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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,...

Arlington teens put service skills into action for Family Centers

The Arlington High School Interact Club has discovered the power of community service. In January, the club partnered with our Family Support staff as volunteers for the Point in Time homeless count. Club members met a young woman with a child living in her car and were moved to take action. They collected and delivered much needed baby items to the homeless woman. But they wanted to do more....

Protection Orders improve for Sexual Assault Victims

Advocacy teamwork helped lead to improved protection orders for sexual assault victims in Washington State. With a stroke of Governor Jay Inslee’s pen Friday, May 5, a new law changed protection orders for sexual assault victims. Before that, victims of sexual assault could only get two-year protection orders from their perpetrators. The new law abolishes the two-year limit. A judge can now...

Adoption Day: A Reason to Celebrate for Former Foster Child

We all celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and other significant milestones. For Kayla Balassone of Tukwila, an annual celebration is her Adoption Day. That day transformed her life. Balassone was just four years old when she entered the state foster care system with her little brother. They bounced around between their birth mother and foster homes several times. It wasn’t a great...

Give Local: Online Giving Days in May

Help us make stronger, more vibrant communities for us all. Lutheran Community Services Northwest is a pathway back to life for parentless and neglected children, victims of violence and torture, refugees, the mentally ill and addicted and forgotten and voiceless people facing hard times. Your donations will change their lives. You can help people in our communities by giving to one...

One Family’s Climb Out of Homelessness

In the fall of 2015, Candy Braget was pregnant with her fourth child, suffering from gestational diabetes, and her family was homeless. Unsure of where to turn for assistance, she called 211 in Snohomish County and was referred to LCS Northwest’s Family Support program. That phone call changed her life. Braget was connected with LCS Northwest Housing Navigator Lori Morgan. “Lori is an amazing...

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