Holy Anger!

“no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark” - Warsan Shire There is a time for holy anger. That time is now. I am asking you to be angry with me, and I want you to turn your anger into action. Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted the Bible as justification to separate children from their parents at the U.S. southern border. The Trump administration just overturned asylum...

McGaughy Finishes Long Career of Kindness and Compassion

A long career of helping a whole lot of people recently came to a close for Denny McGaughy. On March 15, McGaughy retired after more than 27 years of leadership at LCS Northwest. Most of that time was spent heading up our Spokane efforts, and that job included stints of managing directors in the Tri-Cities, Central Oregon and Klamath Falls offices. “It was a rare day I didn’t look forward to...

Lori Titus earns Caregiver of the Year in Tacoma

Caregiving is in Lori Titus’ DNA. When Titus, a Tacoma resident, was in high school, her father, Robert Olsen, was a caregiver to her grandmother. Titus would help with her grandmother’s care by keeping her company while her dad ran errands, or she would sit with her grandmother as she slept. She enjoyed the experience. After graduating college, and with encouragement from her father, who was...

Port Angeles: What a difference a year makes

With 29 years of serving Olympic Peninsula communities, LCS Northwest was on the verge of shutting the doors to our Port Angeles office in autumn 2016. Thanks to an infusion of local support, the office has grown. “We asked local leaders what the impact would be if the agency closed its Port Angeles program. Would the community care?” Program Manager Lisa Lyon recalled. “The response was a...

Welcoming Their New Neighbors to Salem

Being neighborly took on a new meaning last year in Salem. People started welcoming refugees to Oregon’s capital city. Salem For Refugees, a volunteer organization launched in 2016, has become a key player in resettling refugees in the community. The group works with resettlement agencies Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Catholic Charities along with other organizations to welcome new...

Believing People and Treating Them with Respect

(Editor’s note: This story deals with sexual assault. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer crisis response advocate for us in Spokane, please contact us at 509-747-8224.) It’s not the right volunteer opportunity for everyone, but being a crisis response advocate for Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Spokane is a fit for Kelli Minister. She’s been volunteering since early 2013. “I...

Familias Unidas helps Spanish speaking families exercise their rights as tenants

A quick check in with her staff revealed to Maria del Rocio Miranda that something was amiss. The seven families who walked into Familias Unidas Latino Family Support Center in Everett on a Tuesday morning in June were all facing rent increases prior to the end of their lease agreements. Miranda, the program supervisor for Familias Unidas, and her staff had been meeting with the Spanish speaking...

Jane Paulson: Leveling playing field for foster kids

The year was 1990, and it was pivotal in Jane Paulson’s life. After spending a decade working as a social worker, she was ready for a career change. Jane applied to be a legal assistant for a small family law office in Burien. As she sat in their reception area waiting to be interviewed, she thumbed through their personnel policies and was pleasantly surprised to see that this firm offered...

Mahoney Leaves Legacy of Care

After 28 years of working in our home care program around the Tacoma area, Linda Mahoney called it a career on the last day of August. It’s the people who attracted her to caregiving. “I love the clients because each and every one of them has a story to tell,” Linda said. She held all kinds of positions in home care – from frontline caregiver to lead home care supervisor. She also worked in our...

Introducing Refugees Northwest

LCS Northwest is pleased to announce that, as of July 1, all of our refugee and asylum services managed through our North Puget Sound office are now under one banner: Refugees Northwest. The name and logo was formally launched at our Taste of the World fundraiser in Seattle. Our program may have a new name and fresh face, but our services remain the same. This includes Counseling, Foster Care,...

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