Stories of Empowerment

Stories of Empowerment

How LSI is making a difference
30 January 2018| Services for Adults, Services for Children and Youth
A Home Full of Love

Brittany wanted to create a warm, happy home for her new family. She and her boyfriend, Dustin, were ready to welcome their first child. But shortly after her son, Easton, was born, he began experiencing health issues. When Brittany and Dustin took him to the hospital, they learned Easton had severe asthma. He would need...

A New Kind of Family

All her life, Kristie has known she wants to help kids. That’s why she decided six years ago to become a respite caregiver for LSI’s Services for People with Disabilities. Throughout the week, Kristie cares for children in her area on a part-time basis, giving their families a break for a few hours that day....

19 December 2017| Mental Health Services, Services for Children and Youth
Taking Baby Steps

When his little sister was born, things started to change for Jaimee. His mom, Jaymee, noticed he began to act out more, and she was afraid he felt neglected while everyone focused on the new baby. He struggled to stay focused in school, he never wanted to get out of bed in the morning, and...

19 December 2017| Mental Health Services, Services for Children and Youth
Seeds of Hope

On a warm, sunny day in July, 10 young kids run up the hill at the Beloit Residential Treatment Center in Ames, eager to reach a large garden plot nearby. The plot is the Beloit Learning Garden, a space where each of the kids learn skills like planting and harvesting healthy foods throughout the growing...

“I Feel Free”

Michelle felt like she had finally overcome her biggest challenge. She had found the support she needed to get back on her feet after years of suffering from domestic abuse and drug use. That’s when she learned she had severe osteoarthritis. The degenerative joint disease was causing intense pain in her back, and she could...

19 December 2017| Refugee Community Services
A Heart for Helping Others

Chandra doesn’t remember much of her life in Bhutan. When she was young, the country was thrown into turmoil from what was described as a systematic “ethnic cleansing,” and Chandra’s family fled to Nepal. “We spent almost 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal,” Chandra says. “There was no electricity, there was a struggle...

19 December 2017| Services for Adults, Services for Children and Youth
Building Stronger Families

At home, Mark was a happy little boy. But he struggled to cope with social anxiety the moment he stepped outside. Sarah, a first-time mom, was unsure how to handle her son’s shyness. Then Mark began acting out at home too. “When he wasn’t behaving well, I didn’t know how to make him behave without...

A New Harmony

Zach has always had a love of the outdoors. In his free time, he can usually be found in his back yard, mowing the lawn or making sure his snow blower is working properly before the first snow. But when Zach began working with his hourly support staff, Shane, he found a new love: music....