Stories of Dreams Achieved

This year has brought many challenges as we all adjust to changes in our daily lives. But this year has also brought opportunities for innovation and creating positive change that will impact our community. At LSI, we have spent this year moving forward together. We developed new ways to provide quality human services to Iowans...

When you and the person in your care begin living like a family, when they are able to trust you and open up, then you know you’re getting somewhere.”

A Home Where Heidi Can Thrive

Anita has a passion for empowering individuals with disabilities, ensuring they have equal opportunities, and encouraging them to achieve their dreams and independence. She has 15 years of experience serving as a caregiver and when she became a Host Homes mentor through LSI, she welcomed Heidi into her home. Through LSI’s Host Homes program, mentors...

If adopting is in your heart, know that there are so many children out there with so many different needs, and you’re not going to be in it alone.”

29 October 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
A Heart for Adoption

Carrie has a passion for caring for kids. She has served as a special education teacher for 27 years, empowering children with significant disabilities. In 2019, a child in her classroom, Addison, required homebound instruction. Every day, Carrie would visit Addison in her community living home and the two began developing a bond. Shortly after,...

26 October 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
Making a Difference in Their Own Backyard

Cassie and Chet wanted to make a positive impact on others. In the past, the family had occasionally talked about pursuing international adoption to provide care for children in need of a forever home. But when they learned about Iowa’s foster care landscape, they had a change of heart. “After hearing that kids in our...

All of the sadness you experience when they leave is more than made up for by the ones who stay and the ones who go home and thrive because of your influence.”

25 October 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
This Family Defines Welcoming

Chris and Alan had always dreamed of starting a family, and they wanted to provide a safe home environment for children who needed it. The couple married in 2009 and while living outside of Iowa, they planned to become licensed foster and adoptive parents. But before same-sex marriage had become legal federally, they were told...

29 September 2021| Foster Care and Adoption
“God does not call the equipped — He equips the called.”

Dawn and her husband, Kris, had never talked about becoming foster parents. But one day at church ended up changing their lives. A speaker presented to their congregation about the need for foster parents. In the past, foster care had tugged at Dawn’s heartstrings, but she never brought it up to her husband or their...

10 September 2021| Refugee and Immigrant Services, Spirit of LSI
Global Greens Celebrates 10 Years

LSI’s Global Greens agriculture program is celebrating 10 years of empowering former refugee and immigrant farmers in central Iowa. The program, provided through LSI Refugee and Immigrant Services, reconnects farmers with the land as they build a new life in the U.S. Through Global Greens, farmers access space to grow food, learn more about U.S....

Donating is my way to make a difference in the lives of children and families. LSI is all about helping people and making the world a better place.”

10 September 2021| Spirit of LSI
LSI Donor Spotlight: Larry Gittins

Larry Gittins has been a steadfast donor to LSI since 2005. After hearing a presentation about LSI at his church, he wanted to give back and support the organization in some way. But due to health reasons, he was unable to volunteer as he would like. So, he chose to donate instead. Over the years,...

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