The work I do is helping people. It also helps me to learn every day."

16 June 2020| Refugee Community Services
World Refugee Day: Meet Fekadu

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Fekadu Tekle. I am an Employment Navigator at LSI and have been since November 2019. 2. What keeps you passionate about the work you do at LSI? The work I do is...

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28 May 2020| Spirit of LSI
Hope in Times of Crisis

Life looks drastically different for all of us in the time of COVID-19. But through all this, a few things have remained constant at LSI: kindness, compassion, and the drive to help the clients we serve, no matter what. While everything else seems to have come to a complete stop, LSI’s programming has not. Across...

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28 May 2020| Spirit of LSI
Thank You for Supporting LSI Staff During COVID-19!

We are so grateful to our community partners who have generously provided our frontline staff with face masks during this difficult time. As of our latest count, communities across Iowa have donated more than 2,496 masks or face shields to LSI. Thank you to... Susan Bauer Carol Bowers Arleen Burkhardt Jane Campbell Cindy Carlson Trisha...

20 May 2020| Refugee Community Services
“LSI makes me feel like I’m home”

When Kiza and her family came to the U.S. from a Tanzanian refugee camp, she knew what she wanted in her future: she wanted to become a U.S. citizen. After being born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kiza and her family were forced to flee their home country after war broke out, and...

If you have a loving home, you can foster. You know it will be hard when the kids go home. But the reward is being able to help their families.

05 May 2020| Foster Care and Adoption
Taking the First Step into Fostering

Jacob and Kaitlin both knew they wanted to become foster and adoptive parents before they even met. But after they got married, their lives became busy and the couple felt like they never had time to get started. When a family member was in need of foster care for their children, Jacob and Kaitlin decided...

Foster parenting opens the window for you to maintain that relationship and watch them grow.

05 May 2020| Foster Care and Adoption
Fostering Relationships

Iowa mom Tina has been a foster and adoptive parent since 2008 and in that time, her family has adopted two children and fostered 47. Over the years, Tina has supported every child in her care, but she has also prioritized building positive relationships with a child’s birth family. She remembers one phone call from...

Compassion in Crisis: LSI on the Frontlines

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside-down. But nothing will stand in the way of our mission of hope and healing. As part of our Compassion in Crisis Campaign, we’re sharing five stories from our workers on the frontlines, who continue to make a difference in the lives of Iowa children and families. Our goal is...

20 April 2020| Services for People with Disabilities
Creating Her Community

Paulynn had a dream of what she wanted in life: Lots of friends, a job she loved, a healthy lifestyle, and a sense of community. But it was difficult for Paulynn to leave the apartment she shared with her dad, Lee. Though Lee had dedicated his life to serving as his daughter’s primary caregiver, they...

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