I was lucky I had all the support I needed. Make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who have fostered or adopted before.

24 October 2018| Foster Care and Adoption
A Life-Changing Phone Call

It was a few days before the presidential election in 2012, and Kelly was tired of all the political ads and unwanted campaign phone calls. The Saturday before she cast her vote, an unknown number called her cell phone. She almost didn’t answer, but something told her to pick up the phone. The voice on...

12 September 2018| Mental Health Services, Spirit of LSI
Something that Works

When Andrea first arrived at the Polk County Juvenile Detention Center, she was skeptical. The 16-year-old had struggled to manage her anger in a healthy way, and she was sent to the detention center after acting out at home. She learned she would begin seeing Megan, an LSI therapist who provides services in the detention...

12 September 2018| Spirit of LSI, Volunteer
Spreading LSI’s Mission of Hope and Healing

More than 1,100 members of Team LSI are making an impact for Iowa children and families. But did you know LSI also has an amazing group of volunteers across the state? Volunteering with LSI is a perfect opportunity to give back to your community! But don’t take our word for it. Here’s why our volunteers...

12 September 2018| Spirit of LSI, Volunteer
Staff Spotlight: Mariah Himes

LSI is thrilled to welcome Mariah Himes as our new Statewide Volunteer Coordinator! What inspired you to work for LSI? I love getting to be a part of an organization that’s consistently growing to meet the needs of the community. I also really appreciate LSI’s emphasis on social justice, encapsulated in the core values of...

05 June 2018| Spirit of LSI, Volunteer
LSI Supporters Receive Outstanding Volunteer Award

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.” – Jeremiah 29:11   Congratulations to Janola and Dave Fordyce for receiving the Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Award! Over the past 10...

04 June 2018| Spirit of LSI, Volunteer
Books for Beloit

Barb and Harry Budd love to fill their home with Christmas decorations and invite their neighbors to tour the rooms filled with Santas of every shape and size. The hobby earned the Budds recognition in the community, but it also marked the beginning of another passion for the couple. When the Budds opened their home...

04 June 2018| Services for Children and Youth
A Loving Bond for Landon

Seven years ago, Ashley was eager to welcome her first child, Landon. But a difficult pregnancy and several medical emergencies left her feeling worried and overwhelmed. “The first nine months of Landon’s life were a blur of sleepless nights, sweet baby giggles, and soaking up the joys of motherhood,” Ashley says. “But at nine months,...

You can be a role model when you don’t even realize it. You can change the cycle.

14 May 2018| Foster Care and Adoption
Changing the Cycle

Sandra and Jerry Dollen became foster parents 28 years ago, because they knew it was the right thing to do. A child they knew needed help and a temporary place to call home, so the Dollens decided to become licensed foster parents to take her in. But the Dollens never anticipated the impact foster care...

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