Congregation Partnerships Change Lives

LSS is a ministry of the SD Synod of the ELCA. We are YOUR hands and feet doing God's work. Last year we touched the lives of South Dakotans 48,690 times.

LSS has been your outreach and ministry since its inception. Today, Lutheran congregations and WELCAs still play a crucial role in LSS' ability to serve the people of South Dakota.

We are Here to Support your Efforts

We would love to visit with you about LSS services in your area, LSS information you would like us to provide for your members, how your congregation or WELCA can be involved in supporting LSS or really, anything you would like to talk about. Just contact us. Together we like to reach all the corners, cities and towns, rural roads, and off-beaten paths of South Dakota to meet the incredible people who support the LSS mission and ministry. We can meet with you for coffee at your church, in town, or you can just call or email us for information.

How We Serve

"I will bless you with a future filled with hope--a future of sucess, not of suffering." Jeremiah 29:11

The scripture from Jeremiah makes us think of one particular individual who we served through our New Alternatives program. He lives with a chronic mental illness called schizophrenia. Before LSS stepped in, he was homeless and unable to fill out a job application. This young man worked really hard to be successful. I remember his words, “I am proud of myself.” Last year, LSS served 3,412 youth and young adults through our residential, alternatives to detention, independent living and foster care services. LSS served another 5,978 people through mental health counseling services.

An LSS Financial Services client wrote, “I felt like I was going to go under from financial stress. After speaking with the LSS counselor, I felt hope for the first time in years.” How clients articulate these feelings may vary, but the message is clear—hope and success. Last year, LSS served 5,232 people through financial services.

I encourage you to read about the Andera family in the newsletter link below, Healing Outreach. They adopted their daughter Grace through LSS six years ago. We are proud that adoption continues to be a primary focus after nearly 100 years. LSS began adoption services in 1921 helping eight families that year. Since then, LSS has made 4,175 adoption placements including domestic, international, designated and kinship. LSS Adoption Services served 397 people last year with pregnancy counseling, adoption education and placement.

Each story is unique to each individual, family and community.

Funding Sources

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 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, and with organizations within congregations such as the Women of the ELCA and youth groups.

Demographic pie chart showing breakdown of LSS clients who pay for a portion of their counseling services received based on their annual income.
LSS clients who pay for a portion of their counseling services based on their annual income.

It costs LSS $130 to provide a single counseling session. Most clients pay for a portion of the counseling services they receive based on their annual income. The lowest incomes pay only $28 for a single session. This shortfall is where LSS relies on the strong partnership with congregations, and with organizations within congregations such as the Women of the ELCA. We need your help to continue providing professional and affordable services for people of all economic levels.

Southeastern South Dakota 
Jamie Lennon, Development Director
705 E. 41st Street, Suite 200 Sioux Falls, SD 57105
800-568-2401 ext. 7502 or 605-444-7502 local

Northeastern South Dakota
Liesl Hovel, Development Director
110 6th Ave. SE, Suite 200 Aberdeen, SD 57401-6266
800-584-9248 or 605-262-6300 local

Western South Dakota
Jessica Lillebo, Development Director
2920 Sheridan Lake Road Rapid City, SD 57702
800-260-1439 or 791-6700 local

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