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LSI earns crisis child care grants

Boone, Iowa—Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) received $2,000 from the Boone County Endowment and $3,000 from the Leonard A. Good Trust to provide crisis child care services in Boone County. (more…)

Caswell joins Philanthropy team

Waverly, Iowa—Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) has appointed Chris Caswell to the position of director of philanthropy. Caswell will partner with LSI donors in northern Iowa, helping individuals, corporations and churches match their passion for philanthropy with LSI’s wide array of vital human services for children, families and adults. (more…)

Ames parent group starts Sept. 14

Ames, Iowa—LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) will host a bi-monthly parent support group starting Monday, September 14 from 6-8 p.m. at LSI’s People Place, located at 219 6th Street in Ames. (more…)

LSI awarded 3M grant

Ames, Iowa—Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) recently received $2,500 from 3M in Ames to provide education and support programs for parents and children at LSI’s People Place family resource center.

LSI’s People Place provides free or low cost programs to all Story County parents, grandparents or guardians regardless of situation or income. Programs include parent education, support groups, home visitation, crisis child care, drop-in days and a resource library.

From 2014 to 2015, People Place saw a dramatic 135% increase in parent participation. Many parents using People Places resources are from Ames’ growing international population. The 3M grant will help provide needed support for a growing program.

“We’re grateful to 3M for supporting access to high-quality parenting resources for all Story County parents,” said Lisa Heddens, LSI service coordinator. “Investing in young children and their families is critical for healthy child development, school readiness and lifelong success.”

Investments in parent support and education can also help prevent child abuse. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), for every $50 spent to treat child abuse, only $1 is spent on child abuse prevention.

For more information about People Place, contact LSI at 515.233.1677 or

LSI awarded grant to improve soil quality

 Des Moines, Iowa—LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) recently received a $2,500 grant from the Metro Waste Authority to improve soil quality for Global Greens refugee farmers.

LSI’s Global Greens program provides land access and education for people of refugee status who are interested in community gardening or market farming.

The Metro Waste Authority grant will fund the purchase of compost to enhance soil at the Global Greens Farm and at community garden plots throughout Des Moines.

“Many former refugees who have agricultural backgrounds have a strong desire to reconnect with the land,” said Nick Wuertz, LSI director of refugee community services. “Growing food also has tremendous benefits in areas of nutrition, health and wellness, mental health and socialization, and it also provides opportunities for small business income.”

LSI partners with the City of Des Moines, volunteers, private landowners and refugee community members to establish local community gardens for people of refugee status.

LSI also supports refugee growers who would like to develop small market farming business on larger plots of land. Through a multi-year training program, growers learn to adapt their farming skills to the Iowa climate and environment and to build skills in business development and marketing.

In 2015, LSI partnered with 162 community gardeners and 34 beginning and market farmers through Global Greens programs.

For more information on Global Greens and where to purchase Global Greens certified naturally grown produce, visit or call 515.271.7443.

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