“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....

I’ve seen a lot of growth from day one, and that’s huge. LSI is making a difference.

19 December 2017| Services for Children and Youth
Being There for Beth

Beth describes her life last year as “overwhelming” and “frightening.” Her grandchildren, Aidan, 12, and Annabella, 8, required multiple mental health services. When Beth was juggling communication with five healthcare organizations at once, the stress became too much to handle. “I was having to tell one person this, and I was afraid I would forget...

19 December 2017| Mental Health Services, Services for Children and Youth
On the Path to a Brighter Future

Growing up is difficult for any child. But imagine being labeled the “bad kid” in school and feeling isolated, excluded, like no one believes in you. For a while, that’s how 11-year-old Scott felt. Abuse and trauma in Scott’s past made it difficult for him to control his anger. He acted out in public and...

19 December 2017| Services for Adults, Services for Children and Youth
Finding Her Community

When Fan’s first child, Rain, was born, she was determined to raise him to be gentle, patient, and independent. But as he entered his crawling, walking, and climbing phases, things began to change. Originally from China, Fan was not well connected in her Ames community. When Rain, now 2, became a very mobile and curious...

Helping Keep Kids Safe

At 8 years old, Sofia was often the only one caring for her younger siblings. She tried to be the “normal” girl at school but her only mission at home was to protect her younger brothers and sisters from near-constant neglect, hunger, and abuse. That all began to change when Mitch came into her life....

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