Living Purposefully With Dr. LaSharnda

April 30, 2021

Well, here we are at the end of another month. I cannot believe we are already entering the month of May! I don't think I even experienced April. In fact, in my mind, we just entered the new year, yet here we are almost mid-way through it. It's spring and simply beautiful outside. You can hear the birds chirping and the movement of people all around. I love spring and summer. If it were left up to me, that's what we would experience all the time. Fortunately, living in California is pretty close to having them both year-round.
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April 23, 2021

I hope you have enjoyed your week. It has been a fantastic week for me. All of the inspiring projects we have been working on made my one year anniversary so very special. What can I say? Thank you. I still love the work we do and am excited to see what God is doing through His people. I continue to look at my daily work as something God has indeed called me to do. At times however, situations can make me question that calling. Especially when I'm being pulled into multiple directions, and one thing after another is demanding...
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April 16, 2021

I hope you have had a wonderful week. This time last year, our country was in the midst of a serious lockdown, and I had just joined the organization. As my one year anniversary approaches, April 20th, I have been thinking about where we were a year ago and where we are today. More than anything, I reflect on how I felt about coming to LSSSC last year and how I feel today. I can tell you, I am even more excited about the job, the people and those we serve. Although I have not been able to see you...
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April 9, 2021

I hope you have enjoyed your week, and I especially hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. This past weekend was so beautiful and relaxing. I could go and sit outside and enjoy brunch, look at lovely flowers blooming, and spend time just eating and chatting. Even my morning runs are warmer (not warm) but warmer than before. It's exhilarating to feel how the season has changed.
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March 26, 2021

I hope you have enjoyed your week, and as we come to the close of March, I hope you've had a wonderful month. I'm so happy that we are about to experience the joy of Spring! I look forward to seasons changing and to what the new season will bring. Despite that joy, it's been a tough week…and if I’m really honest…it's been a tough month also. In the midst of all that has happened, one scripture continues to resonate with me—Proverbs 16:9, "A man plans his course, but God establishes his ways." I keep thinking about that scripture!
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March 19, 2021

I love our daily devotions at LSSSC. Some of the things that show up during those times of sharing touch me to the core. I believe that God is with us, and I pray daily for His anointing on us as we serve those on the margins of life. As I contemplated today, my mind searched for the Scripture to give inspiration. It is funny how God always shows up! When asking God for a Word to share, I came across a scripture I have not used in a long time. When I saw it, I jumped for joy because...
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March 12, 2021

What a productive week we have had listening to Sr Directors share the strengths and challenges of their various programs and how they have fared over the past year. I am in awe of all that you do every day, but especially over the last year as you have pivoted to new ways of doing things. You are the best!
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March 5, 2021

Welcome to the month of March! It's the month that we can expect to see Spring! Yay! In times past, we would be getting ready to go on spring break. Well, not this year. However, I am hopeful. I believe that not long from today, we will be able to go out of the country again and be able to enjoy spending time together face-to-face. Let's face it, we are all a little Zoom-tired.
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February 26, 2021

What's your week been like? Have you been having fun? Have you been looking for opportunities around you? Have you entered each day deciding that you would not let anyone spoil it for you? I hope so. Remember, you have to be intentional in looking for the silver lining.
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February 19, 2021

Growing up, I never celebrated Lent. It was something I knew nothing about until I was an adult. I attended a Catholic university in Miami, Florida for my undergraduate studies, so of course, I learned about it from my Catholic friends. This past week, I listened to a valued staff member, Walker Railey, present an Ash Wednesday devotion. As I listened to his words about this sacred time I laughed at his humor, but mostly I reflected on his comments about Lent. The one thing that stuck with me was how he described some of the random things we say....
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Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!