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Cutting the ribbon at Humana House


A great day for New Life Children’s Center

More than 70 guests showed their support for Lutheran Social Services as we celebrated the opening of our newest building – Humana House at New Life Children’s Center – on Tuesday, Aug. 19 in Canyon Lake with a dedication and ribbon cutting.

Humana House ribbon-cutting ceremony

August 19, 2014: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Humana House at New Life Children’s Center. Pictured, left to right: Bob Slocum, CEO New Life; Joel Reed, LSS Board Chair; Kevin Opgenorth, Humana; Dr. Kurt Senske, LSS CEO; Molly Dupnick, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation; Dr. Jerry Major, McKenna Foundation; Cathy Zwernemann, LSS Board; Marty Richardson, Gina Richardson, Alex Reitsema, Martin Instrument.










Special thanks to our funding partners

The ceremony included remarks from LSS CEO Dr. Kurt Senske on the positive impact Humana House will have on the girls and their families for years to come – providing a safe, stable place to help with healing. He expressly thanked Humana Foundation, Martin Instrument, McKenna Foundation and Kronkosky Charitable Foundation for their generous donations which helped make this project possible. Kevin Opgenorth, Health Client Services Executive for Humana, said Humana is excited to partner with LSS and that Humana House fits well with their mission to improve the health of our communities by helping people achieve lifelong well-being.

Kevin Opgenorth

Kevin Opgenorth, representing Humana, addresses the assembly.

New Life—a residential treatment center for severely troubled girls, ages 11-17—provides holistic treatment for disorders caused by abuse and neglect. Children arrive at New Life with serious emotional and behavioral disorders stemming from past trauma. Beyond the basic needs of shelter, clothing, and food, New Life gives them a safe place to heal, with personalized therapy and on-campus education.

Humana House is a multi-purpose residential building where families of the girls can stay for longer visits, allowing them to participate more fully in their child’s treatment and improving the chances of success and future reunification.

Learn more about New Life Children’s Center.

This collage includes an exterior shot of the finished building as well as a few interior shots.

This collage includes an exterior shot of the finished building as well as a few interior shots.

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