Changing Lives Today

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

LSS Center for New Americans
Silke Hansen, ESL Instructor

You asked? We answered! Oftentimes as soon as they arrive in Sioux Falls our clients and students ask when they can apply for citizenship because they want to bring their whole family. Following are more answers to some of their frequently asked questions about the long road to citizenship. My name is misspelled – can […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Lindy Obach, ESL Instructor

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – MLK, Jr. Are you kind, compassionate, and welcoming? Do you love to laugh and make new friends? Are you interested in meeting people from all over the world? Do you love to spread joy and knowledge? Are you looking for a […]

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 Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Me?  I don’t know, but I’ll let you know when I do finally grow up….. (imagine a rim shot here).  But seriously, it’s a big question that our kids are thinking about early on in their lives.  As most of us adults know, that will […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Heather Glidewell, ESL InstructorHeather Glidewell, ESL Instructor

This past month we have been talking about health care with our students. In my upper-level English class, we discussed some home remedies that my students use. I learned so much from them!   Home Burn Remedies From cooking mishaps to fun in the summer sun, we all have burns sometimes.  Here are a […]

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.

LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle Madsen, Director

Read about a Citi employee who had a great mentor and is honoring her by mentoring the next generation.

LSS Center for New Americans
Silke Hansen, ESL Instructor and Janice Godtland, Immigration Lawyer

Welcome to Part I of Citizenship 101! Oftentimes as soon as they arrive in Sioux Falls our clients and students ask when they can apply for citizenship because they want to bring their whole family. Following are the answers to some of their frequently asked questions about the long road to citizenship.        […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Lindy Obach, ESL Instructor

“… you are having a direct impact on the lives of people, not just by helping them learn English or citizenship, but also by being a welcoming presence in our community …” – Dawn Sackett, CNA classroom volunteer This week, we thought we’d highlight one of the best parts of the Center for New Americans: our […]

LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle Madsen, Director

Recap of the LSS Mentor Appreciation Breakfast, held April 12, 2019, in Sioux Falls, SD.

Read more in this recent Argus Leader article.

LSS Center for New Americans
Laura Smith-Hill, ESL Program Coordinator

180 Adult English Learners Share Input to Programming during Survey Day 2019 In one day, our Center for New Americans team of hard-working teachers, caseworkers and interpreters joined together to survey 180 of our adult English language students in one amazing day! In addition to facilitating staff support for students to complete the annual online […]

LSS Foster Care Services
Jill Jensen, Licensing and Intake Social Worker

A Life Book is a collection of information, stories, photos, and memories kept together to tell a child’s life story for children living in foster care or residential placements. 

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

So, what is the right age to start teaching our kids about money?  Do we really even need to do that?  I mean, surely there is a class they will take at some point in time.  But if not, I guess we all deal with money so they’ll just figure it out.  Right? Unfortunately, money […]

LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle Madsen, Director

Read about the 2018-19 Outstanding Rookie Mentor nominees!

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

“Hey, did you hear…..” “Did you know that….” “Somebody once told me…..” (insert the rest of the “All Star” lyrics by Smash Mouth here) Yeah, aren’t we all experts?  Or, at least, we know an expert who is willing to impart their knowledge without even being asked.  But is that information really good information? April […]

LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle Madsen, Director

Read about the 2018-19 Outstanding Mentor nominees!

LSS Center for New Americans
Tim Jurgens, Director

In spite of blizzards and flooding this past month, 48 adult English language learners from the Center for New Americans along with three English instructors and a volunteer, were able to visit the state capital on Tuesday, March 12. Leaving Sioux Falls in the early morning hours, students representing 20 different countries headed towards […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Tim Jurgens, Director

In early March, some of our students got the very cool chance to tour City Hall, meet Mayor Paul TenHaken, and learn more about their rights as people living and working in Sioux Falls. A big THANK YOU! to Assistant City Attorney Katie Dunn and Human Relations Specialist Valerie Schonewill of the Sioux Falls Human […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

If you find yourself unemployed or less than fully employed, it can be a very trying time. Here are 5 "C's" to help you through those challenges.

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

Life is good.  You have your plans, your schedule, your routine.  You know what is coming and are ready for it.  You have a six-month plan, a one-year plan, and a 5-year plan all laid out.  It may not always be easy going, but at least you know where you are going. And then…. life […]

LSS Center for New Americans
Lindy Obach, ESL Teacher, Center for New Americans

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” – Rita Dove My Oral 4 class recently dedicated nearly a month of their lives to one of my first loves: poetry. As their teacher, I may have had a hand in forcing their dedication, but nevertheless, they welcomed this challenge and tapped into their […]

LSS Center for Financial Resources
Breck Miller, Community Relations Coordinator

So-and-So and So-and-So, Sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, Then comes marriage, Then comes the baby in a baby carriage. Remember the days when that was the insult of all insults on the playground.  Even if you really did like the other person they paired you with, you certainly weren’t going to admit […]

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