Living Purposefully With Dr. LaSharnda

January 29, 2021

I hope this week was productive but fun. It was for me. I had the pleasure of spending some time with our excellent Area Directors. What energy and positivity from that group. There was such passion for our people and programs. I can honestly see why the programs we offer work. It's because of people like you! Some of our folks are so positive and full of energy. People like Jessica at CCLM, Tawanda at Big Bear, Dischele in Thousand Oaks, or Denise in Riverside, I enjoyed the time spent with them so much. They were full of ideas to...
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January 22, 2021

I hope you enjoyed the week. As this week comes to a close, I am always thrilled to say something to you that I hope will inspire and encourage you to keep moving forward. As I thought about what to say to you today, my mind went to the word “success.” Success is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. It is a favorable outcome that may be in the form of the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.” Okay, but then I asked myself, what does success look like for the Believer? Are they the same? Indeed,...
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January 15, 2021

Oh, how I miss seeing many of you. I miss seeing the hustle and bustle around the office. I miss being able to pop into your places of work to watch you work and just to have a little chat. I miss the interaction! I am sure many of you may be feeling the same way. The ongoing isolation can leave even the best of us feeling lonely. How do we cope with the feelings we may be experiencing?
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January 8, 2021

I open this message today with one word, HOPE. Over the last couple of days, I have looked around my home office at the certificates and awards hung on my wall from various state governors, with plaques from military generals, and with flags flown over South Carolina, Texas, the State Capitol, and Iraq. All were given to me as I retired from a 25+ year career with the federal government. I found myself staring at the American flag in my office, given to me because I served in Iraq supporting our troops there.
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December 18, 2020

Can you believe we are only one week away from Christmas? This year is the first year that I have been so frazzled, and I am not handling it very well. Yet, I remind myself, this is the season to rejoice! Still, I find myself stressed, disorganized, and anxious all because the way I perfectly plan Christmas every year has blown to pieces this year. One thing the pandemic has taught me, however, is to be still and ride it out. I cannot control the mail. I cannot control deliveries; I cannot control going out shopping for the perfect gifts....
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December 11, 2020

So, here we are in lockdown again. For some, you are fine at home; not having to rush to get out the door to the office. For others, it is the isolation and not seeing friends and clients you love that causes apprehension and even sadness. For the latter, do not forget that people miss you as much as you miss them. For the former, enjoy; we will be back at it soon enough; rushing to exercise, shower, get dressed, grab something, and head out the door to beat the rush hour traffic.
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December 4, 2020

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, even with restrictions. I also hope you have experienced a great week, enjoying your job and those you serve. For some reason, I keep thinking I have been with LSSSC for only a couple of months or so. I had to calculate how long I have been on board and realized that I had been here for eight months! Boy, how time flies when you are having fun! It seems like just yesterday; I participated in interviews and tons of meetings only to onboard. I loved it back in April, and I love...
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November 27, 2020

"This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad!" What a wonderful day it is and will be if you will look toward the future with the hope Christ gives. I know many are facing challenges this year and may not have celebrated the holiday with family and extended family. However, don't lose hope; tomorrow brings the opportunity for a chance that we may be able to do so soon. Fingers crossed~
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November 20, 2020

It's been a tough week. COVID is on the rise again, and you are encouraged to stay home. I know you love your work and would rather be in community with your colleagues and friends. I understand that desire however, I also want you to be safe.
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November 13, 2020

I hope you have had a wonderful week and that you have experienced nothing less than the love of God and the people you have encountered. I tell you what has been excellent, the weather! It is nice to experience a little cooler weather. Isn’t it?
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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!