Click here to read the story 'Healing Heroes Personify LSSI's Mission'
I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.

-3 John 1:2

Click here to read the story 'Making Masks to Save Lives'

Making Masks to Save Lives

Volunteers in Action

Click here to read the story 'True Friends and a Blessing to Others'

True Friends and a Blessing to Others

Donor Profile: Rev. Mark & Kathy Helge

Virtual Race Benefits Foster Care

A Message from the CEO

Stand Firm in the Faith

Photo of Mark Stutrud, CEO

Dear Friend:

By the time you read this message, August will have arrived and we will mark roughly six months since our lives and work were changed with the full onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At LSSI, I have been lifted up by our staff and their proactive, can-do spirit in providing LSSI's critical services to our clients. Our workforce had to quickly adapt to new and effective ways of doing their jobs. In doing so, they've shown their competence and commitment, while demonstrating their compassion for those we serve. This issue's cover story highlights just a few of our staff—"Healing Heroes"—and their efforts that have been critical in service.

As needs arise in challenging times, we are grateful for the continued support of donors, foundations, and volunteers. We're privileged to lift up Rev. Mark and Kathy Helge, donors and friends to LSSI, who will be honored with the 2020 True Friend Award at our annual gala on Oct. 10. That too, will be a little different: this year we're bringing the party to you!

The pandemic will continue to have an impact on LSSI in many ways. The cost of personal protective equipment alone this fiscal year may reach $1.9 million. The world is in a race to find a vaccine and effective treatment, yet those of us not involved in those efforts run the daily marathon of the pandemic. Hebrews 12:1 talks of running a race with respect to faith, "let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."

Your support surely helps us "run with endurance."

In faith,

Mark A. Stutrud
President and Chief Executive Officer

Save the Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020

39th Annual True Friend Gala: "Home is Where the Heart is"

This year, we’re bringing the party to you!

Join us for statewide, small-group celebrations benefitting LSSI's Children's Community Services taking place in the homes (and hearts) of guests and hosts across Illinois. Honoring Rev. Mark and Kathy Helge as True Friends of LSSI.

Register for free today, and learn more details at the event website. Request more information when you register to learn how you or your church can throw a True Friend Party and represent your area of the state, and celebrate LSSI programs near you.

For more information, contact Mariah Heinz at 847.635.4656847.635.4656 or

You can help make a difference for children, adults, and seniors in Illinois by donating now!

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