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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

happy Staff and Client

February 9, 2022

Challenges and Triumphs

Challenges and Triumphs Well, it’s been an interesting few years at Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) – and the challenges and triumphs continue into 2022. It’s messy. The pathway that once seemed relatively clear is now subject to unexpected twists and turns, or to disappearing in the forest with little… 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

happy LBSA clients

November 18, 2021

Embrace the Mess, Every Step of the Way

Embrace the Mess, Every Step of the Way 2020 AND 2021 HAVE BEEN VERY MESSY YEARS. Both internally at Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA), and in the world at large. At LBSA, our biggest challenge continues to be finding enough staff members to support our services. We’re joining with other… Read More

Client and Staff

November 18, 2021

CARE CAN’T WAIT

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

Meet Elii

August 17, 2021

Meet Elii

Direct Support Professional. Lead Residential Counselor. Mentor. Safety Care Instructor. Health Care Liaison. Elii Garcia has worn many hats during the time she’s worked at LBSA. Now you can add Household Director (HD) to the list. Read More

Staff Appreciation 2021

August 17, 2021

LBSA Honors Team Members at Annual Staff Appreciation Event

LBSA Honors Team Members at Annual Staff Appreciation Event On Wednesday, June 23, we hosted a picnic dinner at A Great Day Farm to honor our everyday heroes who have ALL been doing amazing work over this past year. Thank you to Mark Allen and Craig Wasner who provided some… Read More