Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the holiday season of buying and giving. It starts with a day for giving thanks, followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday for getting deals on holiday shopping. From now on, we ask that you consider the following day #GivingTuesday! It’s a new day for giving back. On Tuesday, December 3, Liberty Lutheran and our Family of Services are joining other organizations, charities, community centers, businesses, families, students and others from across the world for this new philanthropic movement that is being called #GivingTuesday.
Lutheran Congregational Services (LCS,) a member of the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services, is proud to participate in the annual Christmas Ingathering every December by providing support to congregations with coordinating, collecting and distributing products and gifts to those in need. This year, we’re asking for your help in that effort.
As many as 100 volunteers serve as the engine behind Lutheran Congregational Services’ S.O.S. Warehouse ministry. This week LCS, a service of Liberty Lutheran, hosted a “thank you” luncheon for volunteers as a way to express appreciation for their help with the program over the last three years.
“It continues on with the help of all of you, your time, volunteering, sweat and hard work,” LCS Executive Director, The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ollikainen, said to the small group of volunteers gathered at Borderline Restaurant in Bethlehem.
We are excited to announce that on Friday, November 22, Liberty’s Lutheran Refugee Services in Central PA will be participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. On this day, every dollar you donate will be matched by a percentage of the $250,000 available from the Lancaster County Community Foundation! In other words, each donation received will increase our share of this bonus, which in turn will help support additional refugees in the Lancaster community.
By: Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Senior Living
If you live in, work at or visit any of our Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities, (Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, The Village at Penn State, and Mary J. Drexel) chances are you have heard or read about “culture change” and may be wondering what it is. In long term living, culture change is a transformational organizational shift from the institutional medical model of care to a “person centered” model that emphasizes individual choice and recognizes that each individual is unique and must be celebrated. At Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities we call our culture change journey the “Liberty Way”.
-By Samantha Wascow, Supervisor, LCFS In Home Protective Services
Who helps to protect children from sexual abuse and provides therapeutic intervention to support those victims and their caretakers? That’s the job of caseworkers in the In Home Protective Services (IHPS) program. The hardworking and dedicated staff often fly under the radar so to speak, unrecognized for the valuable support they provide to families in need.