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.…

Rick Steves Admires Europe’s Passion for Community

A crowd of nearly 400 LCS Northwest supporters heard travel icon Ricks Steves talk about how travel has given him a broader perspective of the world. His views have evolved by getting to know the people in the places where he travels, which is primarily Europe. Steves was the keynote speaker for our annual North…

Memory Cafés

Pierce County Memory Cafés Expanding to Gig Harbor

From the time of signing in until putting on a coat to leave, positive energy fills the room. Some will not remember the experience, but everyone seems to be having a good time. These are LCS Northwest’s Pierce County Memory Cafés. They are monthly gatherings for people at all stages of dementia, care partners and…