Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota2485 Como AvenueSt. Paul, MN 55108651.642.5990800.582.5260
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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota traces its history to 1865 when Vasa Lutheran Church near Red Wing opened its church to care for four children in need.
These children, new immigrants from Sweden, were the four surviving children of Mikola Erikson and his wife. Suddenly, they found themselves without home or family.
Pastor Norelius brought the children to Vasa and arranged care for them in a refurbished church basement. This later became Vasa Children’s Home, Minnesota’s first and oldest orphanage.
Pastor Norelius saw children in need and came up with a community response that inspired hope and changed their lives and the life of the community.
Today, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota holds these values at the core of its vision and mission. These values guide the efforts of LSS and empowers us to overcome any challenge and, in doing so, achieve results that endure.
Through the years, Minnesotans have continued to advocate for our most vulnerable citizens - children, people with disabilities, and the elderly - to ensure they have the opportunity to live and work in community with safety, dignity and hope.
Camp Knutson renovation is completed, creating a world-class camp for kids with special needs.First transitional housing for homeless teen mothers opens in Saint Paul.Severe state budget cuts results in program closures for kids and losses in funding for persons with disabilities, frail elderly, homeless youth and crisis nurseries.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota | 2485 Como Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108 | 651.642.5990 | 1.800.582.5260