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LSS Center for New Americans
Lindy Obach, ESL Instructor

If you are like nearly every other human being on this planet, you probably use Google and YouTube about 50 times a day. BUT, did you know that there’s so much more to these two miraculous sites than just typing in some words and hoping you find what you need? The LSS Center for New […]

LSS Administration

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

Goals get discussed a lot. Yes, you should have them. How to go about setting goals. But one important piece that often gets missed is why setting goals even matters. Here are three reasons you should be more intentional about setting your goals.

KELO TV, Sioux Falls

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

As the snow flies and the ice builds up, most people aren’t really thinking about buying a new home. In fact, this may be the perfect time to start the process. When done better, a home purchase is a process that does take some time. Get started now with these thoughts so you are ready to actually move when the nicer weather comes back.

KSFY TV, Sioux Falls

LSS Center for New Americans
Lindy Obach, ESL Instructor

Do you speak English as another language? Are you looking for a job with good pay in a clean, comfortable environment? If the answer to both of these questions is YES, Raven Industries and the LSS Center for New Americans have an exciting, new opportunity for you! Raven Industries, a leader in manufacturing films and […]

LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle Madsen, Director

As you likely know, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire ended their affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters America and transitioned to LSS Mentoring Services. Now that the transition is complete, we are excited to announce the program will now be known as LSS Climb. Climb represents the journey mentors and children take to […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

Many people traveled over the holidays.  Some went to new places for the first time.  This probably requires directions and maybe even a map.  Whether you are still rocking the old school paper maps (highly underrated) or depending on the wonder that is Google Maps, there is one important piece that HAS to be known […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

Here in the United States, we typically follow the Gregorian calendar.  December 31 marks the end of the old year, and January 1 is the beginning of the New Year.  We here in South Dakota are some of those people.  However, it seems that around the world, there are many different celebrations for New Year’s, […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

This past month we have been discussing seasons, especially winter as the snow has come to visit us in South Dakota.  Of course with this topic comes winter safety and winter driving and all the reasons we don’t like winter.  However, I asked my students to tell me three things they like about winter […]

LSS Foster Care Services
Chelsie Ogaard, Manager

Thanks to a generous donation from Howalt McDowell Insurance and Sanford Health, children in LSS Sioux Falls area Treatment Foster Care homes had an especially Merry Christmas!

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

Christmas is a busy time of year for most of us. But what time of year isn’t busy in its own way? This is a simple greeting with a simple point to set your priorities and not get lost in the other stuff.

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

In my class at the Center for New Americans we work on academic vocabulary.  Recently we came across the word, “inspire.”  As we discussed this word and came up with examples, one student said, “Teacher, you inspire us to learn more.”  I have to admit, I did feel all warm and fuzzy after she told […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

This isn’t charity; it’s family. – Clark Griswold I’m sorry, this is our family’s first kidnapping. – Ellen Griswold We’re gonna have the hap- hap- happiest Christmas. – Clark Griswold I don’t know what to say, but it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery. – Ellen Griswold Worse?  How could things get any worse?  Take […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

It is a unique world that I teach in. On a typical day I have students from Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Congo, Burundi, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Ukraine…and a handful of other countries. I find that even what appears to be the simplest name may actually be a tongue twister for my American English tongue. […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

Have you gotten the statements for all of your Christmas shopping yet?  Probably not, or at least not all of the shopping you will be doing.  After all, we are still 3 weeks from Christmas.  PLENTY of time to get the shopping done.  But back to those bills that will be coming…. According to research […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Lindy Obach, ESL Instructor

Dynamic speakers. Teachers and presenters from all over the world. Sudanese henna. Thought-provoking workshops. Community Engagement sessions. Multicultural artwork. Yummy tacos. I must be describing some international conference held in the bright lights of Las Vegas or something, right? Guess again! The above all came from two and half amazing, learning-packed days right here in […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

It’s a big day today!  You may not realize it, but today is a fairly significant holiday.  It isn’t observed by too many different states, cities, or even businesses.  But it SHOULD be!  I have to admit, I don’t know that I’ll specifically observe it today, but I do several other times throughout the year. […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

September 6, 2019, was a magnificent day for many reasons.  For starters, it is was a beautiful day, sunny and warm, a reminder of our quickly ending summer.  Secondly, on that day 200 people from 37 different countries became United States citizens right here in Sioux Falls. Just what does it mean to be a […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

Now that we are into November, there has been a great deal of talk about being grateful for what we have.  We’ve even been encouraging people through our own social media to be grateful.  After all, that’s what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about. So, what are you thankful for?  No, really.  Take a few […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

OOOoooOOOOooooOOoooo…..  It’s that spooktacular time of year again.  The ghouls and goblins come out, the headless horseman finds a jack-o-lantern to use as a head, and all of those little punks show up on my doorstep begging my candy off of me.  (Don’t worry; I really do buy candy for them.  But I buy […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Lindy Obach, ESL Instructor

We spent September studying Cultural Understandings at the Center for New Americans, so I worked with my pre-GED® literacy students on a project about writing their own immigration stories. After learning about Ellis Island and listening to some profoundly moving stories of other people who are immigrants and refugees (like Tan Le’s story), my students were […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

Of course the Halloween decorations are out for your perusal at the stores.  And the Thanksgiving decorations are on display.  And the Christmas trees are all set up and lit to tempt you deeper into the Holiday spirit.  But, really?!?  All three holidays at once?  Can’t we just deal with one at a time? Better […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Silke Hansen, ESL Instructor and Interpreter

Is English Pronunciation Really That Hard? Yes, it is! Just ask Ricky Ricardo. He will demonstrate to you the many pitfalls of English pronunciation here! I am a big fan of ‘I Love Lucy’ and I have watched this clip many times and I still laugh so hard every time I see it. It is funny […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

If you caught it, last week we started a two-part blog on the differences between debt settlement and debt management.  Often confused even by those in the industry, I wanted to talk about the differences.  You can find part one of this blog here. Let me be clear.  I may have a definite preference between […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

It was a joyous day for many students at the Center for New Americans as they celebrated their achievements at the end of the quarter. Over a three month period, 70 students graduated out of at least one level of English.  Students and teachers celebrated with an award ceremony, food, music, and speeches. During one […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

“Debt Settlement” & “Debt Management”.  Four words. Two phrases. One shared word between the two phrases. And SO FAR APART! Welcome to part 1 of 2 looking at debt settlement vs. debt management. As I talk with people out in the community, I find a lot of people are confused or mistaken about what each […]

LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle Madsen, Director

LSS Development & Foundation
Tonya Jackson, Assistant

You may have heard us describe the LSS mission as a ministry of presence. But what exactly does that mean? Our programs are designed to meet people where they are in life – without judgment, to provide hope and healing, and to offer a chance for them to change their future. But the truth is […]

Depression and its symptoms can be difficult to identify. With counseling from Lutheran Social Services, you can have a better life.

Lutheran Social Services is licensed in South Dakota to help you determine if adoption is right for you. We’re here with adoption services to assist in every step of this important process.

Lutheran Social Services offers pregnancy counseling for those considering choosing adoption. We support birth mothers, birth fathers, and children throughout the entire process.

LSS Adoption & Pregnancy Counseling Services
Joyce Twite, Administrative Support Specialist

The day before Mother’s Day is recognized as Birth Mother’s Day (May 11, 2019). Here are ten of the ten thousand things birth mothers want the world to know.

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