Imagine having to beg your children to leave a learning center when it time to go. Sandra knows that feeling because her two small children Ky-Mani just 4 years-old and Naria 5 years-old have some much fun exploring and learning at the Children’s Board Family Resource Center they ask to stay even after the program ends.
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Delmar Gusdal was the one who led the effort to form LSF. He was involved from the beginning when we were a handful of missions across the state – most of which he had a hand in starting. Delmar wore multiple hats in those days – the mid ‘70s – he was an educator of clergy and congregations and he led the effort between the then three Lutheran bodies to address social needs in the communities.
Months after the great Afghan evacuation, many refugees are still trying to find their way in the United States.
“Currie House is the only place I felt loved and safe.” Those are the words of Shiann, a former client who received a standing ovation after she shared her story during LSF’s 40th anniversary celebration in Pensacola.
“We try to foster creative spirit at the Department and that’s why we love working with LSF Health Systems. They are always willing to help Floridians with life challenges using innovative approaches that make lasting impacts in the behavior health field,” Secretary Harris said.
More than one-third of high school students say they’re struggling with mental health, and almost half of them are saying they feel “persistently sad or hopeless”.
She stood by as her older brother became addicted to drugs as a tenth grader. A few months later, he dropped out of school.
They were struggling before, but the pandemic made it worse.
A few decades ago, Lutheran Services Florida had the idea to launch an initiative that recognized those who are actively working to make their communities a better place.
As Afghan and Haitian refugees are forced to leave the volatile and unsafe conditions of their home countries and make their way to the United States, LSF is working hard to arrange housing assistance, provide food, secure medical support, offer translation services, and equip them with pathways to employment and self-sufficiency.