Friday, July 10, 2009

Philanthropy Friday Behind the Scenes with Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio

This Behind the Scenes Spotlight features non-profit organization Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. You can read my feature on this ninety-five year charity at Columbus Underground. They also need your help with their wish list. To see items they desperately need visit the In-Kind Connection.

During our interview, Lutheran Social Services shared a special memory about Margot with me. Below is Margot's story of survival.

Margot worked as an office manager when, as a result of downsizing, she was let go. She decided to enter the nursing field, pulled her savings together and earned her State Tested Nursing Assistant certification. She then began working full-time at a skilled nursing facility and eventually paid her debts to a point where it was possible to attend school full-time and work part-time. Shortly before nursing school began, however, Margot was again unemployed. With her money invested in nursing school, she was forced to move into her car. Weary, hungry and desperate, she called a homeless shelter that referred her to Nancy’s Place, Faith Mission’s women’s shelter.

Margot says she is grateful for the shelter, as she is in a safe environment that will support her in her achieving her goals of becoming a nurse and finding permanent housing. Recently, Margot was appointed to the nursing school’s student advisory council, an honor based on her demonstrated leadership abilities and academic achievements. None of this would have been possible, Margot adds, without help from Nancy’s Place.

Lutheran Social Services is using social media to increase awareness about their mission and to engage people outside of their traditional donor demographic. Learn more about LSS through their social media accounts.

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