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…

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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…

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…

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Back to School Fairs Start Kids Off on the Right Foot

Returning to school can be an exciting time for a child. It brings classmates back together for another year of growth and learning. Back to school time can also be a financial hardship for some families. Children need school supplies, immunizations and health care, new clothes and more. Addressing these needs is what inspired Family…

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…