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 more than 500 full- and part-time employees, we are proud that 86 cents of every annual giving dollar goes directly to client services.
I felt hope for the first time in years. With clear possible solutions laid out, I slept well this weekend for the first time in months.
- More than 4,126 children have been placed in adoptive homes through LSS Adoption Services since 1920.
- More than 83% of birth parents were successful in their parenting or adoption plans.
- 85% of youth in our Residential Services referred by school or parents were discharged to parents or families.
- LSS Counseling Services touched the lives of 6,690 people last year—people of all ages, faiths and socioeconomic levels.
- More than 83% of residents who participated in the Intensive Independent Living Services reported improved health.
- 5,774 people sought financial education, debt management or financial counseling through LSS Center for Financial Resources last year.
- 96% of our USucceed mentoring students were on track to graduate with their high school class.
- More than 96% of refugees resettled obtained full-time employment within eight months of arrival, and 89% retained employment for 90 days or more.
- 94% of participants in LSS Homebuyer Express workshops indicated they now understood the home buying process.
- 83% of older adults enrolled in Better Together experienced a decrease in loneliness.
During my 37 years of serving in South Dakota, I have witnessed the ongoing gift of LSS in improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.
Bishop David B. Zellmer, South Dakota Synod, ELCA
LSS Governing Board of Directors, Sioux Falls