LSA Annual Report 2013

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Future Forward: Leading Change, Renewing Mission

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the United States. We are blessed with a long legacy of Lutheran service that spans the spectrum of care as our members answer the call to walk alongside our neighbors and serve our communities.

Despite this being a time of unprecedented change and challenges, it’s also a time of great opportunity.
Our members are shaping the future and leading the transformation of Lutheran social ministry – both as individual organizations and as a connected network of community leaders.

Working closely with the network, LSA is renewing its mission in order to better serve our members. In response to our members’ needs, we’ve embarked on a comprehensive three-year strategic plan designed to help our member organizations grow in a rapidly changing environment and transform their service delivery while leveraging the national presence of the network and advocating with the decision makers in Washington, D.C.

We believe, as never before, that this is the time to come together. We’re finding new ways to join forces – member-to-member - and share knowledge that will be critical to the transformation of Lutheran social ministry and to our collective success. Together we are discovering new opportunities to serve, new sources of funding and new partners to join us as we answer God’s call. And finally, we are coming together to collect and share our incredible members’ stories and to speak as one voice – the national voice of Lutheran social ministry – to expand our reach, raise our visibility and advance public policy.

This vision is becoming a reality at LSA:

  • Creating funding and partnership opportunities to help members innovate and grow
  • Executing a proactive advocacy agenda for our members
  • Connecting members in new and innovative ways to enhance and transform services for individuals and communities
  • Raising the recognition and visibility of the network and voice for Lutheran social ministry
  • Optimizing our signature leadership development programs to build the resilience of Lutheran social ministry

And the transformation continues. The future of Lutheran Social Ministry is changing rapidly, but the mission – the call to love and create abundant life for our neighbors – hasn’t changed. Together we can build a bright future and move our ministry forward. Come join us.

Thank you for honoring the legacy of Lutheran social ministry in America, and helping to secure its future for many generations to come.

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Stories of Lutheran Social Ministry


Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn was a resident of the Lutheran Settlement House shelter along with her mother, sister and brother. Through the innovative and award-winning Intergenerational Farm Program that pairs teens with members of the LHS Senior Center to grow hundreds of pounds of food per season, Jocelyn learned gardening and healthy eating skills and helped prepare meals in the shelter kitchen for the holidays.

“I loved listening to the stories of the seniors as we grew food together. I learned where food came from and how to be healthy all my life.”

Jocelyn, Lutheran Settlement House (LHS)


Som Som and his family arrived in Portland, OR in 2008 after years of isolation in a refugee camp. Expelled from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Som now works as a refugee case manager in LCS’ Refugee Resettlement Program and has purchased a home. As a leader in the local Bhutanese community, he works tirelessly to help other refugee families build a new life and thrive.

“It is clear from our example that mentors and volunteers can change the lives of refugees.”

Som, Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCS)


Larry“I started working for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota two years ago as an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Advocate. My job is very rewarding because I … help people with disabilities learn about the rights they have. I love getting to meet so many new and wonderful people and hear their stories.”

Larry Smith, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota 

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