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    About LSS of Minnesota

    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.

    Overview of LSS history and milestones


    FS_FatumaandWomanToday, 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.

    LSS Annual Report

  • Mission

    Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.

  • Vision

    All people have the opportunity to live and work in community with full and abundant lives.

  • Employee Vision

    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.

  • Strategic Imperatives

    Our service outcome goals are organized around children, youth and families; people with disabilities; and older adults. They shape our planning and action.



    Children and families will have safe, stable homes and the opportunity to thrive in community.


    Services for children and families >


    People with disabilities will have access to social services and the opportunity to contribute to community life.


    Services for people with disabilities >


    Older adults will have choice in the services they need and opportunities to participate in community life.


    Services for older adults >