Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in LSSI's 4th Annual Day of Giving–A Day in the Life—on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Through your generosity, over $35,000 was raised to help the people served by LSSI realize their hopes and dreams so that they might reach their full potential.

Below are the names of everyone who gave, and highlights of all that happens during "A Day in the Life" of LSSI.

Thank you again for sharing in our mission to bring healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities throughout Illinois.

  • 6 p.m.

    Thank you for celebrating LSSI's 152nd Birthday! As LSSI wraps up our Day in the Life posts, we thank everyone who gave, shared, and read these posts throughout the day. Our 4th Annual LSSI Day of Giving has been an overwhelming success. LSSI is only able to promote wholeness to our neighbors in need through the generous gifts of our donors, the dutiful work of our employees, and the steadfast determination of those we serve. Thank you all for the work you do!

  • 5 p.m.

    A woman with a history of mental health issues is in a state of crisis. She has been through this before, but is unsure of what to do. In her apartment, alone, she calls the number on a card for LSSI's mental health mobile crisis care. A counselor shows up within a half hour, and before the night is through, the woman is feeling better, with a counseling appointment scheduled in the morning.

  • 4 p.m.

    Janie, a mother of four, oversees homework and gets snacks for her children while talking to her Intact Family Recovery counselor. Intact Family Recovery pairs a child welfare caseworker and an alcohol/drug counselor to provide intensive services to parents to enable the family to remain together. The program has supported her family and helped her gain confidence for the future.

  • 3 p.m.

    Fletcher, a skills coach on an LSSI Therapeutic Foster Care team, picks up a foster child from school and takes him to the library, discussing their day. Fletcher walks the child through their emotions, helping them understand coping mechanisms and how to connect with their classmates, teachers and foster parents. He's one key member of the Therapeutic Foster Care pilot program at LSSI's Aurora, Chicago, and Rockford offices, which is having a positive impact on children in foster care who are at high-risk.

  • 2 p.m.

    Marty Senica, a Certified Recovery Support Specialist on one of LSSI's Community Support Teams, meets a client at the gym. Senica provides ongoing support to adults with mental illness, helping them live and thrive in their community. He helps clients work through their specific issues, and supports them as they establish themselves in the community and work toward personal goals. "I tell them I had mental illness," Senica said. "I use my knowledge from my own recovery to connect with them."

  • 1 p.m.

    Residents at Immanuel Manor in Danville, a senior housing residence, get together in the afternoon and bake cookies. The cookies, a mix of the participants' favorite recipes, will go to first responders throughout Danville. "It's so good to have our residents connect to the community," said Brenda Mourer, Immanuel's Social Service Coordinator. "The Danville area does so much for them. This was a great way to give back."

  • 12 p.m.

    A boy feeling lonely sits on a "Buddy Bench" at Amboy Central Elementary school. Soon, a classmate sits next to him and strikes up a conversation. Created by students in LSSI's Youth WORKS program, the special benches on the school playground encourages building friendships, and combats loneliness and bullying.

  • 11 a.m.

    A student at Taft High School in Chicago is struggling with the extreme stress of their day. They go to see a counselor in the school, who listens and addresses the needs of the student before they reach a point of crisis. LSSI's Step-Up Community Based Counseling program has expanded to 20 grammar and high schools in the Chicago Public School system.

  • 10 a.m.

    A child mental health clinician meets her young client in the Therapeutic Play Room at LSSI's Portage Cragin Counseling Center, which provides a great opportunity for staff to engage the children in their care. Donations from the Women's Network of LSSI helped create this special place for children.

  • 9 a.m.

    The first grief counseling group of the day begins at LSSI's Welcoming Center, located on Chicago's northwest side. Along with peer counseling groups, the Welcoming Center also takes walk-in clients without insurance, and helps provide stability to individuals dealing with mental health issues.

  • 8 a.m.

    Robert heads to the grocery store to apply knowledge he's learned in LSSI's Community Case Management program. Not long ago, Robert was living a mundane life in a nursing home, unable to work, cook, or make choices for himself. LSSI's Community Case Management program works with individuals, like Robert, who live with mental illness to help them gain independence and develop skills to thrive on their own.

  • 7 a.m.

    A mother calls to check on her son in one of LSSI's Medication-Assisted Detox Program. He is making good progress, but they know the threat of addiction will always be present. However, once the current program is over, the son will be able to live in one of LSSI's sober living homes and continue to receive outpatient treatment from LSSI programs in Chicago.

  • 6 a.m.

    An LSSI family peer support specialist gets an early start on her day helping families navigate mental health resources if they have a child facing mental illness. She provides support and information the family needs to get help for their children.

  • 5 a.m.

    A LSSI program director begins their day and writes an entry into their gratitude journal. "Today I am grateful for the hardworking, wonderful staff I've been blessed with at LSSI. I am so grateful for the round-the-clock work that they do...and a good cup of coffee!"

  • 4 a.m.

    Grandma begins to wake up her three grandkids. They must catch a bus, in order to catch a second, very special bus. This bus, provided with the assistance of LSSI's generous donors, will take them to visit their mother at an Illinois prison. LSSI's Visits to Mom programs brings children together with their mothers and fathers while they are incarcerated.

  • 3 a.m.

    An older adult needs to use the bathroom, but is unable to get out of bed himself. His Intouch Home Care Assistant is there to help. Intouch provides assistance and care to seniors, allowing them to remain in their homes and continue to be an asset to their community.

  • 2 a.m.

    A man experiencing a mental health crisis walks into the emergency department of Swedish Covenant Hospital, which is one of 5 hospital emergency departments in Chicago housing LSSI's Project IMPACT, a 24/7 behavioral crisis program. Crisis counselors intervene to help him receive appropriate care.

  • 1 a.m.

    Unable to sleep, a child in foster care opens their My Awesome Life lifebook, and flips through it. My Awesome Life, a Lifebook written by LSSI staff, allows children in foster care whose lives have seen constant change to remember their past through pictures and stories. The child lingers on a page with a drawing of her family, hoping to see them all together again soon.

  • 12 a.m.

    A young man in search of a midnight snack reaches for a bag of Handfuls of Hope kettlecorn and begins to snack. The kettlecorn, popped and packaged by clients at the Shady Oaks Developmental Training Center, helps provide job training and income for adults with developmental disabilities.

  • 11 p.m.

    Rebecca, a foster and adoptive parent, peeks in on her sleeping daughter before going to bed. As a foster parent, her daughter came into her life with a Winnie the Pooh suitcase and clothes too big for her, and immediately asked to see her room. Rebecca eventually adopted her and each year they bake cookies together to celebrate that day.

  • 10 p.m.

    A young girl doesn't want to go to sleep, very much against the wishes of her parents. Mom sits by her bed and reminds her of coping skills the family has learned through their counselor in LSSI's Adoption Preservation program, which works to keep families with adopted children healthy and together.

  • 9 p.m.

    Amy pulls a tray of cookies out of the oven at LSSI's Walsh Residence Sober Living Apartments. Sober for more than a year, a variety of LSSI's programs have helped Amy in her recovery journey. "I stay very connected with LSSI, but I feel much more like a self-sufficient, independent adult."

  • 8 p.m.

    A child reaches for a book beside their bed and presses play on a CD player. They listen along as the voice of their parent reads the book. The child's parent is incarcerated, but through LSSI's Storybook Project, volunteers visit prisons and record parents reading to their children, with the book and CD sent to the child for free. LSSI's Storybook Project is a way for children to stay connected to their parents even while they are away.

  • 7 p.m.

    Foster Parent Ron Guhl gathers with the children in his care to talk about their day and finish up homework. Guhl, once honored as LSSI Foster Parent of the Year, himself was in foster care as a child. Guhl enrolled in community college to set an example for the children in his care, eventually earning a 4-year degree. He helps support newly minted foster parents offering this advice: "Do it with an open heart and an open mind."

Donors

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  • Pastor Albert W.
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