Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Holiday Thank You To All...

The staff at LCS would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, contributors, food drive coordinators, churches, schools, donors and everyone who helped pull us through this season of Thanks and Blessings.

We made a call for help and everyone responded with such generosity. We are truly blessed here at LCS to have such a wonderful and extended loving family who we know will come to our aid when we call.  

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy the time with your families and friends. We will be returning next week and will be ready to take on the holiday season. Many will be in need and we will be looking for continued help in all areas.

Again, THANK YOU! WE CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU! We have the best volunteers!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monthly Edition - December 2013 News You Can Use

News You Can Use        Prepared by Steve Tindall
From Lutheran Community Services          December 2013

Editors: This information is prepared for church newsletter editors, secretaries and pastors. Your help in getting the word out is appreciated and will help LCS achieve its mission of “Sharing God’s blessings by helping others in need.” Comments about timing or content are welcome. Contact Steve Tindall ( 302 654 8886.

Furniture Program Needs Transportation

LCS housing clients can get free furniture through our partnership with New Life Furnishings, which is a wonderful outreach initiative developed by Westminster Presbyterian Church near LCS’s headquarters.  Many housing clients come to LCS with very little. Sometimes they don’t even have furniture for the new apartment that LCS helps them secure. In such cases, LCS turns immediately to New Life Furnishings. Their whole mission is to help get good serviceable used furnishings into the hands of people who really need it. And they have it all… beds, bedding, things for the kitchen, tables, small appliances, lighting, chairs etc. Unfortunately, most of our housing clients don’t have a way to transport the furniture they select from New Life Furnishings to their new apartment. That’s why we need a physically fit volunteer with the following: a strong desire to help, a truck or SUV, and the ability to set up the logistics between LCS, the client, and New Life Furnishings. If you are that person and want to volunteer, or if you have questions, please call or email Cher Frampton at 654 8886 x107 or

LCS Housing Clients Get Financial Counseling

As part of the application process, people who come to LCS for help with back rent, utilities or security deposits, receive budget counseling. This used to be provided by LCS housing specialists as part of the application process. Recently, however, LCS decided to transfer the budgeting component of the application to Clarifi, a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing financial literacy training. Housing clients are instructed to contact Clarifi and do their financial counseling component on the phone. This way, when clients arrive at LCS to apply for an LCS housing grant or loan, they have already completed their financial training and come to us with both a home budget and a basic plan to improve their financial well-being. Some clients even continue their relationship with Clarifi to address debt problems and buying a home.

Corporate Support

LCS recently received two wonderful corporate grants:  $10,000 from Bank of America for general operations; and $5,000 from Dupont for food and housing help during the holidays.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bank of America Awards Grant to LCS

Contact:  Steve Tindall
302 654 8886, x105


Lutheran Community Services Receives
Bank of America Grant

November 14, 2013, Wilmington, DE – Lutheran Community Services (LCS) has received a $10,000 Critical Needs Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help the agency with its homelessness and hunger prevention programs in Delaware.

LCS will use the funds from the Bank of America grant to purchase food to stock its distribution sites, and to provide grants and loans to people facing homelessness because they are behind in their rent, mortgage or utilities, or need a deposit to secure decent housing.

“Bank of America’s investment in our organization will enable us to continue to have a positive impact as we provide much needed food distribution, nutrition programs and housing assistance for the low income community,” said LCS Executive Director Jean Warren. 

LCS provides emergency food, homelessness prevention, and other important services for low income individuals and families in Delaware. It has been serving the community since 1959. Projections indicate that by the end of this year, through all of its activities, LCS will provide over 100,000 instances of service.  Its food distribution network includes 13 sites in New Castle County and one in Sussex County.

Holiday Food Drives

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

An Invitation to Theater....

To all Staff and Volunteers of Lutheran Community Services:

Concord High School's drama group, Concord Players, would like to invite Lutheran Community Services to come and enjoy an evening at the theater on us. We love the theater.  And, we want everyone to have the chance to share that feeling with us. We would welcome the opportunity to perform our upcoming fall play, ‘Arsenic & Old Lace,’ for free for individuals your group serves along with their families.

We so believe in making theater available to everyone that we just launched a new program called Theater on the House. This program is our commitment to performing one free show for every production we put on exclusively for groups like yours.  No tickets will be sold to Theater on the House performances. Instead we will distribute free passes. Your group will be among our first participants.

We will perform the Theater on the House show of ‘Arsenic’ on Wednesday, December 4th, in the auditorium of Concord High School, located at 2501 Ebright Road just off of Naamans. The show will begin at 7 pm and should finish by 9 pm. Your group is welcome to arrive starting at 6:30 pm. 

You can order your passes for your group to see ‘Arsenic’ by contacting me. I can be reached via email ( and/or on my cell phone at 302-345-4265. 

Please keep us in mind for another theater outing this spring. Our next Theater on the House show will be ‘Shrek The Musical’ on Wednesday, April 30th. If you'd like more information about any of our shows, please visit our Facebook page at

The cast and crew are working hard both at nights and on weekends to get the show ready. They're getting really excited for the show to begin.  We hope we’ll be performing for you.