Since 1865, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has responded to Minnesota's changing needs by being wholly committed to making life better for our citizens.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota traces its history to 1865 when Vasa Lutheran Church opened its church to care for four children in need. Pastor Norelius came up with a community response that inspired hope and changed the life of the community.
Today, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota holds these values at the core of its vision and mission.
Our work is grounded in two principles – God loves all people without condition and God yearns for us to love the neighbor.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.
All people have the opportunity to live and work in community with full and abundant lives.
LSS employees have deeply meaningful work that changes lives, the opportunity for their unique gifts to shine and grow, and abundant and balanced lives.
Serving to Meet Growing Demands
Our 2,300 staff serve 1 in 65 people in Minnesota. We serve in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties and in more than 300 communities. With an annual budget of $98 million funded from public, private and charitable sources, LSS is one of the state’s largest, nonprofit social service organizations.
Our service outcome goals are organized around children, youth and families; people with disabilities; and older adults. They shape our planning and action.