Many people served by LSS are in complex situations, yet have simple needs. Everyone needs food, education, health care, clothing and shelter. The gifts that provide for these needs may be the greatest gifts anyone can give, because when essential needs are met, the difficult situations of life can begin to be untangled. These are not unsolvable problems, and with a little help, people can begin to contribute to society, rather than relying on resources indefinitely.
Gift of Food:
$100 provides a month of nutritious, healthy meals to someone who otherwise would go hungry or feeds 10 kids lunch all summer long, filling the space created by the absence of free or reduced-cost school lunches.
Gift of Education:
$150 covers the cost of GED testing for a young adult who has aged out of the school system but wants to continue their education; $200 provides a homeless child with school clothes, a backpack, school supplies, an alarm clock and a daily planner.
The Gift of Hope:
$1,500 provides residential treatment for a week to help someone begin the journey to break the cycle of addiction.
Gift of Transportation:
$50 a month helps provide bus transportation that takes a single mother to work.
Gift of Healing:
$75 provides a counseling session with a licensed therapist to someone who has suffered abuse, neglect or trauma.
Gift of Family:
$3,000 pays for an adoption home study, the first necessary step in the adoption process.
Gift of Listening:
$300 helps ensure there is always someone on the other end of the line to talk to a person in distress.
Gift of Warmth:
$200 helps pay the heating bills at LSS warming shelters or drop-in-centers.
Gift of Independence:
$500 helps someone live independently for the first time in their lives by assisting with rent and utility deposits.
Gift of Home:
$500 pays rent and utilities on a one-bedroom apartment for a young person who is ready to make a fresh start on a productive life.
Gift of Professionalism:
$800 provides three complete, interview-appropriate, professional outfits for 10 homeless job seekers.
Gift of Freedom:
$1,500 begins the process of teaching a newly settled refugee the English language and a new job skill.
Gift of Clarity:
$260 sends a person experiencing memory loss to Mindworks classes for a month.