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A Letter from the VP

Tending God's Flock

Photo of David Novak, VP

As a new school year begins, we are ever mindful of the example we as parents, teachers, and mentors set for our children. It's a reflection of our Lutheran faith that calls us to be shepherds of God's flock.

LSSI's mission of responding to the Gospel to bring healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities is borne out through our many programs for children, adults, and seniors at more than 50 sites across Illinois. In this way, we are the shepherds of God's flock—our neighbors in Illinois.

Our Choices program in Nachusa is a source of healing and recovery for teens struggling with alcohol and substance use. The most fulfilling part of Choices Unit Supervisor Aleisha Cole's job is planting the seed that helps youth begin life anew.

Eric and Jodie Draut, longtime donors and volunteers to LSSI, exemplify the commitment and generosity of those who support our programs, and we will honor them with LSSI's True Friend award on October 12 at our Amicus Certus Celebration. Their steadfast support helps us live out our mission. Speaking for both himself and Jodie, Eric says, "We find great joy in answering God’s call."

Whether it is our talented staff, committed volunteers, generous donors, or faithful congregations, we all are shepherds of God’s flock. We are grateful for your ongoing support that is integral in helping us care for one out of every 300 people in Illinois.

Peace and Prayers,

David P. Novak, JD
Vice President, Advancement
Executive Director, Cornerstone Foundation

Join LSSI's Associate Board

LSSI's Associate Board will launch this year and comprise an enthusiastic group of young professionals to promote and further LSSI's mission and help make a difference in the lives of people across Illinois. Associate Board members will be responsible for spreading the word about LSSI to their networks, helping to plan and fundraise for LSSI's annual events, and be committed to a $1,000 give/get fundraising goal. Apply to become a member or contact Jillian Madden, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at or 847.635.4589 for more information.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

38th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration
Union League Club, Chicago
Join us as we honor Eric and Jodie Draut with the True Friend Award. Special Keynote Speaker is award-winning television journalist Elizabeth Vargas, who wrote Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. Tickets are $250 each and sponsorships are available.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

4th Annual Day of Giving
Join us for a "Day in the Life of LSSI" during our 24-hour "give-a-thon" celebrating the 152nd anniversary of LSSI's founding.

For more information about either event, contact or call 847.635.4656.