By February of each year, award season is in full swing, and “Best of” and “Top 10” lists have been publicized in every magazine on the rack. In addition, organizations – both for-profit and non-profit – have compiled their year-in-review recaps and statistics. Lutheran Social Services is no exception, as we take stock annually of just who, and how many, we serve in a given year.
We recently posted the list of “2011 Accomplishments” on our website. The total scope of our services may surprise you! Categorized into four areas of service – Children’s Services/Senior Services/Families in Crisis/Disaster Response – the numbers tell quite a story. What they don’t tell is the sheer volume of hard work and loyal support of our volunteers, donors, and a statewide staff of more than 850 that makes all of it possible.
We invite you to take a look at our 2011 accomplishment list below. We’re pretty proud of it!
· 1,871 children provided foster care in 16 communities across Texas—Amarillo, Austin, Bryan/College Station, Conroe/The Woodlands, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, Mesquite, Robstown, San Antonio, Tyler, and Victoria, Texas.
· 500 formerly abused children, ages 6-17, served across three residential treatment centers: Krause Children’s Center in Katy, New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, Texas, and Nelson Children’s Center in Denton (now closed).
· 444 child refugees served at Bokenkamp Emergency Shelter, Corpus Christi, Texas.
· 184 child refugees provided transitional foster care in El Paso, Texas.
· 148 Texas children adopted through LSS domestic adoption program.
· 52 children from countries such as China, Korea, Ethiopia, Colombia, India, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, The Philippines, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Taiwan adopted through LSS international adoption program in partnership with other international adoption agencies.
· 9,430 volunteers made life better for children at New Life, Nelson, Krause, and Bokenkamp.
· 84 older adults served through our Adult Day Care Center in El Paso, Texas.
· 297 individuals served through Care-Connect senior care management services, now serving clients in Austin and Spring, Texas.
Services for Families in Crisis
· 13,968 individuals provided emergency assistance with rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other basic needs at Neighborhood House in Lubbock, Texas. More than 62 tons of food and hygiene products were distributed.
· 1,606 individual patients served during 7,280 patient visits through Health For Friends Clinic in Lubbock, Texas.
· 6,448 Hurricane Ike-affected households received more than $9.5 million in direct assistance for housing-related unmet needs, such as furniture and appliances.
· 22,213 individuals served by LSS Disaster Response in 2011.
· $13,993,064 total value of services provided by LSS Disaster Response in 2011.