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April 29, 2020

Why Community Matters: Episode #3: A Revolving Door

Why Community Matters: A Revolving Door This is the second segment of the radio series called, Why Community Matters. In partnership with KYMN Radio, several community members tell their stories on how they’ve contributed to and been affected by Laura Baker. There are many challenges related to staffing… Read More

April 27, 2020

Why Community Matters: Episode #2: Why Community Matters: All Walks of Life

This is the first segment of the radio series called, Why Community Matters. In partnership with KYMN Radio, several community members tell their stories on how they’ve contributed to and been affected by Laura Baker. This episode covers how care providers are essential to support Laura Baker… Read More

April 24, 2020

Why Community Matters: Episode #1: Introducing the Series, Why Community Matters

Why Community Matters: Episode #1 Introducing the Series, Why Community Matters We’re excited to announce a radio series called, Why Community Matters. In partnership with KYMN Radio, several community members tell their stories on how they’ve contributed to and been affected by Laura Baker. In this introductory… 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

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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

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January 2, 2020

LBSA Nominates Two Staff For National Award

LBSA Nominates Two Staff For National Award Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) would like to congratulate two of our outstanding direct support staff, Molly Halls (Community Services) and Michelle Anderson (Oak Street Services). They have been nominated by LBSA for the Direct Support Professional of the Year Award, given annually… Read More

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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

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September 26, 2019

Laura Baker Services Association Receives Grant to Help Supplement Government Aid

Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) has received a $50,000 grant for general operating expenses related to providing housing and support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The grant was awarded by the Otto Bremer Trust, a nonprofit organization that invests in people, places and opportunities in the… Read More

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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

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August 1, 2019

A Toast to Healthy Eating

Salmon with Avocado & Tomato. Diced Chicken with Penne & Vegetables.  Arugula & Kale Salad. No. These aren’t menu listings from a trendy health food restaurant. These are a few items from the new meal plan at Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA). In the summer of 2017 LBSA assembled a… Read More