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

Upbring Press Release - October 21, 2013 0


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

AUSTIN, Texas, October 21, 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, 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.


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


The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters, the Foundation’s mission is to promote healthy lives and healthy communities. The Foundation’s key funding priorities are childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles. For more information, visit Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our associates, the communities we serve, and our planet. ABOUT HUMANA Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong wellbeing. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.


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