America Offers Refuge and Hope to New Asylee

(Editor’s note: We have changed the name of this story’s subject to protect his family.) Hailu never dreamed that his research work in Ethiopia would make him a political target who feared for his life. Five years ago, Hailu would have described his personal life in his native land as good. He was a young…

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Teaming Up with Gonzaga for Sexual Assault Advocacy

Sexual assault is an uncomfortable topic. How sexual assault is handled on campus is a difficult issue for students and universities. A collaborative program between Gonzaga University and Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Spokane takes a unique approach to providing sexual assault advocacy services at the university. Less than two years into the project, initial…

5 Questions: Delivering Hope Is Peggy Ray’s Mission

Many clients who seek assistance at our Family Support Centers do so in a crisis and out of desperation. They often feel their lives have spun out of control. Peggy Ray believes her job is to ensure that they leave her office with hope. Peggy is the Family Support Supervisor for LCS Northwest’s Lake Stevens…

LCS Northwest will Continue to Welcome All Refugees

By David Duea, President and CEO At Lutheran Community Services Northwest, we have a rich history of welcoming, resettling and meeting the critical needs of refugees. We’ve welcomed more than 35,000 refugees over the past 40-plus years in Washington and Oregon. LCS Northwest remains committed to refugees, especially in light of President Donald Trump’s executive…

Santa for Seniors: Bill Looney’s Community Legacy

Bill Looney didn’t want any senior to feel forgotten at Christmas. A man of action, the Tacoma businessman equipped himself with a Santa suit that he would wear to local nursing homes. He brought gifts and made sure residents felt special. The act transformed Looney and inspired him to launch Santa for Seniors through the…

Tim Ward’s Journey of Surviving the Oso Mudslide

Lutheran Community Services Northwest is there over the long haul. This is Tim Ward’s story of healing. He is one of nine people who survived the massive mudslide near Oso, WA on the morning of March 22, 2014. Forty-three people died in the slide, including Ward’s wife. Ward was part of our survivor’s support group.…