15 January 2021| Refugee and Immigrant Services
Helping Sama Care for Her Community

Sama has always had a love of caring for children, and she was committed to building a career as a child care provider. 

Despite all obstacles, spanning more than a decade and three different countries, Sama can now proudly say she has achieved her goal. Sama grew up in Eritrea and lived there until she...

15 January 2021| Refugee and Immigrant Services
Finding Paradise

Perseverance is a familiar quality to Mon, who after spending decades living as a refugee from an early age was finally able to place roots in Iowa and succeed in building a life for his family. Born in Bhutan in 1980, Mon and his family fled his home country amid the outbreak of civil war,...

10 December 2020| Refugee and Immigrant Services
A New Life for Scolastica

The day starts with heading to her family’s farmland. It’s warm and sunny outside, and she is surrounded by her parents, husband, and siblings as they work hard to harvest vegetables from their plot. Then, it’s home to share a traditional family dinner with her five children. It’s a normal day for Scolastica, but it’s...

I am not going to let my past get in the way of my success."

19 November 2020| Services for Children and Youth
A Letter from Monica

The celebration of the holidays and traditions we hold dear will look different for many of us this year. The past few months have been challenging. But they’ve taught us about resilience, about adapting, and about the necessity of looking for the good. The children we are honored to serve at our Bremwood and Beloit...

12 November 2020| Foster Care and Adoption
A Positive Connection Can Make a Difference

For years, Cheryl and Dave had wanted to foster or adopt. It was a big step they wanted to be prepared to make, and they were waiting for the right time. But when three family members required temporary foster care, they decided to start the process and become licensed. After the child returned home, Cheryl...

21 October 2020| Services for Adults, Services for Children and Youth
Empowering Iowa Families

Five years ago, Gaylene’s life looked very different. She was overwhelmed and raising three young boys, Ethan, Cristian, and Alex. Finances were strained, so she and her partner, José, worked hard to make ends meet. Suddenly, well into her second trimester, Gaylene learned she was pregnant with her daughter, Julieanna. Left with less time to...

16 September 2020| 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. The land will be used as part of LSI’s Global Greens program, which is offered through LSI’s Refugee and Immigrant Services and provides farming land...

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."

16 September 2020| Spirit of LSI
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 when I was 36 weeks pregnant as a single mom,” Abby says. “It’s not easy, but anybody can do it and it’s always the right...

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