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Life Stories Take Shape at LSS


LSS Centennial Video

Being There for a Century of Service

Celebrating Who We Are

There is one characteristic that all LSS employees share—they want to make a difference in the lives of others. LSS employees are dedicated to helping the people who utilize our vital services and those who they work alongside. Thank you for making a difference.

I am Shannon

Please join us in congratulating Shannon Truax on her seventh anniversary with LSS! Shannon is Direct Support Staff at New Alternatives Independent Living in Rapid City.  “It is my job to see the best in people and teach them to see it in themselves. I am most proud to see the young people I have worked with go out into the world and do amazing things.” #IamLSS #IamLearning

I am Tayler

Today we recognize Tayler Doorn on her first anniversary with LSS. Tayler is a Resource Family Services Specialist, training prospective foster families and completing their home studies. “My future looks different at LSS due to the fact that LSS has a wide variety of services and programs. I have the ability to learn from people in all facets of child welfare. It is so cool to see the impact LSS programs have on the people of South Dakota.”  #IamLSS #IamOpportunity


I am Tom

Today we celebrate Tom Timmerman on his first anniversary with LSS. As the Program Manager for Resource Family Services, Tom oversees the staff who write home studies for prospective resource parents across the state of South Dakota. “I have given my all and trained a lot of new staff while transitioning an entire program in the middle of a pandemic.” #IamLSS #IamCommunity


I am Laura

Today Laura Smith-Hill reaches a milestone anniversary – 20 years with LSS! Laura is the Education Program Coordinator at the Center for New Americans; she coordinates and oversees English, Citizenship and Workforce Preparation classes for members of our community who came here with refugee or immigrant status. “I am inspired and incredibly proud of the multitudes of students who have moved me with their grace, warmth and dedication to building a new life in a new land. I am proud of our talented and compassionate teachers who amaze others by their camaraderie and care for one another. I’m proud of this community of people that surrounds me and the powerful mission of service to others that knits us all together, students and staff alike.” #IamLSS #IamLearning

I am Dixie

Please join us in celebrating Dixie Garrett on her 15-year anniversary with LSS. As the cook for New Beginnings Center in Aberdeen, Dixie not only plans and prepares meals for youth in care, she also teaches them cooking skills and helps them to learn simple recipes to prepare for their future. “I adore all the one-on-one time I get to share with the clients. I am so proud of how the clients and staff care for and respect me.”  #IamLSS #IamVitality

I am Kristin

Today we cheer for Kristin Anderson on her 5th anniversary with LSS. As a Kinship Home Study Specialist, Kristin strives to help children be with family when they cannot be with their primary caregiver. “I am very proud of myself for passing the social work exam. That was a huge milestone. I am also proud of myself for putting myself out there to find employment that I enjoy doing every day and finding an employer that cares about me as well.” #IamLSS #IamFamily

I am Glenda

Please join us in appreciating Glenda Halter on her 6th anniversary with LSS. As the nurse at New Alternatives, Glenda provides medical support to young adults who are learning to live independently. Her favorite memories are the times when she’s gotten a visit or phone call from a former client who has found happiness and success after their stay at New Alternatives. #IamLSS #IamIndependence

I am Staci

Photo congradulating Kaley Macklem, After-School Teacher at Southern Hills Childcare & Education Services, on her 2nd anniversary with LSS.

Today we thank Staci Jonson on her 13th anniversary of service with LSS. As the Senior Director of Children & Youth Services, Staci provides leadership to five LSS services. “There are so many incredible things that have happened since I started at LSS. The things that come to mind first are the opportunity to be involved in the development of Young Voices, accompanying a client to his college enrollment, the development of Arise Youth Center, and all of the lives that have been impacted in positive ways since.” #IamLSS #IamTransformation