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LSS Wins $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit Grant to Build Family House at New Life Children’s Center


The “Humana House” will allow families to stay on-site while visiting troubled children in treatment

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), an Austin-based nonprofit organization committed to helping break the cycle of child abuse in Texas, has been selected to receive the $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit Grant, a charitable giving program funded by The Humana Foundation. The award was announced at the third annual Humana Communities Benefit Celebration dinner on October 17 in Austin.

“LSS is honored to be selected for this generous gift and excited about the major opportunity to extend our mission of addressing multi-generational child abuse,” said Dr. Kurt Senske, CEO of LSS. “It is well documented that victims of abuse often become abusers themselves. Our New Life children’s center is a place where this negative pattern can be addressed and the healing can begin.”

Specifically, the Humana Communities Benefit grant will help LSS create a multi-purposed residential building for families visiting their children at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, Texas. New Life is a residential treatment center for severely troubled girls ages 11-17 that addresses treatment for female youths with emotional disorders due to abuse and neglect.

This new housing space will be called Humana House, which is designed to provide lodging for families of the girls in the residential treatment center, regardless of their income levels. This will enable longer visits by these families and allow them to participate more in their child’s treatment—improving the chances of success and for future reunification.

“Lutheran Social Services of the South’s proposal to create a safe living community for families fulfills a cornerstone of Humana Communities Benefit’s mission to build a healthy community that fosters shared activities between generations,” said Ken Malcolmson, CEO of Humana’s West Region. “We’re thrilled to help such a deserving nonprofit and are confident the $100,000 grant will help them achieve their goal.”

Through the Humana Communities Benefit Grant, the Humana Foundation awards a one-time $100,000 signature grant to a non-profit with programming and services that are focused on improving health experiences or building healthy communities. The award is given to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities that have a positive transformational impact on the organization and the community involved.

The winner is chosen by a panel of local community leaders and business representatives, based on its alignment with the Humana Foundation’s funding priorities of childhood health, intergenerational health and active lifestyles. LSS was one of three finalists and one of more than 30 applicants for the grant. Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc. and Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities, Inc. were the other finalists.

If you would like to interview LSS leadership to find out more about this award, or about the organization’s mission to end the cycle of multigenerational child abuse in Texas, please contact Curtis Coats ([email protected]) (512) 706-7502.


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