From time to time one of our friends and partners comes up with materials that are just astonishing. Today, I wanted to share a set of videos created by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (now Samaritas).
These videos about LSSM’s Children and Family Services division are smart, lovely to watch, and communicate the power of people committed to standing for welcome!
The videos are set up by the names of the people featured. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you have ever considered fostering or adopting a kid who needs a loving home. There is a great need!
Ginelle: “Ginelle Barry discusses her experience as a transitional DCS foster parent.”
Diana: “Meet Diana! Diana is from Honduras and is a youth in our refugee program. She has endured some very challenging struggles so far, but there is NOTHING that will get in the way of this ambitious young lady achieving her goals. One of the most involved youths in our program, Diana participates in our Youth Advocacy Board and focus groups, and helps us recruit new foster families to help kids like her. She worked hard to graduate high school and is excited to start college. Keep your eyes open for Diana in the future… she’s going to achieve some great things!”
Alex: “Alex is a case manager with our transitional foster care program. His smile is one of the first things the kids in this program see when they step off the plane. Hear about his experiences and what he does to reunite these children with their families.”
Judi: “Our refugee foster care program includes youth from a variety of faith backgrounds. Find out what having children of all different faiths means to one foster parent!”
I wanted to share a little more about LSSM, too. They create communities of service. As they explain, “We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions.”
A social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), LSSM is not just for Lutherans. The church has been meeting people’s needs since the early 1900s when a Lutheran “city missionary” arrived in Detroit to provide services to the poor. From the very beginning, LSSM has reached out to individuals regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or national origin.
The organization was incorporated as the Lutheran Inner Mission League in 1934. Today, LSSM spans the state’s Lower Peninsula with more than 70 programs in 40 cities. Their diverse staff share a dedication to serving their fellow humans by “doing the right thing, for the right reasons, every day.”
We’re proud to be connected with LSSM, and very grateful for all their excellent work!