This past year, as with every year of the last 13 decades, LSS served the most vulnerable members of society. Of those we served, 96 percent are low income or impoverished. Through providing innovative, quality Christian care, and adapting to the needs of our clients, we strive to strengthen lives, families, and communities.
To help convey the scope of our services, and who they touch, we compile a list of what our agency has achieved in the past year and post it on our website. 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 800 individuals who make all of it possible.
In addition to adoption and foster care, our vital programs and services also include residential children’s centers, charter schools, disaster response, emergency assistance, senior retirement communities, and spiritual care.
Following is our 2012 accomplishment list. We’re grateful that we have been given the opportunity to serve so many in need—over 25,000 to be exact.
- 1,913 children were provided foster care in 15 communities across Texas—Amarillo, Austin, Conroe/The Woodlands, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, Mesquite, Robstown, San Antonio, Tyler, and Victoria, Texas.
- 445 formerly abused children, ages 6-17, were served at two residential treatment centers: Krause Children’s Center in Katy, and New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, Texas.
- 557 child refugees were served at Bokenkamp Emergency Shelter, Corpus Christi, Texas.
- 228 child refugees were provided transitional foster care in El Paso, Texas.
- 107 Texas children were adopted through LSS domestic adoption program.
- 69 children from countries such as China, Korea, Ethiopia, Colombia, India, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, The Philippines, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Taiwan were adopted through the LSS international adoption program in partnership with other international adoption agencies.
- 4,545 volunteers served at New Life, Krause, Bokenkamp, and fundraising events.
- 145 New Orleans foster youth were served by BeREAL, a mentoring program for teens “aging out” of the Louisiana foster care system.
- 1,084 students were served at Trinity Charter Schools.
- More than 989 older adult residents of LSS senior living options, ranging from independent living to skilled nursing and memory care, in Houston, Brenham, Victoria, Round Rock, and Lubbock, Texas.
- 19 individual patients (1,904 hrs) were served through Care-Connect care management at The Village in Spring, Texas.
Services for Families in Crisis
- 10,294 individuals were provided emergency assistance with rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other basic needs at Neighborhood House in Lubbock, Texas. More than 127,000 lbs. of food and hygiene products were distributed.
- 1,668 individual patients were served during 8,121 patient visits through Health For Friends Clinic in Lubbock, Texas.
- Approx. 150 families were helped with emergency disaster assistance in TX and LA (wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes).
- Rebuild/unmet needs funding went to more than 30 families in Bastrop and Spicewood.
- Aid was given to more than 300 farm families suffering drought/wildfires through Haylift to Texas efforts.
- Repair/rebuild work was done on 60+ homes in Bastrop.
- Coordinated approx. 1,900 volunteers for nearly 53,000 volunteer hours.
- Total clients served by LSSDR = 540 families; 1,458 individuals