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Life Stories Take Shape at LSS

#WeAre100yearsStrong

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 Grant

Grant Turner, Assistant Teacher with Childcare & Education Services celebrates his 2nd anniversary of employment with LSS today. We celebrate him every day.  Grant ensures the safety and well-being of the one and two-year-olds he supervises by responding to their emotional, social, physical and educational needs. Grant says, “LSS has awakened my passion to work with kids.” #IamLSS #IamClarity

I am Irene

Happy LSS Anniversary to Irene Vallejos, Floater and Teacher at Southern Hills Childcare & Education. We’re so excited to recognize you on your first anniversary of service.

From Irene: Because of LSS, I have more opportunities to grow as a person and in work roles. My favorite time is first thing in the morning; the kiddos are excited to see me and talk to me on our walks to their classroom. #IamLSS #IamFamily

I am Mary

Happy LSS Anniversary to Mary Johnson, Director of Behavioral Health Services. Thank you for 17 years of service. Please take a moment to share in one of her favorite memories from LSS.

I provided services to an elderly man, a WWII veteran, who was experiencing flashbacks from his time at war. I provided therapy; he made progress and the nightmares stopped. Periodically, I would check in with him to see how he was doing. A couple years after services ended, I walked into the nursing home and his daughter met me at the door to tell me her dad was dying and asked me to come to his room. I thanked the man for allowing me to join him on his journey a few years prior. He looked at me and said, "Thank you for helping me find peace.” That is why I do what I do - such an honor.  #IamLSS #IamTransformation

I am RiAnna

Happy LSS Anniversary to RiAnna Kalovsky, Here4Youth Program Supervisor in Sioux Falls. Today we celebrate her first year with LSS. Please take a moment to share in one of her favorite memories from LSS.

The day one of my students remembered my name is a favorite memory. This student often calls everyone "teacher" so the day I got called by name was a red letter day. I knew I had made an impact on their life. #IamLSS #IamStability

I am Sara

Happy 1-year LSS anniversary to Sara Damjanovic, Development Associate in Sioux Falls. Sara works with the Development & Foundation team to make sure they have all of the information and tools they need to reach out to donors and raise funds for LSS.

Sara has a very special history with LSS of SD. In her words: LSS changed my future way before I even started working here. My parents and I fled Bosnia and permanently resettled in South Dakota in 1997. LSS was the agency that assisted us. Now, I finally have the opportunity to give back to our community and have a career that I'm extremely proud of. My favorite memory at LSS was before I started working here. I had the privilege of speaking at the 2019 Taste of Cultures event and it felt amazing to be able to share my story with folks who care so deeply about the immigrant and refugee communities in South Dakota.  #IamLSS #IamOpportunity

I am Kaley

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

Please join us in congratulating Kaley Macklem, After-School Teacher at Southern Hills Childcare & Education Services, on her 2nd anniversary with LSS. We are so proud to have you on the team.

"I changed my major after starting at LSS. I am now going to be an elementary teacher when I graduate in May 2021. I am most proud of the close relationships I have built with my kiddos and the classroom management skills I have learned."  #IamLSS #IamLearning