LSA Disability Network

A national network of faith-based providers supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Who We Are


Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based organizations and Lutheran professionals supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related conditions. LSA-DN includes 21 member organizations that provide support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, check out our LSA-DN brochure.

What We Do

LSA-DN represents collective action toward a shared goal. As a nationwide network of faith-based providers, we work together to advocate for person-centered support and improvements to long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Members of the LSA Disability Network gain:

  1. Access to key government and administration decision makers;
  2. Work with fellow members to exchange best practices at the national and local level with other faith-based ID/DD service providers;
  3. Support other network members in navigating today's complex and changing service environment;
  4. Are represented in national coalitions;
  5. Receive helpful resources such as toolkits, factsheets and other materials on national advocacy efforts; and
  6. Are invited to take part in events such as self-advocate trainings, Capitol Hill visits, the One God, One Call biennial conference, the LSA-DN Open Forum and more.

What We Believe

Enduring values - founded in faith: Our roots are Lutheran with a strong emphasis on Gospel witness through service to God's people regardless of religion, race, gender or creed. Our members are well-established in their respective communities, tied to neighborhood congregations and have met local needs for more than a century.

National scope - local service Together, we reach across the country to share successes. Individually, we offer local and personal services within our communities.

Breadth of services: Our members share expertise in developing and providing high-quality, person-centered support, including rehabilitation services, work programs, residential services, respite care and independent living. We respect the rights of those we support.

Community boards of directors: Members are accountable to volunteer board members not stockholders who work to ensure the members meet individual and community needs.

A mutually supporting partnership: Our members have established partnerships with one another to link resources and skills in order to better serve our communities and constituents.

Reinvested in mission: Our members invest surplus revenue in service. We are not driven by profit but by mission to meet the health, spiritual, intellectual and emotional needs of those we support.

Our Organizational Members

LSA-DN is a network associated with Lutheran Services in America (LSA). LSA is an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and their affiliated and recognized social ministry organizations. Together, the social ministry organizations of LSA serve more than 6 million people each year.


LSA-DN continues to advocate at the federal and state levels for person-centered Medicaid and overall improved long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click on our Policy and Advocacy section to read our policy priorities and other updates. For more information take a look at LSA-DN's faith-based approach to Medicaid reform.

Questions? Contact Rachel Kerestes, LSA Vice President of External Affairs.

See the LSA-DN member resources page for presentations and materials from past meetings.

LSA-DN 2018 Spring Meeting
May 1, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA

LSA 2018 Annual Conference
May 1-3, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA 

LSA-DN 2018 Summer Meeting with Optional Member Tour
August 1-3, 2018
Mill Neck, NY

Become a Member

We have recently expanded our membership categories! LSA-DN encourages Lutheran social ministry organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, faith-based organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Lutheran professionals working in the field to join the network. Check out the Become a Member section for more information.


Dania Douglas, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, LSA-DN

Nancy Rosemore, Associate Vice President of Services for People with Disabilities at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, LSA-DN Convener

Bill Kallestad, Vice President of Programs & Services at Lutheran Services in Iowa, LSA-DN Treasurer

Rachel Kerestes, Vice President of External Affairs at Lutheran Services in America

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