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Finding the Road to Recovery

Finding the Road to Recovery

Klamath Falls, OR – It took Amber Avitable 20 years to find the road to recovery. It wasn’t easy to find, but now she believes in herself.“I’ve learned that I have a purpose in life,” Amber said with a smile. “Nothing can hold me back in life if I don’t let it.”The...

Gethsemane Welcomes LCS Immigration

Gethsemane Welcomes LCS Immigration

Earlier this year, LCS Northwest was invited to house our Seattle Immigration Counseling services at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. We graciously accepted the offer.This urban congregation actively embraces people of many gender identities and expressions, sexual...

Candidate Visits: Message of Hope

Candidate Visits: Message of Hope

By Erin Williams, District Director(Editor’s note: Erin Williams leads our work in Spokane. Prior to that, she was our Director of Victim Advocacy in Spokane.) We don’t endorse candidates up for election, but they can learn about us and we can learn from them. With...

Rapping for Mental Health

Rapping for Mental Health

Three balloons float in Travis Civic Rybarski’s office. They’re a gift from a coworker celebrating his passion: rap music.   “When I come to work, being a rapper is still my first identity,” he said. “I’m also a youth partner when I’m rapping.”   As a Youth Peer...

8 Lakes Bike Ride Moves to June

8 Lakes Bike Ride Moves to June

Enough of the smoke already! Our 8 Lakes Leg Aches annual fundraising bicycle ride in Spokane will take place in June instead of August starting in 2019. Next year’s ride will be June 22, and will take place the Saturday after Father’s Day in upcoming...

Coping with Panic Attacks

Coping with Panic Attacks

Right as the interview started in our Prineville office, Christopher Koontz made it clear he had a rough night. “I had a really bad panic attack last night,” he said. “It’s always tough for me to think clearly the next day.” But for the next hour, Koontz talked about...

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