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June 18, 2020

Resources to observe Juneteenth

by Margaret Nimmo Holland As an organization, we have compiled a list of opportunities to learn more about why we commemorate Juneteenth, what it means, and how we can all get involved. Our staff has been given the day off to reflect as they see fit. We hope these resources might be useful to you […]

We condemn racism and recommit ourselves to our work of making the world a more just and loving place.

June 2, 2020

Statement of LFSVA CEO Ray Ratke June 2, 2020

At Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA), our shared mission is to make the world a more loving place by providing services and assistance to empower communities, families, and individuals in their journey to well-being. The scourge of killings of African Americans in our country, most recently George Floyd, is in direct opposition to our […]

February 27, 2020

How to Count Children and Families in the 2020 Census

With the start of the 2020 Census only a month away, we all need to be thinking about our own households and who we need to count. The short answer is everyone, but we realize some households are more complex than others and there might be confusion about where to count members of your family. […]

February 24, 2020

How to Count People with Disabilities in the 2020 Census

Children and adults with disabilities need to be counted just like everyone else in the 2020 Census. People with disabilities or their families may have questions, so here are some key facts: There are no questions about a person’s disability on the census. There are guides to help people with disabilities fill out the census. […]

January 21, 2020

Visit to the General Assembly Inspires

By Margaret Nimmo Holland Our LFSVA colleagues who work in foster care see first-hand the challenges faced by children and youth coming into care. Most Virginia legislators know very little about this system and what they can do to improve outcomes for these young people. Fortunately, though, that is changing! A bipartisan group of legislators […]

December 5, 2019

2020 census: We all count

Op-ed as published 12/1/19 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch by CEO Ray Ratke David was kicked out of school for his aggressive behaviors related to autism. Tonya was moved from one foster home to another because many people are reluctant to adopt teens with a history of trauma. Matthew, who has developmental disabilities, was not able […]

November 7, 2019

Census 2020: Every person deserves to be counted

The 2020 Census is right around the corner! Every 10 years, the federal government is required by the U.S. Constitution to count all residents in this country. This official count is used for everything from deciding representation in Congress to determining how much federal funding states and communities receive for vital programs for their residents. […]

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