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June 16th

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How Lutheran Are We? Half-Orphans, Widows, Plagues, and other Anomalies…

We officially christened our 16th foster care office on July 6 in Spring, TX, with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting provided by the The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. The new office will serve the Conroe and the Woodlands areas north of Houston.  Personally, it was my first trip to that part of the state and I was impressed by the dense groves of tall pine trees and underlying red dirt, something you don’t see in Austin. It reminded me of visiting my grandmother in the foothills of the Sierras in Northern California, albeit a little flatter and slightly more humid.

Remarks made by our CEO Kurt Senske on the occasion offered several very interesting pieces of information regarding our agency’s past, present, and future — including the percentage of non-Lutherans we employ, serve, and who generously support LSS with financial gifts. You might be surprised! Also, Dr. Senske remarked on the situations of those in need in the early days as a social services provider in New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1881 and Round Rock, Texas, in 1926. These two entities merged in 1993 to become LSS of the South. Long since outdated terminology used to describe those in need way back when included terms like “half-orphans.” What could that possibly signify? Widows and plagues also are part of the interesting vernacular of social service in those days.

Some things haven’t changed much at all over the years, like a love for children and a deep-rooted belief that foster families who are well-served, will serve children well. It is our sincerest hope that families who participate in providing foster care, through the new office in Spring and the other 15 LSS offices in Texas, will consider the foster-to-adopt program aimed at providing permanent, loving homes and families to those who’ve never been part of one.

A special thanks to the Chamber of Commerce representatives who took time out of their busy day to help us commemorate the occasion. Day-to-day operations at the new office will be handled by Kimberly Greene, area director, and Kandi Carruth, program secretary.  Give them a call at 281-298-8639!

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