Being There, Changing Lives

LSS has a strong tradition of compassion, vision and leadership in serving individuals, families and communities across the state. With a $22 million annual budget and 500 full- and part-time employees, we are proud that 87 cents of every annual giving dollar goes directly to client services.


  • LSS Counseling Services touched the lives of 5,259 people last year—people of all ages, faiths and socioeconomic levels.
  • 7,044 people sought financial education, debt management or financial counseling through LSS Center for Financial Resources last year.
  • 90% of clients enrolled in our debt management plans successfully completed their plans and goals through the Center for Financial Resources.
  • 92% of clients who received financial counseling reported reduced stress after meeting with their counselor.
  • LSS has the ability to mobilize, establish and operate a Disaster Volunteer Service Center to assess needs, coordinate volunteer efforts and provide leadership in Disaster Case Management. We are not first responders, but we are often the last to leave.
  • Center for New Americans prepared 329 workers for full-time employment.
  • Approximately 85% of refugees resettled obtained full-time employment within eight months of arrival, and 82% were retained for 90 days or more.
  • Respect is a core value of LSS. According to LSS client survey results, more than 95% of our clients felt that they were treated with respect and 97% said they would return for services.

LSS provides the help and services in areas that are underserved and often forgotten. It is quality and timely service. Barb Fishback, Governing Board of Directors, Brookings

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