How Did LARS Get Started?
In 1987, a group of local Laurel pastors and laypeople came together to develop a consolidated approach to addressing the number of people who were coming to their doors seeking assistance. Religious partner organizations help to support LARS financially and often provide volunteer assistance. Proselytizing is not allowed, although helping clients develop their spiritual resources has been encouraged as part of a holistic approach to our services.
How is LARS Funded?
LARS' funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal, state, local, and private grants, support from partnering congregations, community members, and fundraising.
Whatever it is that we do to help an individual or family in need, we do our best to convey that we are providing "crisis intervention." Our primary goal is to help families become more self-sufficient. We do not want to be a "band-aid" for crisis, but rather a bridge that helps families and individuals overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
2012 Board of Directors:
Board officers and members serve from July 1st to June 30th each year.
Don Ausherman, President - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Kerrie Allen, Vice President/Secretary - St. Philip's Episcopal Church
Lewis Taylor, Treasurer - Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Peggy Benedict - Oaklands Presbyterian Church
Jean Bielefeldt - Bethany Community Church
Tom Bresson - St. Mary of the Mills Church
Bob Conley - First Baptist Church
Tom Dernoga - Community Partner
Barrie Beth Hansen - Laurel Presbyterian Church
Larry Krieger - Resurrection of Our Lord Church
Cheryl Lee - Our Savior Lutheran Church
Susan Ratzlaff - Community of Christ
Larry Taub - Oseh Shalom Synagogue
Lori Proietti, LSWA, Deputy Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Paley, LGSW, Director of Emergency Services email@example.com
Emily Kleeman, LGSW, Transitional Housing Case Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Cohen, LSWA, Permanent Housing Case Manager email@example.com
Ernestine Gibson, Case Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly Kessler, Case Manager email@example.com
Charles Smalls, Case Manager/Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynette Greenwood, Office Manager email@example.com
Laura Wellford, Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org