Stories of Community and Hope from Summer Camp

By: Ruth Osorio, Guest Blogger Summer camp is about stories. Sure, it’s also about camp fires, archery, arts and crafts, and spending time in nature. But stories are what make camp such a special place for so many children and young adults. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area’s Youth Haven Summer Camp is … More Stories of Community and Hope from Summer Camp

Living Lutheran Magazine Features LSS/NCA

“In places of Washington D.C., where tourists rarely visit, a quiet epidemic is raging. At least 3% of residents–more than 20,000 people–suffer from HIV and AIDS. According to the Washington Post, the HIV incidence rate in D.C. is on par with Uganda and Kenya.”  This is the opening line to Living Lutheran Magazine’s centerfold article … More Living Lutheran Magazine Features LSS/NCA

Unexpected Blessings

Sometimes the most precious gifts show up in the least expected places. To our families in need and to staff at LSS/NCA, every gesture of good will is a miracle. Last winter, Youth Haven Camps & Retreats received a grant from the Miller & Chevalier Charitable Foundation in a serendipitous turn of events. Employees of the … More Unexpected Blessings

Families Affected by HIV/AIDS Empowered During Emotional Art Reveal

“Our Budsie is about unity. Life can be hard sometimes so that is what the dark wing is for. And the good times is [represented] in the halo,” said Devante as he explained his family’s Budsies drawing to the others. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) partnered with Budsies™—a company that makes … More Families Affected by HIV/AIDS Empowered During Emotional Art Reveal

Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Haven Teens Explore the Future

Youth Haven, refugee, and foster care youth explored careers and higher education options this spring at our first ever combined-program retreat.  LSS/NCA youth, ages 15-20, were invited to explore various career and educational opportunities while building new friendships.  Retreat attendees included DC-born youth and immigrants from around the world.  Bringing together young people from diverse … More Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Haven Teens Explore the Future

“Joy From Your Heart to Theirs”

“Your pillowcases are meant to comfort these children. They’ll lie on something soft and colorful, and they will feel that someone is thinking about them,” said Youth Haven ambassador Balinda Cunningham as she received a bounty of hand-made pillowcases from Mary Younkins.  “You’re spreading joy from your heart to theirs. Thank you!” Mary was a … More “Joy From Your Heart to Theirs”

National Women’s and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Where Do We Stand?

“Education is spreading hope. Millions are now learning to live with HIV/AIDS; instead of waiting to die from it.” Laura Welch Bush According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly 2.7% of those living in Washington, DC have been diagnosed with HIV. This is higher than any state in the US and is more than double … More National Women’s and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Where Do We Stand?