Austin residents receive 2019 LSS spirit award

Published 9:13 am Saturday, August 24, 2019

Melanie Jacobs

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota presented the organization’s prestigious 2019 Spirit Award to two employees from Austin.

Positive Support Professionals Melanie Jacobs and Aurora Ramos were recognized at an awards luncheon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of St. Cloud in early August.

“Spirit Awards is among my favorite gatherings of the year, when we lift up the inspiring work of our employees who show up every day to offer compassion and excellence so that others can lead full and abundant lives,” said Jodi Harpstead, CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “I am so proud of their devotion to our vision and mission.”

Aurora Ramos

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The award honors employees who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to LSS’ vision and mission.  Of the organization’s 2,300 employees across Minnesota, 99 honorees were selected to receive the award.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,300 employees and 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service supports one in 65 Minnesotans through services that inspire hope, change lives and build community.

Statewide, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults.