Students, teachers, staff and parents will now be greeted by a colorful mural when they enter the lobby of Add B. Anderson School in Southwest Philadelphia. The mural project is an example of how our BOOST after-school program is keeping kids engaged in science through the creativity of art.
~Lisa Barnelli, Family Reunification Case Manager, Lutheran Children and Family Service
My job can be tough. As Family Reunification Case Manager for Lutheran Children and Family Service, I come into the picture after children have been taken away from their family. Children are placed outside their homes for a number of reasons – drug-addicted parents, financial hardships, child abuse and neglect. If the problems aren’t resolved or improved, the children can’t return home. Fortunately, there are case managers like me who work diligently to help these children and their parents get the services they need and deserve to become a healthy family unit again.
When a disaster strikes, it can be devastating for residents, business owners and the very landscape of our community. Liberty’s Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern PA provides disaster preparedness and response in 19 counties of Eastern Pennsylvania. Our program works with congregations, government agencies and community organizations to help prepare for and respond to natural or human caused disasters. A new partnership between LDR-EPA and the Chester County Department of Emergency Services will provide training for additional disaster case managers to help disaster victims in our region get much needed assistance.
~Rich Gitlen, Executive Director, Lutheran Children and Family Service
Carlos is the local General Manager of a national restaurant chain. When he was 19 years old, he attended community college and graduated with his Associate’s Degree in Education. In high school, he was the Vice President of the National Honor Society; he joined the Anti-Defamation League which allowed him to work on issues such as discrimination and bullying within the school.
Does Carlos sound like someone you may know, your son, grandson or even your neighbor’s child?
Let me share with you from the beginning Carlos’ story, a true journey of perseverance.
When you volunteer, you are making a difference in the lives of others. One of the great things about volunteering is that there are so many ways to do it, in whatever capacity you are able to give of your time and talents.
National Volunteer Week started back in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Over the years it has grown to span the entire month of April.
Liberty Lutheran depends on the generosity and dedication of volunteers who “Say Yes to Service.” They are crucial in our efforts to provide vital resources for individuals and families facing life-changing situations in Pennsylvania. So far this fiscal year, more than 400 individuals have volunteered throughout the Liberty Family of Services.