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July 8, 2020

What does your personality say about you?

by Kim Rawlings, Director of Training Even though many of us are still working from home, it may not be long before you find yourself back in the office with coworkers  — and LOTS of different personalities! A personality test is a tool that can provide a better understanding of ourselves. This understanding leads to […]

June 16, 2020

LFSVA to Observe Juneteenth

By Ray Ratke During the last few weeks, all of us at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia have grappled with the horror of continued police murders of Black Americans and have witnessed demonstrations against racism around the world, including many places in Virginia. We are committed to being an anti-racist organization. As part of that […]

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 […]

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May 11, 2020

Meet a Board Member: Chauncey Strong

By Evan Ratke There is no hiding the fact that the work taken on at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is difficult. Despite the challenges, however, LFSVA can find reassurance in the unwavering dedication displayed by its employees, both new and long-term. And in the case of Chauncey Strong, a former employee of LFSVA who […]

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April 21, 2020

Take this time for YOU!

By Kim Rawlings Many of us have a love/hate relationship with training. We know it’s beneficial, and often necessary to maintain regulatory compliance. There is no doubt, most of us are imagining the pile of work growing larger while we focus our time on training. But it’s not all bad — in fact, when it’s […]

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 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 with Lutheran Family Services […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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