The social service world in which LSS operates is rapidly changing. You have undoubtedly heard reported in the media that budget deficits at both the state and federal levels are having a financial impact on agencies such as LSS. We have already experienced many funding cuts and anticipate additional reductions that could total over one million dollars. At the same time, we are also being asked to serve more individuals.
If this sounds like a “Catch-22,” it is. However, it is also a flashback to another time. In the earliest days of LSS there were no government contracts and government funding was not relied on to cover an agency’s operating costs. Rather, congregations and individuals donated services, volunteered their skills, and contributed everything from chickens to chisels. Groups of committed Christians got together to fulfill the Biblical command to care for the widows and orphans – the least of these.
As society evolved, the needs of those LSS served became more complex, and state and federal governments began subsidizing a portion of our costs. Today, the funding pendulum is swinging back to those earlier times. What has not and will not change is that LSS will continue to provide quality Christian care for all of our existing clients, and seek every opportunity to expand our services to the least of these.
Challenges exist, but the services of LSS are needed now more than ever. Despite the onslaught of funding cuts, we are being called to continue what our forbearers began, changing lives through innovative, quality, Christian care while seeking opportunities to expand our services. To do otherwise is simply not an option.
To fulfill this commitment, I am asking for your support. I am asking that you and I commit to continuing the mission of those who walked before us, and to step forward and dig a little deeper to support LSS – a ministry that is so desperately needed by so many. That like the Good Samaritan, we do not quickly cross to the other side, but rather stop to help our neighbor in need.
Together we can make a difference. Together we can serve those who so desperately need our help.