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2014 Annual Report

  • Being a Great Neighbor

    Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has been innovating and loving our neighbors for 150 years.

  • Message from CEO Jodi Harpstead

    CEO Jodi Harpstead Mar2015Our 150th Anniversary has taken me into the LSS Archives to prepare for celebrating 150 years of innovating in loving our neighbors. 

    In many ways, we are coming full circle. A single gesture of loving the neighbor grew into a shared purpose. That shared purpose grew into organizations and institutions providing services neighbors once provided. 

    Now, we find ourselves looking back to our neighbors so our communities remain healthy, vital and engaged.

    Message from CEO Jodi Harpstead >

  • Organizational Performance


    2014 Highlights

    5% Campaign | Altair ACO (Accountable Care Organization) | Abundant Aging - Claiming Your Place at the Fire | Center for Changing Lives Duluth | Children’s Home Affiliation | Touchstone Award for LSS Disaster Services | A Conversation on Open Adoption Records | LSS Employee Engagement

    Innovative Service Design

    In addition to serving our neighbors, innovative service design allows us to say how life ought to go for the people we support and to re-imagine how services could work much better in support of our mission.

    2014 Audited Financials


  • Results by Area of Service



    “I have found strength in knowing thatwe’re not alone.”  
    Alberta,  LSS Kinship Family Support Services 

    Alberta and her family received support from LSS during a critical time of transition >



    Children, Youth and Families

    Minnesota’s children, youth and families have safe, stable homes and the opportunity to thrive in community.

    • Adoption
    • Behavioral Health
    • Camp Knutson
    • The Center for Changing Live
    • Disaster Services and
    • Camp Noah
    • Employment Services
    • Financial Counseling
    • Housing Development
    • Refugee Service
    • Youth, Housing and Family Resources

    Service results >



    “The best thing in your life is to dosomething for others.” 
    Yakov, LSS Senior Companions 

    Yakov helped 46 seniors remain independent by volunteering >



    Older Adults

    Minnesota’s older adults have choice in their services and opportunities to contribute to community.

    • Guardianship Options
    • Senior Corps (Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents)
    • Caregiver Support and Respite Services
    • Senior Nutrition

    Service results >



    “The day Nanree moved in with us was magic."
    Florence, LSS Host Homes 

    At age 25, Nanree already conquered more challenges than most people face in a lifetime >


    People With Disabilities

    Minnesota’s people with disabilities have access to services and a full life in community.

    • Personal Support Services
    • Partners in Community Supports (PICS)

    Service results >

  • Past Annual Reports