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Life Stories Take Shape at LSS

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 Hai

Today we celebrate Hai Ku on her first anniversary with LSS! As a Residential Counselor with New Beginnings Center in Aberdeen, Hai supports and cares for the youth in care. “Thinking back to when I first started and how much I have grown, I realize this is the job for me. I like to hear the youth ideas, the choices they make, and be there to support them.” #IamLSS #IamFriendly

 

I am Laura

Please join us in celebrating Laura Smith-Hill on 21 years with LSS! As the Education Program Coordinator, Laura supports the program and ESL instructors in delivering English language, literacy, citizenship and workforce training classes to more than 600 adult learners from around the world each year. “One of my AHA moments happened when I was shopping at one of my favorite clothing stores and I came across a former student from Ethiopia. We radiated joy in seeing each other again and she gave me the most moving feedback, as I had been her English teacher years ago. She told me she still thinks of me every day! Before attending my class, she was feeling confused and overwhelmed with the English language, but my presence and way of teaching were transformative, calming and unlocked the language to her like never before. For her, my teaching opened doors to her new life, in her new community. What a treasure it is to be used in this way at LSS!” #IamLSS #IamCommunity

I am Kristin

Please join us in celebrating Kristin Anderson on her sixth 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. “We are strong advocates for kinship families. During an uncertain time, a child's extended family will be able to provide comfort and security in an ever-changing world. It humbles me to see these outstanding members of our community doing whatever they need to do for vulnerable children.” #IamLSS #IamFamily

 

I am Crystal

Please join us in welcoming Crystal Treviño to LSS. As the Adoption & Foster Care Program Manager, Crystal oversees both programs statewide. She is excited about being in a position to help others. “This is a new direction for me, but I really think I am going to enjoy this role!” #IamLSS #IamOpportunity

I am Sara

Please join us in cheering for Sara Ramirez on her tenth anniversary with LSS! As the Program Director for the LSS Center for Financial Resources, Sara provides leadership to a team that supports individuals and families in our community to achieve financial success. “CFR empowers people to change their lifestyles so that their values and beliefs are reflected in their money choices and decisions. Through financial counseling and education, CFR seeks to assist individuals and families in restoring self-reliance, confidence and well-being.”   #IamLSS #IamEmpowerment

I am Kristyne

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

Today we celebrate Kristyne Duffy on her eighth anniversary with LSS! As the LSS Disaster Response Supervisor, Kristyne coordinates LSS services and resources to serve those in South Dakota who have been impacted by a disaster. “This last year I've been working with community members in White Swan near Lake Andes. LSS was able to secure a grant from Lutheran Disaster Response to provide funds to cover the cost of a case manager to help individuals work through the recovery process, purchase materials to repair the damaged basements and foundations from the flood and train community members in Mental Health First Aid to respond to emotional and spiritual needs. About halfway through the project, I spoke with one of the community leaders on the progress and it was heartwarming and reaffirming to hear of the positive changes in the community due to the resources LSS provided. She said that you could see the hope come back to the community and people could see the light at the end of the disaster. She was thankful for the connections and resources we were able to bring to the community.” #IamLSS #IamCommunity