LSS Kyrgyzstan Adoption Program.

Published July 2016

Union Commons to Receive LSS Wraparound Services

An article in Isthmus announced the planned senior living project at Union Commons. The development is designed to appeal to "grandfamiles" or grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. It will utilize LSS's wraparound services to deliver intergenerational programming.

Published September 2016

Homme Featured in Shawano Leader Newspaper

The Homme Youth & Family Programs was featured in a profile in the Shawano Leader newspaper.
Published July 2016

Opening Doors to Refugees

Raphael Al Rubaye, an LSS case manager for the refugee resettlement program and an Iraqi refugree, shares in the Wisconsin State Journal how LSS and other organizations help newcomers coming to the United States.

Published August 2016

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

LSS Offers Low-Cost Mental Health Counseling

LSS has adopted a sliding scale fee structure for its counseling services, as reported in a recent article in the Sun Prairie Star newspaper.

Published August 2016

Urban Threads Helps Homeless MPS Students

An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features the work that Urban Threads is doing to provide clothing to homeless children in the Milwaukee Public Schools.
Published May 2016

Video: Urban Threads Featured on CBS 58

Urban Threads was featured on CBS 58 for its work in providing clothing to homeless children in the Milwaukee Public Schools.
Broadcast May 2016

Friendships Unlimited Staff Featured on KTI-Country Connections

Kathy Mack, certified peer specialist, and Shannon Hammer, Friendships Unlimited supervisor, did an in-studio interview with Libby Collins of KTI Country Connections on May 8.
Broadcast May 2016

Wellspring Interview on WBAY-TV, Green Bay

Jane Jordan of Wellspring appeared on WBAY-TV, Green Bay to talk about Mental Health Awareness Month and to share information on resources available to women at Wellspring.
Broadcast May 2016

Wellspring Interview on WFRV-TV, Green Bay

Jane Jordan was interviewed by news anchor Kris Schuller on May 4 to promote Mental Health Awareness Month.
Broadcast May 2016

Wellspring Promotes Mental Health Awareness Month, WTAQ AM, FM

Jane Jordan, program manager of Wellspring, did an interview with reporter Jeff Flynt to promote Mental Health Awareness Month.
Broadcast May 2016

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.

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.

Off The Square Club to Offer Shower Facilities to Members

An article in the Wisconsin State Journal featured Off the Square Club and its plans to move forward with the installation of a shower and accessible restroom to serve its members. Many Off the Square Club members are homeless and find it difficult to maintain their hygiene while on the streets.
Published February 2016

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Expands Connections Program

More options available for those looking to live independently

Two apartment developments for seniors proposed in Franklin, Muskego

Two apartment developments for seniors, totaling 136 units, are being proposed for the neighboring communities of Franklin and Muskego. Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Inc. would provide support services for residents.
Published November 2017

Organizations help homeless through frigid winter

As the temperatures quickly fall, the need for a place to stay is increasing with it. Now area organizations are stepping up to make sure people without a place to go, stay warm this winter.
Published December 2017

New Haymarket Lofts apartments opening in historic building near future Bucks arena

Herman & Kittle's partner on Haymarket Lofts is Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Inc. That Milwaukee-based nonprofit group helps connect veterans, people with disabilities and other Haymarket residents with social services providers.
Published January 2017

Bitter cold too close for comfort

Positive Avenues, 320 Putnam St., is experiencing an increase in visitors with the cold weather.
Published December 2017

Developer targets housing to 'grandfamilies' at Union Corners

Gorman & Co. and Lutheran Social Services’ proposed $12.5 million “Union Corners Grandfamily” housing would offer 59 lower-cost and market-rate units in two, three-story buildings in a long-vacant field at 2507 Winnebago St.
Published August 2017

And then there were 3: Family shares adoption journey

The Hettwers went through Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and is just one of many being told during adoption awareness month. Currently, there is a need for both adoptive and foster families in the state of Wisconsin.
Published November 2017

What Benefits Do Immigrants In Wisconsin Qualify For?

Critics Say The Cost To Taxpayers Is Too High, But How Does It Actually Work In Wisconsin?
Published September 2017

Elder Match volunteer finds friendship is in the cards

Menasha’s John Larson, left, plays cards with Leo Micke at Micke’s home in Kaukauna. Larson has volunteered with Lutheran Social Services' Elder Match program and has been partnered with Micke for 18 months.
Published September 2017

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