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2014

October 20, 2014 (Omaha, NE) – Nebraska residents who are struggling with the trauma of this summer’s devastating weather can now access a voucher system to help pay for therapy services.

October 15, (Grand Island, NE) Lutheran Family Services and Legal Aid of Nebraska to Share Office Space – The public is invited to attend an Open House at the newly co-located offices of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) and Legal Aid of Nebraska.

October 2, 2014 (Omaha NE) Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday October 5 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne - Public is invited.

August 18, 2014, (North Platte, NE) Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be in North Platte on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 to meet with veterans, current members of the military, and their families. Smith is the chairman of the Rural Veterans Caucus and has said he wants to hear from veterans on those issues that are important to them The event is open to the public. Details are as follows:

     Who: Congressman Adrian Smith, veterans, military members and their families.
     What: Discussion with Congressman Adrian Smith
     When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm
     Where: American Legion Club, 2020 East 4th Street, North Platte

August 18, 2014 (Fremont, NE) – Fremont Families Work to Graduate to a Better Life. Fremont families struggling with poverty are learning how to build stability and a better life for themselves and their children. The program, "Getting Ahead in a Getting-By World," is a collaborative effort of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS), Uniquely Yours Stability Support, and Care Corps Homeless Shelter.

August 6, 2014 (Omaha, NE) – United Way of the Midlands Awards $931,359.00 to Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska to Fund Nine Programs. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, programs that provide behavioral health therapy for adults, youth and children, as well as war refugees and traumatized veterans, will continue. Funded programs also include specialized therapy and support for children and families impacted by child sexual abuse (the RSafe® program), as well as the growing International Center of the Heartland.

August 4, 2014 (Omaha, NE) – On Sunday, September 14, Lutheran Family Services (LFS) will recognize those community leaders whose actions demonstrate their commitment to faith-based values and humble service. This year’s Faith in Action: Hope Restored event will have a special focus on mental wellness and those who support the journey to recovery. LFS is one of the largest providers of outpatient mental health services in the state, serving 5,112 Nebraskans last year.

August 1, 2014 (Omaha, NE) – Benson First Friday: Culture Crawl, A multicultural bazaar showcasing creativity of Omaha’s refugee community. Fire spinners, bamboo dancers, street percussionists and a Burundian choir will transform downtown Benson into a multicultural bazaar on Friday, August 1st.

June 17, 2014 (Grand Island, NE) – Those requiring assistance from Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) and Legal Aid of Nebraska will no longer need to visit two office locations. Lutheran Family Services and Legal Aid of Nebraska to share office space.

May 19, 2014 (Fremont, NE) – The third annual Fremont Family Friends event is scheduled on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Proceeds from this fundraiser will provide essential support for the services provided at the Rupert Dunklau Center for Healthy Families on Military Avenue.

May 2, 2014 Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and Project Everlast (Fremont Council) are hosting a “Fremont’s Foster Caring Community Event.” The event will be held at the Wooden Windmill, located at 1155 South Broad Street in Fremont. The public is invited to attend this special lunch to learn more about the process and importance of becoming a foster family.

March 29-30, 2014 (Hastings, NE) – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold three At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentations on Saturday and
Sunday, March 29 and 30 at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings - Public is invited.

January 31, 2014 (Lincoln, NE) – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) has scheduled weekly meetings in February to provide information to consumers and providers of the former Lancaster County Community Mental Health Center (CMHC). These open forum meetings will give additional opportunities to understand possible changes now that LFS has assumed delivery of core services at this location.

January 29, 2014 (Omaha, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Saturday, February 8 at Sheridan Lutheran Church in Lincoln.

January 14, 2014 (Lincoln, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) began supervising some of the core behavioral health services at the Lancaster County Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) on Monday, January 13, 2014.

January 10, 2014 (Omaha, NE) - Fandango seeks to “Restore and Create Safe and Happy Childhoods”. The upcoming “Fandango” fundraiser will help insure that LFS programs continue to change and save the lives of Omaha’s most vulnerable children.

2013

November 18, 2013 (Omaha, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, November 24 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Orchard.

October 28, 2013 (North Platte, Nebraska) - The public is invited to a Veterans Day Open House and Ribbon-Cutting at the North Platte office of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS). The event commemorates the addition of At Ease® to LFS services in North Platte. At Ease® provides confidential trauma treatment, therapeutic therapy and peer support for veterans, active military and their loved ones.

October 15, 2013 (Council Bluffs, IA) – Children living in Pottawattamie County – birth to age five -- will be the beneficiaries of the upcoming “Wicker & Wine Basket Auction.”  The evening features both live and silent auctions, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as a program and video showcasing the life-changing work of the Center.

October 15, 2013 (Omaha, Nebraska) – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) has promoted Christy Fiala to Regional Services Director for Children Services. Her office will remain in Fremont’s Rupert Dunklau Center for Healthy Families, where she will continue to serve as program supervisor for now.

Oct. 13, 2013 (Omaha NE) Lutheran Family Services and the Center for Adoption Support and Education is offering a Training for Adoption Competence course for licensed mental health professionals. The course provides them with the clinical skills they need to provide quality clinical services to adopted persons, birth families, prospective adoptive parents, adoptive families and kinship families.

Oct. 3, 2013 (Omaha NE) Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska To Be Recognized as an Angel in Adoption™ at National Event in Washington, D.C. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) will honor Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska as an Angel in Adoption™ at an awards ceremony on October 8 and gala on October 9 in Washington, D.C.

September 27, 2013 (Omaha) - For the fifth year a great pumpkin tree will “rise” over the Village Pointe Center Court! This month-long community event raises awareness for the children and teenagers in Nebraska’s foster care system, 913 of whom are eligible and waiting to be adopted.

July 10, 2013 (Omaha, Nebraska) – At this year's "Global Voices - Faith in Action" event on Sunday, September 15, Lutheran Family Services (LFS) will recognize Roland Temme, United Way of the Midlands and Benson Area Refugee Task Force (BART) – community leaders whose actions demonstrate their commitment to faith-based values and humble service.

July 10, 2013 (North Platte, Nebraska) – Veterans, active military and reservists returning home to the North Platte area now have local access to specialized mental health and peer support. Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is now offering a new At Ease® program in its North Platte office, the Clifford L. Johnson Center for Healthy Families at 120 E. 12th Street.

June 7, 2013, (Omaha, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) has named Todd L. Reckling, MPA its Vice President of Children, Family and Community Services.

May 13, 2013 (Omaha, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, May 19th at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, five miles south of Johnson, Nebraska on Highway 105.

May 13, 2013 (Council Bluffs, IA) - Center for Healthy Families® gets an “Extreme Makeover” Open House Offers Chance to See the New Look.

April 29, 2013 (Omaha, NE) - An interview with Ruth Henrichs concerning business ethics, as published by the Business Ethics Alliance.

March 26, 2013 (Lexington, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, April 21st at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington, Nebraska. 26% of veterans in Dawson county live in Lexington; 15% of veterans in Lexington are Gulf War era or later. Public is invited.

March 26, 2013 (Hildreth, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, April 7th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth, Nebraska. Almost 14% of adults in Franklin County are veterans. Almost 10% of these veterans are Gulf War era or later. Public is invited.

February 22, 2013 (Omaha, NE) Fandango seeks to “Restore and Create Safe and Happy Childhoods”. The upcoming “Fandango” fundraiser will help insure that LFS programs continue to change and save the lives of Omaha’s most vulnerable children.

February 17, 2013 (Columbus, NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, February 17th at VFW Post 3704 in Columbus, Nebraska. 8.5% of the adults in Columbus are veterans.

February 10, 2013 (Oakland NE) - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease ® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, February 10th at the Veteran’s Organization in Oakland, Nebraska. 15.5% of the adults in Oakland are veterans.

January 18, 2013 (West Point, NE) – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, January 27th at Vets Pointe Food and Spirits in West Point, Nebraska.

January 4, 2013 (Seward, NE) – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will hold an At Ease® Congregational Outreach presentation on Sunday, January 13th at the Seward Civic Center in Seward, Nebraska.

2012

November 28, 2012 (Hooper, NE) – Lutheran Family Services Kicks Off "At Ease® Congregational Outreach" in Hooper

November 12, 2012 (Omaha NE) Nebraska Setting Standards on Treating Children Who Act Out Sexually, RSafe® 10-14 offers less expensive, more effective treatment.

October 4, 2012 (Council Bluffs IA) – "Wicker & Wine® Basket Auction" will benefit children living in Pottawattamie County from birth to age five. Buy your tickets online here.

September 28, 2012 (Omaha, NE) – 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Tree and Family Festival. This month long community event raises awareness for the children and teenagers in Nebraska's foster care system. 1,033 of whom are eligible and waiting to be adopted.

August 31, 20012 (Omaha, NE) –  Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska continues its 120th anniversary celebration with a special Faith in Action® event on Sunday, September 16.

August 7, 2012 (Omaha, NE) – Lutheran Family Services' RSafe® Moves to Project Harmony - Services for Child Sexual Abuse now in one location.

May 11, 2012 (Fremont, NE) – Inaugural Event for Rupert Dunklau Center for Healthy Families Event also introduces “Fremont Family Friends”.

May 7, 2012 (Omaha, Nebraska) – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska has named Christy Fiala as a program supervisor for Fremont’s Rupert Dunklau Center for Healthy Families®.

May 3, 2012 (Omaha, Nebraska) – Nebraska will hold its first statewide adoption conference in Lincoln – Aug. 9-10, to help prepare parents and professionals to provide permanent, loving families for children in foster care.

April 18, 2012 – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska's McCook Office Holds Open House – Office marks one year in new location

April 12, 2012 – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is throwing two big parties for its 120th birthday – and it wants everyone whose family grew with LFS to come!

March 21, 2012
Foster Care (from the Inside) “From Place to Place” star coming to Omaha.

February 25, 2012
New Support for Veterans and Military Families
– Lutheran Families Services At Ease® - Grand Island program now offers two peer support groups for all military veterans and their families. These groups are free and confidential.

February 3, 2012
Fundraiser for Children's Services Planned – Fandango® seeks to "Restore and Create Safe and Happy Childhoods".

February 2, 2012
3rd Annual At Ease Fundraising and Awareness Luncheon Raises over $225,000

January 23, 2012
Medal of Honor Recipient, Former Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta will be in Omaha on Monday to serve as the keynote speaker for the 3rd annual At Ease Luncheon. He has graciously arranged to take questions at an 11:00 – 11:30 news conference on January 30, 2012 at the CenturyLink Center.

2011

December 20, 2011
Lutheran Family Services prepares to celebrate 120 Years – and it wants everyone whose family grew with LFS to come!

November 30, 2011
3rd Annual At Ease Fundraising and Awareness Luncheon on January 30, 2012, features Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta

November 7, 2011
"At Ease" Expands to Central Nebraska, Quick Facts about "At Ease".

October 10, 2011
Fundraiser Supports Pottawattamie County’s Youngest Residents

September 29, 2011
Installation for the "Great Pumpkin" Tree at Village Pointe will be Friday Morning

September 21, 2011
Faith in Action Awards Dinner Honors Community Leaders – Photos of Honored Guests Included

September 19, 2011
Faith in Action awards dinner to Honor Community Leaders – Among the honorees this year: Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne

August 25, 2011
Success Leads to Renewal of Right Turn Program

August 11, 2011
New Study Highlights Nebraska's Leadership In Volunteering

July 21, 2011
Blue Cross Blue Shield awards $10,000 Wellness Grant for the At Ease outreach and promotional support in the Lexington area

June 30, 2011
UNO donation to help families rest easier

April 11, 2011
Learning Community Contracts with LFS to Implement Family Liaison Program

March 22, 2011
Grand Opening Set for North Omaha Center for Healthy Families

February 28, 2011
Grand Opening Set for North Omaha Center for Healthy Families

February 24, 2011
News Notes, for coming events and serves offered by LFS.

February 2, 2011
Fundraiser for Foster Children and Adoption, "Fandango®" fundraiser supports search for permanent homes

2010

December 17, 2010
2nd Annual At Ease USA Fundraising and Awareness Luncheon Featuring Medal of Honor Recipient Senator Bob Kerry

November 20, 2010
New Name, Enhanced Services for Fremont Area

October 20, 2010
Fundraiser Supports Pottawattamie Count's Youngest Residents

October 5, 2010
Lutheran Family Services Program receives $400,000 Federal Grant

September 28, 2010
This is the weekend for Omaha’s Great Pumpkin!

September 13, 2010
Film notes for Restrepo screening at Omaha's FilmStreams - in conjunction with LFS's At Ease program

September 9, 2010
World Suicide Prevention Day Friday, September 10

September 8, 2010
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska Honors Community Leaders

July 21, 2010
New Board Members for Lutheran Family Services

June 14, 2010
New Era for Adoption Services in Nebraska -- Adoption Links Worldwide Affiliates with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

June 10, 2010
Public invited to World Refugee Day celebration June 19

April 30, 2010
National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, May 2-8 Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska serves those in need of mental health care across the State.

April 22, 2010
Right Turn® Responds to the Needs of Nebraska Families

February 1, 2010
Post Event Release - Fundraiser with Chuck Hagel benefits Lutheran Family Services' At Ease Program

January 25, 2010
Fundraiser with Chuck Hagel benefits Lutheran Family Services' At Ease Program

January 19, 2010
At Ease fundraising and awareness luncheon Featuring former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel

2009

November 13, 2009
Lutheran Family Services raises $55,000 at Wicker & Wine Boutique Basket Auction

October 19, 2009
Lutheran Family Services hosts Wicker & Wine Boutique Basket Auction

September 28, 2009
Post Event Press Release — Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska launches At Ease program

September 24, 2009
At Ease Kickoff Celebration and Press Conference; U.S. Senator Ben Nelson guest speaker

August 13, 2009
Council Bluffs Shopko donates electronic learning systems to Building Families Boutique

August 5, 2009
Post-Event release — Lutheran Family Services hosts Global Voices Evening to celebrate cultural diversity

July 20, 2009
Lutheran Family Services hosts Global Voices Evening to celebrate cultural diversity

June 29, 2009
Peck and Schneider join Lutheran Family Services Board of Directors

June 19, 2009
Lutheran Family Services and BeCause Foundation to Highlight Refugees from Burma at Omaha World Refugee Day Event June 20, 2009

June 10, 2009
Public invited to World Refugee Day celebration June 20

June 8, 2009
Lutheran Family Services holds Orphan Prayer Service and Building Families Boutique Open House June 16

April 13, 2009
Lutheran Family Services plans foster care awareness activities and holds Diaper Drive at Omaha Royals Community Organization of the night event April 17

March 2, 2009
Lutheran Family Services hires Richardson as vice president of program

January 16, 2009
Lutheran Family Services announces the hiring of two vice presidents, Ruth Henneman and Steve Peterson

 
   

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