Lutheran Social Service supports more than 800 young people every year in greater Duluth, making thousands of contacts and providing them with the resources they need to launch into productive, healthy, and independent lives. Our Center for Changing Lives Duluth opened in June 2017 and is part of an innovative initiative to end youth homelessness in the area. Many of our services are based at this location. We are neighbors helping neighbors – The Vasa Children HouseMinnesotans rising together to practice compassion. And we are here to support you with personalized services that inspire hope, change lives and build community.
Since 1865, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has responded to Minnesota's changing needs. Explore our history. Our 2,300 staff support one in 65 people in Minnesota through a comprehensive range of innovative services and networks. We have a presence in all 87 Minnesota counties. With an annual budget of nearly $150 million funded from public, private, and charitable sources, LSS is one of the state’s largest nonprofit social service organizations.
Our work is grounded in two principles – God loves all people without condition and God yearns for us to love the neighbor. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community. We believe that all people have the opportunity to live and work in a community with full and abundant lives.
Through the years, Minnesotans have continued to advocate for our neighbors – children, people with disabilities, and older adults – to ensure they have the opportunity to live and work in a community with full and abundant lives.
Through our programs such as Another Door, Bethany Crisis Shelter, Crisis Nursery, Oh No! 18 (O.N.E.), Renaissance Transitional Housing, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Safe Place, Shelter-Linked Mental Health, Supervised Visitation, Supportive Apartments, Teen Closet, Teen Health Center, Together for Youth, Truancy Action Project, and the Youth Leadership Council, we are able to provide shelter, clothing, mental health support, educational support, and stable housing support to youth from birth to 18 years of age. Early Intervention, prevention, and mental health and well-being are crucial to ending youth homelessness and stabilizing families.
Stepping On Up
Lutheran Social Service supports the Stepping On Up proposal as an innovative idea designed to change the progression of homelessness in our community. This three-phase plan addresses the needs of those experiencing homelessness by meeting people where they are at in a dignified and sustainable way. This program is designed to be a fluid system that utilizes existing community resources more efficiently and benefits the people we are serving in a way that builds strength in individuals and strength in the community.
Lutheran Social Service 424 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802 218-529-2222 www.lssmn.org