30 January 2020| Services for Children and Youth
Guiding Light

Daniel and Karina sit on the floor of their living room with their son, David. Warm sunlight shines into their home as they play on a brightly colored mat, cheering David on as he builds a tower out of plastic blocks. It’s a picture-perfect afternoon for this family of three – stress-free, peaceful, and lighthearted....

30 January 2020| Services for Children and Youth
“I Feel Like a Parent Now.”

When Harmony learned she was pregnant for the first time, she was excited, but apprehensive. “I’ve always wanted kids and I loved babysitting, but I didn’t really know anything about their development,” Harmony says. “I didn’t know where my kid would need to be when she was six months old.” Harmony’s mother, Lois, had heard...

10 December 2019| Services for Children and Youth
Achieving Her Dreams

Sharlie was always meant to become a U.S. Marine. She couldn’t wait to finish high school, begin her training, and proudly wear her uniform. But not everyone shared her vision, and some of her family members pressured her to pursue another career. Sharlie was between a rock and a hard place: chase after her dream...

10 December 2019| Services for Children and Youth
Caring for Christopher

Three years ago, even a simple trip to the grocery store was almost impossible for Cheyenne. Her 3-year-old son, Christopher, was crippled with anxiety. Whenever he was around strangers, especially other children, he became afraid and stressed. He couldn’t leave the house without wearing sunglasses and noise-cancelling headphones. All of the light, colors, and sounds...

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...

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