Weekly News from Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
GIVE65 for Guardianship Happening Now 

GIVE65 is underway now and you can make a difference!
The 65-hour online campaign raises money for LMM's Guardianship Services program. Funding will help us continue to care for indigent adults who cannot care for themselves, and who do not have family or friends to look after their best interests.
Among many other services, LMM guardians often help to make difficult end-of-life decisions, but they can also make dreams come true in the toughest of circumstances.
One LMM guardian faced a difficult decision with his ward, Mr. E., explaining the extent of his illness and the need for hospice care. Following several long conversations with his guardian, Mr. E. has come to terms with the progression of his illness, and together, they were able to make a positive thing happen.
Mr. E. had been wanting to propose to his girlfriend, who is also a resident at the same nursing facility. He popped the question and his guardian asked the hospice chaplain to officiate a commitment ceremony, as an alternative to a traditional wedding. The chaplain and guardian joined remotely due to COVID-19 safety precautions, and the love birds were joined in commitment in June.
Click the donate button to support LMM's Guardianship Services for GIVE65 and to help create more heartwarming stories like Mr. E's.
LMM's Corporate Sponsor Spotlight: 

Verizon isn't just a corporate giant, the company has a social responsibility platform, and their foundation is doing good right here in Northeast Ohio.

Verizon Foundation's community efforts focus on digital inclusion, climate protection, human prosperity, community resilience and disaster relief.

Amid the pandemic, Verizon Foundation has generously granted LMM's Workforce Development program with $10,000 to enhance our training with remote learning platforms. They have also selected LMM as a grantee to receive 300 bandanas to be used as face coverings for staff on the front lines during COVID-19, which have already been put to good use as we continue to provide life-changing services to the most vulnerable populations.

LMM's Friend-to-Friend program matches volunteers with individuals in local prisons with the intent of creating a friendly bond and support system for those who are incarcerated. Below is a powerful note from an individual who received birthday cards through the Friend-to-Friend program. This individual's name has been changed for anonymity purposes. 
"Good day to all that read this. My name is Kelly. I've been incarcerated almost two years now and have been in this program for two summers. I was writing to thank you for the abundance of birthday cards. Just because of cards and uplifting messages, it makes me feel like I'm important and loved, and I know that's how God wants me to feel. Your group does an amazing job. I'm glad to be a part of it and I can't wait till you guys can come back again. I just want to thank you for being warriors for Jesus and being as thoughtful as you are. It does make a difference." -Kelly

To get involved with this program, contact the Friend-To-Friend Volunteer Manager, Lynn Schlessman at: [email protected].
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