Spirit of LSI

A Summer of Growth for LSI’s Refugee and Immigrant Services

Earlier this summer, LSI hosted a ribbon cutting for a new 12-acre urban agriculture farm in Pleasant Hill, just east of Des Moines. The land was donated by Phyllis Childers....

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You see so much negative, but people are good. People were willing to put money towards someone they don’t even know just to make a difference."

It Takes a Village

Sometimes life surprises you. Abby, a western Iowa social worker, was starting her journey to become a foster parent when she learned she was pregnant. “My first foster placement was...

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Meet Sarah Green, LSI’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Church Relations

Sarah Green joined Team LSI earlier this summer as our new Vice President of Philanthropy and Church Relations. She has a heart for this work, and is truly dedicated to...

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In Memory: Former LSI President Leonard C. Larsen

By George Hanusa LSI has had many notable executives in its long history, but none as outstanding as Leonard C. Larsen. He lived service. In the U.S. Army during the...

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Hope in Times of Crisis

Life looks drastically different for all of us in the time of COVID-19. But through all this, a few things have remained constant at LSI: kindness, compassion, and the drive...

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Thank You for Supporting LSI Staff During COVID-19!

We are so grateful to our community partners who have generously provided our frontline staff with face masks during this difficult time. As of our latest count, communities across Iowa...

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Summer of Healing

Earlier this year, with summer fast approaching, the team at LSI’s Beloit Residential Treatment Center in Ames put their heads together to create more opportunities for the children on campus...

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Staff Spotlight: Mallory Berkenpas

Mallory Berkenpas has been with LSI for nine years and is a Service Coordinator for LSI’s Early Childhood Services. What inspired you to start working at LSI? Before LSI, I...

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We are so grateful for LSI supporters like you!

Your Compassion in Action

We are so thankful for the generous support of LSI donor Karol Sturm, of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Karol gave a memorial gift to honor her parents,...

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LSI Staff Spotlight: Claudia Kyalangalilwa

Claudia Kyalangalilwa has been LSI’s Refugee Connection Center Supervisor in Des Moines for one year. What inspired you to start working at LSI? I have been working with the refugee...

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