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Award winner Holly Ciffra

August 17, 2021

Expectations and Challenges

Expectations and Challenges So how about 2020? What a year! We’re all grateful to be able to be mostly done with quarantine and moving forward with our lives. At Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA), 2020 was about keeping people safe from COVID-19 (both clients and staff) and examining and adjusting… Read More

employee appreciation event

July 14, 2021

Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future So how about 2020? What a year! We’re all grateful to be able to be mostly done with quarantine and moving forward with our lives. At LBSA, 2020 was about keeping people safe from COVID-19 (both clients and staff) and examining and adjusting our business model… Read More

Staff and Client on a walk

January 29, 2021

Gratitude.

Gratitude. Unadulterated thankfulness that I don’t do this work alone. Navigating the COVID-19 landscape, often in small circles or alone, has made it clearer that we need each other: for social purposes, for mental health purposes, for emotional support, for recreation. We are social animals. Isolation is chafing. If you’re… Read More

client outdoors in wheelchair on trail

November 16, 2020

The Pathway to Tomorrow

The Pathway to Tomorrow Change, The Art of Possibility, Beacons of Hope – I’ve written about all of them over the years. We’re definitely in a sea of change. I am inspired by the people who are finding ways to adapt their businesses and personal lives to meet the changes. Read More

creative arts group wearing masks

August 6, 2020

Beacons of Hope

Beacons of Hope It’s a time of uncertainty, heightened emotion – especially emotions we prefer to minimize: fear, sadness, fatigue. We struggle with our ability to feel a host of emotions at the same time: How do we hold fear and joy, sadness and pride, humility and anger? Instead of… Read More

in community standing up together

June 8, 2020

Standing Up Together

Standing Up Together I’m a little late to the support for the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter cause. Why? Because I want to be an authentic and appropriate voice for making meaningful systemic changes that are desperately needed in our society. For me, that takes thoughtful consideration. I – we –… Read More

February 12, 2020

New Perspectives

The start of the new year provides an opportunity to refresh perspective on intractable challenges and to consider possibilities. Read More

in-community-possibility

February 3, 2020

Possibility

Possibility A friend of mine recently said, “… one of the strengths that Sandi brings to her role as Executive Director is a critical ability to see the possibilities. Honestly, I think it is her shield that she wears in this very challenging and, at times, very dynamic sector of… Read More

in-community-tornadoes-whirlwinds

October 30, 2019

Tornadoes and Whirlwinds

Tornadoes and Whirlwinds While LBSA was largely spared in the tornadic assault on Rice County on September 20 (We lost a few trees, and had no significant property damage.), it seems that the whirlwind from the storm remains. Or maybe it’s been here for some time. I’m not talking about… Read More

in-community-stand-together

August 1, 2019

Let’s Stand Together

Let's Stand Together My pastor called me recently to provide support after the sudden loss of a long-time staff member. After we hung up, I paused to reflect on my mechanical responses. I was numb. And I realized that two years of unrelenting loss and challenges will do that to… Read More