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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 […]

January 13, 2020

Meet a Board Member: Pastor Richard “Rick” J. Goeres

By Evan Ratke Three decades of experience speak for themselves. Pastor Richard “Rick” J. Goeres says his work with Lutheran Family Services of Virginia and Lutheran Family Services has never felt like an obligation. Instead, the chance to work with the people of these organizations has been a joy and a privilege. “I’ve been connected […]

January 6, 2020

LFSVA works to improve outcomes for youth in foster care

Originally published 12/31/19 in The Virginia Lutheran newsletter By Ray Ratke When it comes to helping children and adolescents in foster care, we have collectively missed the mark for many children. Too often, kids in the foster care system – who have typically experienced abuse or neglect in their families of origin – are further […]

December 12, 2019

VP of External Relations ready to share LFSVA’s mission

By Evan Ratke When you work in human services as long as Margaret Nimmo Holland has, you learn that progress doesn’t come from a single person or effort, but instead from groups of people working in cooperation and inspiring each other across multiple fields at once. Marketing and communications, advocacy and public policy: All are […]

December 10, 2019

Meet a Board Member: Fred Kraegel

By Evan Ratke To say Fred Kraegel’s life has always centered on helping people might be an understatement. From oldest child in a family of community volunteers, to board member and leader of numerous organizations over a decades-long career, to Chairman of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Family Services of Virginia; Kraegel’s catalog is […]

November 21, 2019

Inspired by grace: Reflecting on the 2019 Entrusted Conference

By Mandy Tennity Where grace begins. That was the theme of this year’s Entrusted: Foster and Adoption Conference. From the welcome bag, to spirited speakers, through nourishing songs and thoughtful gifts, grace was shown throughout. This was my first Entrusted Conference, so I was not sure what to expect. I arrived as a steward for […]

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October 24, 2019

Ray Ratke wins Virginia Network of Private Providers’ 2019 Leadership Award

By Dan Montgomery   The winner of the Virginia Network of Private Providers’ 2019 Leadership Award is … LFSVA head Ray Ratke. The award was presented last week at VNPP’s annual conference in Richmond. Ratke has been chief executive officer of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia since 2017. The award cited his “…dedication, vision and […]

October 3, 2019

Meet a Board Member: George W. Marget, III

By Evan Ratke For George W. Marget, III, it’s not simply a matter of volunteering with an organization. It’s a desire to experience the efforts of that organization up close and learn how he can best contribute. As a new member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Marget is looking […]

September 9, 2019

Trombone lessons bring learning opportunity to both student and teacher

By Rob Jackson At the start of summer, after my junior year of studying music education, my advanced methods professor emailed the class asking for volunteers to teach trombone lessons to two eager special-needs students at the Minnick School in Harrisonburg. I play trombone, and with my practicum at a local high school wrapping up, […]

July 30, 2019

Meet a board member: Wanda Fisher extends a career of community service

By Dan Montgomery It’s fair to say that Wanda Fisher was raised for a life of public service and community involvement. She grew with just that sort of family in Westmoreland County, on Virginia’s Northern Neck. “Life revolved around school and church,” she says. “With my family, service was always important. My father, at 92, […]

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