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LSS Selected for $50,000 Grant from Martin Instrument

Upbring Press Release - December 20, 2013 0


As part of Humana House at New Life Children’s Center, Martin Instrument Suite will allow families to stay on-site while visiting troubled children in treatment

AUSTIN, Texas, December 20, 2013: Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), an Austin-based nonprofit organization committed to helping break the cycle of child abuse in Texas, announced today its selection as the recipient of a nearly $50,000 charitable gift from Martin Instrument, a local, family-owned provider of precision layout tools and solutions.

“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.”

As one of three finalists, LSS was chosen based on its proposal to build the Martin Instrument Suite as part of Humana House at the New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, Texas.

“We found LSS’s ability to effect and interact with troubled girls in our community inspiring,” said Gina Richardson, Co-founder of Martin Instrument. “LSS has the capacity to reach out to these young girls in a positive manner, thereby repairing broken homes and broken hearts. We are all excited at the opportunity to work with LSS in helping create a solid structure and foundation for families in Texas.”

Comprising one of two apartments within Humana House, the Martin Instrument Suite will be a crucial part of a multi-purposed residential building for families visiting their children at New Life. This project 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.

New Life—a residential treatment center for severely troubled girls ages 11-17—addresses treatment for female youths with emotional disorders due to abuse and neglect. These 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, personalized therapy, and on-campus education.


Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS), a 501(c)(3) faith based nonprofit organization, is committed to serving people in need, including children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and those affected by disasters in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Increasingly, a core mission at LSS is working to stop the cycle of multi-generational child abuse in Texas. LSS is the largest provider of children’s residential care in Texas and currently serves more than 26,000 individuals annually. LSS programs include Foster In Texas (FIT) and Lutheran Adoption Services of Texas, as well as the operation of two residential centers, one emergency shelter, charter schools on three campuses, and five senior retirement communities in Texas. LSS also provides critical assistance and emergency response to those impacted by disasters and financial hardship. For additional information about LSS, its programs and mission, please visit us at


Started by Marty and Gina Richardson in 1992, Martin Instrument, a family owned business, opened its doors over 20 years ago to provide the latest precision layout solutions for land surveyors, engineering firms, construction, mining, and oil companies, government, as well as education. Martin Instrument is a leading distributor of Trimble Navigation, a manufacturer of advanced positioning solutions best known for their GPS and Robotic technology which is used in over 100 countries around the world. With a combined 75 years of Trimble Navigation in house experience and knowledge, our clients receive the very best in technical expertise, support, professionalism, integrity, and unmatched customer service.

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