13 September 2019| Spirit of LSI
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 to enjoy summer, relax, and just be kids. “The kids at Beloit have often faced abuse or neglect, or grapple with difficult physical or mental...

13 September 2019| Spirit of LSI
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 thought I wanted to work with patients in a hospital setting or with the elderly population but in reality, I found that child welfare and...

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13 September 2019| Spirit of LSI
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, Wally and Shirley. Karol’s paternal grandmother, Anna Lenius Burman, was raised at the Lutheran Children’s Home – now LSI’s Bremwood Residential Treatment Center – along...

Somewhere to Turn

When Lexi found out she was pregnant, panic washed over her. In nine months, she’d need to stabilize her life enough to care for a baby. In nine months, she’d need to find a stable place to live and a consistent income. In nine months, she’d be a mom. But Lexi’s panic quickly turned to...

05 June 2019| Refugee Community Services, Spirit of LSI
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 community for a while, specifically with refugee resettlement. Although I found my work very fulfilling, I wanted to be involved with work that moved beyond...

05 June 2019| Foster Care and Adoption, Spirit of LSI
Answering the Call

When her husband, Ron, told her he wanted to become a foster parent, Danette was nervous. She was worried her biological children, Nicole and Nathaniel, would not get along with the children they would bring into their home. She didn’t know how her extended family would welcome the children, knowing they would likely have to...

“Thank You, God”

Every week, when 8-year-old Chase met with LSI’s Pastor Dennis Bauer, he would ask to pray for “the same old thing: to find a good, loving forever family.” Chase is in third grade. But in his young life, he has already experienced trauma most of us cannot fathom. At age 6, he witnessed his mother’s...

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Back to His Usual Self

Last year at this time, Troy didn’t recognize his son. Loki, his 16-year-old, was struggling in school. He’d once been ambitious and conscientious about schoolwork, but now, his grades were slipping. He was becoming detached and disconnected from his family and his friends. He bottled up his emotions and refused to open up. Troy felt...

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