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…

8 Lakes Leg Aches: It Takes a Village to Put on a Bike Ride

The 2016 8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride was cooler than normal this year but still plenty warm. This Eastern Washington event—a fundraiser for LCS Northwest’s programs in Spokane—has become a tradition and drew approximately 600 riders from around the Pacific Northwest. “This is my second year riding 8 Lakes,” commented a rider on the…

LCS Northwest Refugee Work Literally Goes Global

(Editor’s Note: Beth Farmer is the Director of Refugee and Asylum Services for LCS Northwest’s North Puget Sound Region. Andrew Kritovich is the Director of International Counseling and Community Services in SeaTac and Kent. They both started new roles with LCS Northwest July 1.) For decades, LCS Northwest has provided mental health and resettlement services…

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…