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Celebrating with Color and Style in Klamath Falls

The bright colors of Klamath Falls’ Latino community were on display during our annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival Saturday, May 7. Held during the first Saturday in May, this was the 14th Cinco de Mayo Parade. The parade is sponsored by LCS Northwest’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, which was formed 20 years ago to…

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Creating Strategic Vision of Growth

‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40 Lutheran Community Services Northwest Strategic Plan 2016-2018 By David Duea, President and CEO We’ve created a vision of growth for Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan focuses on…

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Patrick D’Amelio: A Dad at Heart

Patrick D’Amelio knew what he wanted to be. “At the most basic human level I understood in my heart that I wanted to be a dad,” D’Amelio said. “It was no more complicated than that.” The youngest of 10 kids from a Catholic family, he had a deeply held spiritual belief that he was meant…

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Forever Young at Heart: Doris Matthews

With her globetrotting days behind her, 95 year-old Doris Matthews is determined to maintain her independence. She also maintains her annual donation to Lutheran Community Services Northwest. “I just believe in what you believe in,” she says firmly and without hesitation in explaining why she donates. Matthews has been a supporter of Lutheran Community Services…

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Empathy Key for Caregiver of the Year

The role of a caregiver is to provide assistance to elderly clients, but the key to doing the job well is empathy. “As a good caregiver, you have to be patient and understanding and have compassion, but being able to empathize is vital,” says LCS Northwest’s Ninibeth De Castro. She was recently named Caregiver of…

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Making McMinnville a Better Place for Children and Families

They work as a team without pay. Satisfaction comes from knowing they’re helping some of McMinnville’s youngest and their parents. L.V. VanBlaricom and Vicki McConnachie are friends. When VanBlaricom retired three years ago, she decided to volunteer at A Family Place, a relief nursery run by LCS Northwest in McMinnville, OR. A Family Place is…