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…

Owning Addiction and Moving Forward in Klamath Falls

On May 4, 2015, Holly Ruiz was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in Klamath Falls, OR. She thought her life was over. “Little did I know that my life was just beginning,” Ruiz said. “I was tired of the ball and chain that is methamphetamine.” Ruiz was “seriously freaking out” when she went to Drug…

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…

Elise and Marigold

Elise and Marigold: True LCS Northwest Teamwork

Spokane – The office door should read: Elise Hutchison, Therapist/Case Manager. Just below that, it should read: Marigold, Guide Dog/Therapist. Marigold is new to the LCS Northwest Spokane office. She is the only Golden Retriever working there. Hutchison is legally blind, as she has a condition called Dominant Optic Atrophy. Marigold was trained as a…

LCS Northwest will Welcome Syrian Refugees in 2016

By David Duea, President and CEO of Lutheran Community Services Northwest With great sadness, we continue to read the news of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday. We mourn for those who were killed and injured. We also pray for the millions of refugees who are fleeing Syria as they seek safety from…

Crawmers Find Hope in Kennewick Wraparound

(Editor’s note: Amanda Crawmer is a former Miss Washington. She is also a classical pianist. In January 2015, she gave up a successful career as a piano teacher to work for LCSNW. She most recently took on the position of Family System Youth Partner Round Table (FYSPRT) Coordinator. This story is about her son’s experience…