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Cup of Kindness

Cup of Kindness

Cup of Kindness offers much more than financial assistance. A legacy of caring since 1926, Cup of Kindness offers support that keeps individuals moving toward their goals. Ultimately, Cup of Kindness is a ministry that provides a connection to the hope that lies in Christ.

Financial Stability

Through referrals from social-service agencies and Lutheran congregations, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI) offers supportive services through case management, financial-literacy education and/or financial assistance to help families move toward financial stability.

Financial Education

LSSI is committed to helping families improve their financial futures. We do this by integrating financial education into all our programs. Financial education offers families an opportunity to understand and manage their finances, enabling them to take steps to create a secure financial future. We work with those facing a variety of financial challenges to help them achieve self-reliance, financial stability, and independence.

Cup of Kindness outcomes:

  • 80% of Cup of Kindness families showed a reduction in debt
  • 91% of Cup of Kindness families have demonstrated positive financial behavior
  • 76% of Cup of Kindness families opened or increased savings

 

Lutheran Social Services of Indiana and the Cup of Kindness Program do not provide brief/emergency financial assistance.  If you have questions or are in need of immediate assistance, we encourage you to contact Indiana 211 by dialing 211 on any phone.  Navigators will connect you with the most appropriate services for your situation.  

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Thank You for supporting the LSSI Christmas Program!

Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2023 LSSI Christmas Program!  We are so thankful for the years of investment provided by our communities to the families supported by LSSI. 

We hope you will join us again this year and commit to support the Cup of Kindness program!

In 2023, we have seen a significant rise in the needs of families for basics, such as housing and utilities such as electricity and water.  Because of this increased need, we are asking our Christmas sponsors to support the Cup of Kindness instead of gift cards for clients to purchase Christmas gifts.

A donation to Cup of Kindness could support a family to avoid eviction, with a rent payment this month and on-going case management to ensure they establish a balanced family budget going forward – just as one example.

Additionally, LSSI is accepting donations for Christmas Eve family experience baskets.  Donors may provide full baskets or individual items.  Items for these baskets include:

  • Family Game or Activity (Must be new – any one of the following examples)
    • Games such as Guess Who, Uno, Trouble
    • 100 piece or less puzzles
    • Craft Kits such as friendship bracelets, rock painting
  • Food Activity – examples include:
    • Muffin mix and tin
    • S’mores kit
    • Cookie mix with sprinkles and frosting
  • Small gift card of $25 for milk/eggs/oil for food activity
  • Tub of Clorox wipes for clean-up
  • Bible and bookmark (LSSI will place bookmark in the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke)
  • A laundry basket to place all the items

Items for baskets and full baskets must be donated by December 15 to ensure distribution to families.  All donations can be accepted at LSSI Fort Wayne North (4031 N. Clinton St.).

Purchase items for baskets on our Amazon wishlist here.

 

Christmas Program Sponsor mailings:

Balance Works

Why Balance Works

The philosophy of Balance Works is to deliver high quality, trauma-focused, client-centered care to individuals and families as they move toward social, emotional, and spiritual wholeness.  We provide tangible tools, resources and education as we help clients learn new coping skills and behavior responses.  Our approach allows clients to thrive and heal in the manner that fosters hope, stability and resiliency.

Modalities

Our core modalities, which are integrated into BW therapy according to family need, includind the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address cognitive distortions and build new behavioral responses.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) allows a deeper dive into the needs for individuals to be in the present moment and the skills to be in the here and now.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) provides an intentional focus on addressing, identifying and reprocessing current and developmental traumas that hinder daily coping mechanisms.
  •  Additionally, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is integrated throughout the therapeutic process and used to teach stages of change and evoke the change needed to embed new skills and achieve long-term goals.

LSSI sees the above modalities as essential in providing the most effective, evidence-based practices for the treatment of trauma and the symptoms that result from traumatic experiences.

Balance Works therapists are trained in MI, CBT, DBT and EMDR at the foundational level. The Balance Works team has experts (highest level of training offered by the modality) that are credentialed in each one of these areas.  Therapists will be selected for client based on client needs, therapist expertise and caseload availability.  Please contact our office for more information.

 

Meet Our Balance Works Team

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Toni Lovell, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, MAC

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Griselda Abreu, MSW, LSW

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Wanda Demeke, LMHCA, NCC

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Amy Drake, MSW, LCSW

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Gretchen Wood, MA, LMHCA, NCC

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Services Available

Balance Works provides several different office-based therapy services for individuals, couples and families.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a research based therapy approach that has helped an estimated 2 million people of all ages for more than 25 years. EMDR helps us live in the present and frees us of the past.

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(260) 426-3347
333 E. Lewis St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress and many other emotional difficulties.  EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.

Our brains are innately designed to heal themselves through Rapid Eye Movement while we sleep. This is why when we struggle with a situation or decision, we can wake up the next morning with a solution. Often, trauma or difficult situations get “stuck” in our memories causing us continual pain, fear, or stress. Through specific eye movements or cross-body movements, such as tapping on one leg at a time, we can stimulate the brain with targeted focus to process “stuck” memories and remove the immediate, stressful reactions.

  • Anxiety/Worry/Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Grief
  • Pain Disorders
  • Trouble Paying Attention
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Attachment and Adoption Concerns
  • Addictions
  • Sexual/Physical Abuse
  • Performance Anxiety
  • PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

During an EMDR session, the client may call to mind a visual image related to the memory, a resulting negative belief about self, and the related emotions and body sensations that occur. During this part of the therapy, the client follows right-to-left eye movement to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain, similar to what happens during REM sleep when memories are “processed.”

A typical EMDR session will last about 60 minutes. The type of problem or life circumstances will determine the number of sessions necessary. EMDR can be used in addition to other therapy techniques, such as traditional talk therapy.

Certified EMDR therapists at Balance Works can help families recover from trauma.
EMDR certified therapists help individuals recovering from traumatic experiences.

Individuals, Couples, and Family Therapy

At Balance Works, we want to help you overcome past hurts and pain and mend broken relationships. We are here to support you!

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Affiliations

  • EMDRIA – EMDR International Association
  • NASW – National Association of Social Workers
  • NAADAC – National Association for Addiction Professionals
  • IAAP – Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals

Accepted Insurances

  • Anthem
  • Aetna
  • CareSource
  • Indiana Medicaid
  • MDWise
  • MHS Ambetter
  • PHP
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

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  • Thank you for your interest in LSSI and our programs. We welcome all questions or feedback on our programs and services. Please complete the form below and note which program or service you’re inquiring about. We will be in touch in 3-5 business days. If you require assistance sooner, please contact our office by phone (260) 426-3347.
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Impact Statement

To promote the overall health of our community, LSSI focuses on equipping willing families facing the most challenging obstacles with the skills necessary to make positive life choices as evidenced by advancement toward economic and family stability.

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We Are Here To Help

For information about participating in any of our programs, please contact us at (260) 426-3347.

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Children’s Village: Children’s Village is a state-licensed center offering education and care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Learn more about Children’s Village.

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Children and Family Services: LSSI is contracted through the Department of Child Services to provide Community Based Services for families involved with Allen County DCS and Allen County Juvenile Probation. Learn more about our Home-Based Services.

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ECHO: Education Creates Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) is a school- and home-based program that provides supportive services to pregnant and parenting teens. Learn more about ECHO.

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Financial Stability Program: LSSI offers supportive services through one-on-one financial mentoring, prayer, and support. Learn more about Financial Stability.

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Community Partners: Through Community Partners, LSSI, along with other local social service agencies, offers parents free help with a variety of situations that affect their families. Learn more about Community Partners.

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LSSI Works: LSSI (Lasting Stability and Success for Individuals) Works will provide a comprehensive system of training and coaching for motivated candidates who are focused on obtaining a career path. Learn more about LSSI Works.

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Gear Up: Through the Gear-Up Safety Program, families are provided with necessary safety items—Pack ’N Plays, car seats, electrical outlet covers, baby locks, baby gates, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and more—to ensure that their homes are safe places for children. Learn more about Gear Up.

Still need help? Call 2-1-1.

You can learn about community resources available to you and request referrals to participating organizations in 19 northern Indiana counties by calling 2-1-1, the Indiana State Help Line. It’s available 24 hours a day, providing a wealth of information concerning health and human services. Calls are free from landlines, but cell phone users must pay the usual charges.

 

LSSI Financial Tool Kit Updated July 2021: A resource produced by LSSI to help families navigate the financial difficulties and changes policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Recently updated to include information on the new Child Tax Credit of 2021.

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