Imagine a community that stands up to the opioid epidemic with the courage to believe that lives can be saved from addiction and that recovery is possible. We at Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio not only imagine that recovery is possible, we believe the cycle of addiction can be broken with help from caring and compassionate professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping people.
Good news! LSS received a grant from the Toledo Rotary Foundation!
Our sincere and deepest thanks goes to the Rotary Club of Toledo for a generous gift of $10,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle to pick up food for the LSS Emergency Choice Food Pantry and the Feed Your Neighbor Pantries. This grant for the “Our Meals Need Wheels” project is very much appreciated and accepted by Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio Emergency Choice Pantry on behalf of the individuals and families we serve throughout Lucas County and the City of Toledo.
Each year, the first Sunday of November, we gather for All Saints Day to remember those who have gone before us in faith. It is a time to commemorate those we have lost… to celebrate the inspirational people we have met on our journey and the joy of our shared history.
These often aren’t famous folks, but rather those everyday people who have touched our lives in the most meaningful of ways…our neighbor who shared their backyard garden harvest or a friend whose presence and companionship meant so much in our lives. And so it is this early November, when our thoughts turn to the friends of Lutheran Ministries of Mercy that we have grown to know and love.
LSS has been awarded a grant from the Mission Endowment Fund of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterville to support a new program that will serve people who are returning to the community from incarceration in jail or prison. In this program, an LSS employee will work with people at no cost to them to help them to overcome the obstacles encountered when returning to the community, such as finding suitable and stable housing, arranging for transportation, and finding and keeping a job. Social research shows that when these needs are not met in stable and dependable ways, the likelihood of returning to criminal behavior rises and people are more likely to return to jail or prison.
The Women’s Empowerment Group will resume after taking the summer off. It has resumed on Thursday, September 6 from 1-2:30 P.M. The focus of the group will be on personal growth and self-knowledge through effective boundary-setting based on the book, “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
Participants may call the B.G. Office 419-352-0702 to schedule an assessment prior to attending group. Most insurances including Medicaid can be assessed for group treatment.