Congregational Giving Changes Lives
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota is a supported ministry of the SD Synod of the ELCA. We are YOUR hands doing God's work.
Your congregation's support is vital to the work we do - last year we reached more than 57,000 South Dakotans.
To operate, LSS seeks financial support from a variety of resources such as public fees and grants, United Way funding, individual requests and income from our small foundation. Most clients also pay for a portion of the services they receive based on their income.
However, there is still a shortfall on what it costs to provide needed services. That is where LSS relies on the strong and traditional partnership with congregations. LSS has been your outreach and ministry since its inception. As you know, the Lutheran church started the "Lutheran Welfare League" as its healing hands. Today, Lutheran congregations still play a crucial role in LSS' ability to serve the people of South Dakota.
If we do not receive funding from outside sources, we are unable to provide needed services. Last year, LSS received more than $64,000 from 98 ELCA congregations statewide. Won't your congregation help this year?! Consider what those dollars did:
- A young man in residential care learned to accept authority, succeeded in public school, joined a sports team, and served as a mentor to other young former gang members.
- Through counseling, a woman who went through a particularly rough divorce found peace and hope for the future.
- A refugee family found a home and people who cared when they arrived.
- A couple at risk of losing their home, found hope and felt like "300 pounds were lifted from our shoulders" after receiving counseling through Consumer Credit Counseling Service.
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