Lawmakers on hand for 'FaDSS Day on the Hill'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED Pictured are (back row from left) State Rep. John Wills, State Rep. Megan Jones (front) Deb Metz, LSI FaDSS specialist; Courtney Johnson, LSI FaDSS specialist and Jamie Johnston, LSI FaDSS specialist.

Lutheran Services in Iowa's FaDSS (Family Development and Self-Sufficiency) staff recently met with local legislators at FaDSS Day on the Hill on Jan. 13 at the Iowa State Capitol.

FaDSS is a free and voluntary program for families working toward economic self-sufficiency. LSI provides the program locally in Clay, Dickinson, O'Brien and Osceola counties, and it's also available through other providers across the state.

"We appreciated the opportunity to meet with legislators at FaDSS Day on the Hill and share how FaDSS strengthens families in our local communities," said Courtney Johnson, LSI program supervisor. "This program helps families achieve goals they set for themselves in areas of employment, parenting or education and helps them work toward economic independence from assistance programs."

Through in-home visits, parents in the FaDSS program receive support and resources to identify and meet their goals, such as setting up child care, applying to college, budgeting, learning new job skills or finding a GED program. Families must be receiving FIP (Family Investment Program) grants or be in the PROMISE JOBS program to participate.

In 2015, LSI's FaDSS program served 81 families.

LSI is one of Iowa's largest human services agencies and impacts tens of thousands of Iowans annually through child abuse prevention, services for families and youth in crisis, services for people with disabilities and refugee services. LSI is nationally accredited and serves people of all ages, genders, nationalities, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations. To learn more, visit Join us on Facebook at

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