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lbsa client at music therapy

August 15, 2022

LBSA’s 125th Anniversary Featured in Northfield News

Our 125th anniversary is featured in a Northfield News article! Read More

LBSA staff member Kelcey Aspelund holding scholarship check

April 29, 2022

Congratulations, Kelcey!

Congratulations to Kelcey, who was recently awarded a $1,000 Gary Martin Memorial Scholarship. Read More

Two people organizing belongings holding their thumbs up

April 29, 2022

Finding a Living Option that Meets Your Needs

Deciding on what home could look like can be daunting. Take a look at some potential options that could meet your family’s needs. Read More

A Great Day Farm

April 18, 2022

IDD-Friendly Activities for Families

Have a family member or loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability? Here a some local, IDD-friendly activities they may enjoy. Read More

JR Larson

March 18, 2022

LBSA Hires JR Larson as Director of Business Development

We are pleased to announce that JR Larson has joined the LBSA leadership team as its first Director of Business Development! This announcement comes at a time when LBSA is celebrating its 125th anniversary. This milestone stirs memories of the organization’s original founder, Laura Baker, and the hundreds and hundreds… Read More

2021 Gala Hosts

February 9, 2022

LBSA’s Every Step of the Way Gala Raises Over $253,000!

LBSA’s Every Step of the Way Gala Raises Over $253,000! Our 26th Annual (and first-ever hybrid) Gala was held at Carleton College on Saturday, December 4. With a reduced in-person crowd and nearly 100 online attendees, we were able to raise a record amount of money for our Annual Fund. Read More

Anabelle Xiong

February 9, 2022

Thank You, Anabelle

Thank You, Anabelle Through a decades-long partnership with Laura Baker Services Association, social work students from St. Olaf College are receiving on-the-job learning experiences. St. Olaf senior, Anabelle Xiong, is the most recent in a long line of students who have completed an internship. Anabelle is from St. Paul. She… Read More

Teadora Kontos and Zach Petersen

January 4, 2022

LBSA Awards Two More Education Scholarships

LBSA Awards Two More Education Scholarships Juggling the demands of work and school can prove to be quite a challenge. Since 2020, Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) has been helping ease the financial burden of school for its employees who are pursuing educational opportunities at the same time. The Gary… Read More

family at table

November 18, 2021

Meet Sam Gershman, LBSA’s Lead Family Navigator

Meet Sam Gershman, LBSA’s Lead Family Navigator For six years, Sam managed to work as a radio producer at WDLB and WOSQ, all while serving at-risk children through AmeriCorps. Sam explains that he worked with youth who came from a variety of backgrounds – whether they had disabilities, a bad… Read More

Client and Staff

November 18, 2021


CARE CAN’T WAIT To our neighbors, Our caregiving community is in crisis. The pandemic has created an employment crisis in our community. The causes of this dramatic shift in employee hiring and recruiting are complex, but its impact is blunt. We have a shortage of employees within our organizations to… Read More