Rebuilding Bethany for Future Generations

Rebuilding Bethany for Future Generations


Lutheran Social Service in Duluth has a long and proud history of serving kids. We trace our history to Bethany Children’s Home in Duluth in 1916—which opened in partnership with local congregations. For over 100 years, Lutheran Social Service has provided safe shelter for children when a parent’s life has been disrupted by a crisis – including unforeseen events, such as a job or home loss, divorce, illness, or death.

To build on this important work, LSS is thrilled to be planning a new facility in Duluth by expanding family services to support family resiliency, stability and child well-being. But we need your help. Could you make a gift to help us build this new resource in our community?

The new facility will be a tremendous asset to the community—providing safe shelter for children alongside prevention and early intervention support for families. A broad array of services are planned, including:

  • Emergency care for children when their parents are unable to provide care
  • Prevention and early intervention services for families
  • Parent coaching
  • Behavioral health
  • Family visitation
  • Reunification support
  • Referral to other helpful community services

Bethany Crisis Shelter architect outdoor renderingThe new space will also replace the current LSS Bethany Crisis Shelter in Morgan Park that has been serving children since the 1970s and was originally designed as a split-level, single-family home. After five decades in our current space, new space is greatly needed to provide greater flexibility to effectively address the needs of the youth we serve and meet current building standards.

With your generosity, expanded services for children and families at Bethany will meet the needs of future generations of northeastern Minnesota’s children and families and strengthen our community for years to come.

Please give now.

Thank you for caring about children and families in our community!

For more information:

Kathryn Tiede


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