LSSI Executive Director for Children’s Community Services Jere Murry, MSW, Receives Lutheran Services in America Scion Award

LSSI Executive Director for Children’s Community Services Jere Murry, MSW, Receives Lutheran Services in America Scion Award

Jere Murry, MSW, Executive Director for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) Children’s Community Services (CCS), was one of three child welfare advocate leaders chosen to receive the Scion Award through Lutheran Services in America’s Results Innovation Lab.

The Lutheran Services in America (LSA) Results Innovation Lab is a collaborative learning model focused on creating new, innovative approaches for strengthening families in crisis and ensuring that young people reach their full potential. The Results Innovation Lab’s data-driven methodology enables organizations to address underlying racial disparities that stack the deck against children and families of color. This program has been in action since 2016, and intends on dramatically engaging and helping 20,000 children and families by 2024. Individuals that show outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to the Lab’s mission are recognized for their work by LSA.

“It is truly an honor to receive the LSA Scion Award,” Murry said. “Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with social and human services leaders in several other states with the shared mission of dismantling current practice systems that continue to stratify and marginalize specific client populations.”

Through data-driven research, the Results Innovation Lab takes an on-the-ground strategy to provide more safe, stable, and connected homes for children so they can lead healthy lives.

“The truly exciting piece that gleans from my work with LSA is that it aligns beautifully with the whole-person, generative work LSSI is cultivating,” Murry said. “Both of these large, human service organizations are working in concert to impact the greater community as a whole. The LSA community stretches across the U.S., and I am looking forward to my continued work with LSA and my cohort members so that I may bring more learning and innovation to Children’s Community Services programming at LSSI.”

Murry, a resident of Peoria, has been with LSSI for 15 years, leading the organization’s Children’s Community Services programming. Prior to joining LSSI, Murry held leadership roles at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Her statewide child welfare leadership roles also include representing LSSI on the Intact Family Services and Specialized Foster Care Workgroups and as a member of the DCFS African American Advisory Council. Murry holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Social Work degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Barb Hailey