Chloe was a very sad, very angry little girl. She didn’t understand why she was taken away from her mom. Why was she living with strangers? Why didn’t Mommy take her home after visits?
“We had some tough times. Chloe was struggling and had a lot of anger”, said her foster mom, Shell. “We tried a lot of things – including therapy – then we invited her mother, Janelle, to church with us. We had dinner together after church then she put her daughter to bed. Chloe was so happy. The more time Janelle spent in our home, the happier and better adjusted Chloe was. Our hearts were telling us that she was a good mom who loved her daughter. We knew Chloe needed to be with her mom. Finally they returned home together permanently. They are still part of our family and we love having them over for dinner each week.”
Your partnership through prayer, time, talent or treasure has impacted our mission in ways you don’t realize. It takes a village to raise a child. No matter which program you are supporting, you strengthen our ability to attract the best care-givers and help another vulnerable person in need. Will you continue your support for struggling families and children like Chloe?
We all need a solid home base to help us grow to our full potential. If it takes a village to raise a child, it may also require a community to form a healthy family.
At Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, we seek to empower families toward strength and wholeness. Our programs guide families along the path of staying intact, and when that is not possible, we help children find safe, nurturing alternative settings where they can flourish and thrive.
LSSM Home Care solutions offer independence and a sense of connection, allowing people to remain in their natural environments for as long as possible – perhaps throughout the duration of their lives. Our Group Homes offer Persons with Disabilities independence while fostering community among residents. Outings, activities and camaraderie form the backbone of life for these communities. Our HUD Subsidized Housing provides safe, clean, affordable homes for people who need it. We are proud to offer exactly what Michigan residents need to maintain home and community at every stage of life.
LSSM serves older adults through senior living residences, rehabilitation services, assisted living facilities, memory care units, skilled nursing programs, home care and HUD subsidized housing. Connecting with our overall vision of sharing in life with all, and upholding every individual’s dignity and health, we help older adults find their place in the aging process so they can fulfill their life’s potential every single day.