“A population that does not take care of the elderly and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.” – Pope Francis
This month’s edition of “Meet our Missions” introduces the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSSSW), one of the many missions supported by the English District.
“I came so that you may have life and live it more abundantly.” – John 10:10
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest was started in 1970 by a group of congregations in Arizona asking, “How can we care for one another?” Motivated by God’s love for the world, today they serve over 60,000 people annually in Arizona; stabilizing lives during times of crisis, building self-reliant foundations where all people can fulfill their basic needs, and preserving dignity and respect for our most fragile populations that include older adults, people with developmental disabilities, refugees who are courageously rebuilding their lives and those who have encountered bumps in life and are seeking resources, hope and compassion.
One of their core ministries is in-home care. If you have ever cared for an aging or ill family member, you know how difficult it can be. It’s hard to see somebody that you love slip away. But the aid of a good home care provider, which your generosity supports, can ease the burden. As one of the only non-profits in Arizona that provides in-home care, they carry out this work with Christ’s mercy and compassion. There are 2,500 older adults currently on waiting lists for services.
Here is just one example of the LSS-SW making a difference:
“Richard’s life changed one day when we dropped a bottle on the ground and realized that he couldn’t reach it. “I was filled with a new kind of fear. I realized that I was getting older and needed help. I didn’t know what to do.” Richard now receives LSS-SW home care a few times each month, and says “Getting home-bound is not as frightening as it once was. My caregiver, Lana, makes me feel like I am not stuck all by myself. Somebody cares.””
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If you have a mission or ministry story you’d like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org.