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Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is a non-profit organization, transforming lives by ensuring safe children, strong families and vibrant communities. Founded in 1982, LSF currently touches the lives of 1 in 50 Floridians every year through various programs, including early education, youth shelters, foster care, refugee and resettlement services, substance abuse mental health services, and adult guardianship. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, LSF has more than 60 programs throughout Florida and approximately 1,200 dedicated employees.

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On behalf of LSF, our prayers and hopes for a safe week are with you and all who are in the path of Hurricane Ian, especially the most vulnerable. Our team is mobilizing and doing all we can to attend to the needs of those we serve, as well as our employees, to protect them as the storm approaches and to be a resource for them in the aftermath.

To that end, we have created a Hurricane Ian Relief Fund and all donations received through our website during this time will be directed to this effort. Your support will be an immediate source of God's healing, hope and help to those affected.

To help make a difference, make your gift today at www.lsfnet.org/donate/
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On behalf of LSF, our prayers and hopes for a safe week are with you and all who are in the path of Hurricane Ian, especially the most vulnerable. Our team is mobilizing and doing all we can to attend to the needs of those we serve, as well as our employees, to protect them as the storm approaches and to be a resource for them in the aftermath.

To that end, we have created a Hurricane Ian Relief Fund and all donations received through our website during this time will be directed to this effort. Your support will be an immediate source of Gods healing, hope and help to those affected.

To help make a difference, make your gift today at https://www.lsfnet.org/donate/

The National Weather Center forecast Hurricane Ian will make landfall on the west coast of Florida around 8pm tomorrow (Wednesday – September 28, 2022) as a Category 3. It will quickly diminish to a Category 1 as its path is now projected towards Lakeland. Storm Surge in Tampa is still in place but appears to have dropped to 5-8’ – still very damaging.

Please continue to check our Hurricane Ian page ( bit.ly/lsfhurricane ), or call our employee hotline ( 1-855-360-3445) for a full list of closures throughout the day.

Stay safe and alert.
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The National Weather Center forecast Hurricane Ian will make landfall on the west coast of Florida around 8pm tomorrow (Wednesday – September 28, 2022) as a Category 3. It will quickly diminish to a Category 1 as its path is now projected towards Lakeland. Storm Surge in Tampa is still in place but appears to have dropped to 5-8’ – still very damaging.  

Please continue to check our Hurricane Ian page ( https://bit.ly/lsfhurricane ), or call our employee hotline ( 1-855-360-3445) for a full list of closures throughout the day. 

Stay safe and alert.

Senator Darryl Rouson was awarded the 𝙇𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙖𝙮 𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 for his tireless advocacy to omprove the lives of Floridians impacted by mental health and substance use challenges.

Thank you Senator Rouson!
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Senator Darryl Rouson  was awarded the 𝙇𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙖𝙮 𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 for his tireless advocacy to omprove the lives of Floridians impacted by mental health and substance use challenges. 

Thank you Senator Rouson!

LSF's Head Start parents, policy council and leadership teams rallied at our Nation's Capitol this week to ask for support in the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education. Our stories inspired, energized and even brought smiles to members of Congress and their aides! #HeadStartWorks Senator Rick Scott67Representative Kathy CastoritSenator Marco Rubios:Congressman John Rutherford07Rep. Lois Frankels<Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick97733Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Thank you Senator Rick Scott, ReNational Head Start Associationtor Marco Rubio, Congressman John Rutherford, Rep. Lois Frankel, Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Congressman Gus Bilirakis!

And, of course our awesome partner National Head Start Association who made it all happen!
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LSFs Head Start parents, policy council and leadership teams rallied at our Nations Capitol this week to ask for support in the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education. Our stories inspired, energized and even brought smiles to members of Congress and their aides! #HeadStartWorks #HeadStartUnite #StrongFamilies #VibrantCommunities 

Thank you Senator Rick Scott, Representative Kathy Castor, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman John Rutherford, Rep. Lois Frankel, Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Congressman Gus Bilirakis! 

And, of course our awesome partner National Head Start Association who made it all happen!

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THANK YOU BIDEN......Jun 30, 2021 · The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Office of Head Start (OHS) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is awarding $1 billion to American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds to Head Start programs nationwide. These funds will help more than 1,500 local Head Start programs build back to fully operational, in ......https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2021/06/30/hhs-acf-award-1-billion-arp-funds-head-start-programs-nationwide.html

$19 billion cut from early childhood education through 2024 – This cut to Head Start and Early Head Start stands in contrast to the President's 2015 budget, which not only increases this funding but also includes a $76 billion 10-year initiative for partnerships with states to provide universal pre-K services. GOP= GANG OF PROFITEERS, at the expense of Children.

Jun 25, 2015........budget included a $1.5 billion increase for Head Start; the Republicans' answer was to freeze funding at current levels, which will mean that 140,000 fewer children are served compared to what ...https://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/2015/06/25/why-the-gops-education-funding-bill-gets-an-f

Mar 11, 2011 · Under the GOP plan, Head Start’s funding would be $6.2 billion. That’s $1 billion less than its current budget and $2 billion less than President Obama requested in his 2011 budget.

Awesome week and Awesome Team!

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We are excited to celebrate our 40th anniversary in Jacksonville TONIGHT! We'd love to see you there!

Please RSVP to this free party at lsf.salsalabs.org/40thjacksonville/index.html
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We are excited to celebrate our 40th anniversary in Jacksonville TONIGHT! Wed love to see you there! 

Please RSVP to this free party at https://lsf.salsalabs.org/40thjacksonville/index.html
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