October 9, 2012: On Saturday, October 20th, Trinity Lutheran Church (Badger Ranch) located at 2 Ritchie Road, Woodway, will host an Oktoberfest Dinner, with live music entertainment from members of the “Star Over Texas Jamboree”, plus silent auction to benefit the programs of Lutheran Ministries and Social Services of Waco (LMSS-Waco). LMSS-Waco is a local Waco Christian non-profit best known for its Legal Assistance Project, a pro se civil legal aid clinic which serves to educate persons unable to afford the services of an attorney and who, therefore, must learn how to represent themselves in civil court.

 

LMSS-Waco is listed in the Texas State Bar Directory of Services for Low-Income Texans. It primarily serves residents of McLennan and Hillsboro counties on issues such as child custody and elder law. There is a tremendous need for legal services for the poor in our country and Texas is no exception. Traditional Legal Aid can serve only about 2 out of every 5 income-eligible persons who apply for their services. In 2011, the average annual income for the families served through the pro se clinic of LMSS-Waco was $15,146 per year. For a family of four, this income level is $7,904 less than the poverty line for the state of Texas.

 

In 2008, the federal government passed the Increasing Adoptions Act, which mandated that permanent family placement – rather than foster care – of abused and neglected children was to be the goal of Child Protective Service agencies in every state. In the past, family members who could not afford the typical $1,500-3,000 up-front retainer (to obtain this permanent legal custodial placement) had no other option than to lose the child to the foster care system. Now they have another choice in Central Texas, through the use of the Legal Assistance Project of LMSS-Waco.

 

The dinner will be served starting at 6:30pm and the event will end at 9:30pm.  Tickets are priced as follows: $25 in advance and $35 at the door, with table sponsorships available for $250 (single table) and $500 for two tables. The menu will feature traditional German sausages with appropriate sides. All funds raised at this event will be matched, dollar for dollar through a matching grant through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

 

Lutheran Ministries and Social Services of Waco is dedicated to bringing hope and peace of mind — to those in our community too poor to afford the services of an attorney for a civil legal issue — by providing access to justice with compassion. Our emphasis is on doing God’s work as we are instructed to do in Micah 6:8, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

 

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For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Francine Lumbard, Director of Lutheran Ministries and Social Services of Waco (LMSS-Waco) call (254) 757-3402

Or contact her by email flumbard@lmss-waco.org