Who We Are
Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based organizations and Lutheran professionals supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related conditions. LSA-DN includes 27 members that provide support to more than 150,000 individuals in 32 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, check out our LSA-DN brochure.
What we do
LSA-DN represents collective action toward a shared goal. As a nationwide network of faith-based providers, we work together to advocate for person-centered support and improvements to long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Members of the LSA Disability Network gain:
- Access to key government and administration decision makers;
- Work with fellow members to exchange best practices at the national and local level with other faith-based ID/DD service providers;
- Support other network members in navigating today's complex and changing service environment;
- Are represented in national coalitions;
- Receive helpful resources such as toolkits, factsheets and other materials on national advocacy efforts; and
- Are invited to take part in events such as self-advocate trainings, Capitol Hill visits, the One God, One Call biennial conference, the LSA-DN Open Forum and more.
What we believe
Enduring values: founded in faith Our roots are Lutheran with a strong emphasis on Gospel witness through service to God's people regardless of religion, race, gender or creed. Our members are well-established in their respective communities, tied to neighborhood congregations and have met local needs for more than a century.
National scope: local service Together, we reach across the country to share successes. Individually, we offer local and personal services within our communities.
Breadth of services: Our members share expertise in developing and providing high-quality, person-centered support, including rehabilitation services, work programs, residential services, respite care and independent living. We respect the rights of those we support.
Community boards of directors: Members are accountable to volunteer board members not stockholders who work to ensure the members meet individual and community needs.
A mutually supporting partnership: Our members have established partnerships with one another to link resources and skills in order to better serve our communities and constituents.
Reinvested in mission: Our members invest surplus revenue in service. We are not driven by profit but by mission to meet the health, spiritual, intellectual and emotional needs of those we support.
Our Organizational Members
- Ascentria Care Alliance
- Bethesda Lutheran Communities
- Cedar Lake
- Community Involvement Programs (Associate Member)
- Filling Memorial Home of Mercy, Inc.
- Graceworks Lutheran Services
- Hands of Mercy
- KenCrest Centers
- Lifeline Partnership (Associate Member)
- LSS Community Care
- Luther Home of Mercy
- Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc.
- Lutheran Services Carolinas
- Lutheran Services in Iowa
- Lutheran Services of Georgia
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
- Lutheran Social Services of Northern California
- Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
- Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands
- Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan
- Mill Neck Family of Organizations
- Mount Olivet Rolling Acres
- St. Joseph Home (Associate Member)
- The Lutheran Home Association
LSA-DN is a network associated with Lutheran Services in America (LSA). LSA is an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and their affiliated and recognized social ministry organizations. Together, the social ministry organizations of LSA serve more than 6 million people each year.
LSA-DN continues to advocate at the federal and state levels for person-centered Medicaid and overall improved long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click on our Policy and Advocacy section to read our policy priorities and other updates. For more information take a look at LSA-DN's faith-based approach to Medicaid reform.
Learn more about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Questions? Contact Sarah Meek, LSA-DN Director of Public Policy and Advocacy.
See the LSA-DN member resources page or contact Sarah Meek for presentations and materials from past meetings.
LSA-DN 2016 Summer Meeting
August 4-5, 2016
LSA-DN 2017 Winter Meeting
February 2-3, 2017
LSA-DN Self Advocate Training
LSA-DN 2017 Spring Meeting
LSA 2017 Annual Conference
Become a Member
We have recently expanded our membership categories! LSA-DN encourages Lutheran social ministry organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, faith-based organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Lutheran professionals working in the field to join the network. Check out the Become a Member section for more information.
Julie Swanson, President and CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, LSA-DN Convener
Sarah Meek, LSA-DN Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, (202) 499-5831
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