Adoption Day: A Reason to Celebrate for Former Foster Child

We all celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and other significant milestones. For Kayla Balassone of Tukwila, an annual celebration is her Adoption Day. That day transformed her life. Balassone was just four years old when she entered the state foster care system with her little brother. They bounced around between their birth mother and foster homes…

One Family’s Climb Out of Homelessness

In the fall of 2015, Candy Braget was pregnant with her fourth child, suffering from gestational diabetes, and her family was homeless. Unsure of where to turn for assistance, she called 211 in Snohomish County and was referred to LCS Northwest’s Family Support program. That phone call changed her life. Braget was connected with LCS Northwest…

Gonzaga Advocacy

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…

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.…

Glenda Miller

Glenda Miller’s Journey of Overcoming Depression

Prineville, OR – Healing happens, just ask Glenda Miller. A year ago, Miller had filed for disability and was struggling with mental illness. Communicating was tough, leaving home was a challenge, and she couldn’t hold a job. One day she talked to her bible study group about her condition, and a woman there told her…

Syrian Family Finds Peace in Portland

(Editor’s Note: With the announcement from the White House this week that the United States has accepted 10,000 Syrian refugees this year ahead of schedule, this is the story of the first Syrian refugees resettled in Oregon. This story appeared in our most recent Annual Report.) He’s one of the most patriotic people you will…