Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) partners with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope. Founded in 1926, LCSNW has a long history of providing programs for children, youth and families in North Puget Sound communities. LCSNW serves over 80,000 individual’s annually in three states – Washington, Oregon and Idaho – and provides a wide array of community-based programs. Funds requested in this application are for the Arlington Community Resource Center (ACRC), which is community based program led by LCSNW and based out of our North Puget Sound office.
Their Northwest Health and Human Rights collaboration between LCSNW’s International Counseling and Community Services, Harborview Medical Center, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has served over 400 clients from over 40 different countries, in its first 2 years.
Their network of Family Support Centers continue enabling community members to access resources and build connections through parenting education and support, violence prevention, community education, services and events. We have recently expanded to include an 8th family support center in Arlington to serve as a centralized location to house information, share resources and mobilize support for families and individuals living in the city of Arlington and further outlying, rurally isolated areas along Stillaguamish Valley.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of their Children’s Services Foster Care Programs, proving their continued commitment to excellence in their work with both refugee/immigrant and foster children from all different backgrounds and experiences to be placed in loving foster homes.
The Pathways to Wellness program, providing early intervention and evidenced-based screening to help refugees with significant depression, anxiety and traumatic stress, continues to provide these individuals the care they need to heal. Their nationally recognized Refugee Health Screener – 15 (RHS-15) is a tool developed by Pathways to Wellness, and is the first mental health screener designed specifically for use with refugee populations in a primary care setting. The tool has been utilized across the country, with Pathways to Wellness offering webinars and technical assistance to those who adapt it for use.
LCSNW welcomed a new leader to the organization, with President/CEO David Duea taking the helm on July 1, 2014. David comes to our agency from HopeSparks Family Services in Tacoma, where he had been CEO since 2001. He has served in the non-profit human services field since graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 1989 and has extensive experience with services focusing on the needs of youth and families.
His focus will be to continue providing family support, mental health services, foster care and adoption services to thousands of individuals and families in communities across the Northwest, while also cultivating relationships, empowering leaders and achieving a successful leadership transition. His long-term focus will be to lead the organization to the next level of health, justice and hope for those we serve.
LCSNW uses collaborative relationships to maintain effectiveness in the midst of economic challenges. LCSNW works with over 80 organizations, community businesses, groups and individuals to coordinate and supplement the services it provides.
Recent partnerships have resulted in group homes for foster youth, long-term recovery efforts for families affected by the Highway 530 Slide, mental health services and counseling, and much more. Key partnerships in developing and implementing life changing services have included United Way, Harborview Hospital, the City of Seattle, King County Public Health, and the University of Washington, Seattle, among others.