Some Facts About Lutheran Services in America
Lutheran Services in America creates opportunities with people in thousands of communities throughout the United States and the Caribbean as an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and their over 300 health and human service organizations. Working neighbor to neighbor through services in health care, aging and disability supports, community development, housing, and child and family strengthening, these organizations together touch the lives of one in 50 Americans each year and have aggregated annual incomes of over $16.6 billion.
Quick Facts …
- Together LSA member organizations serve more than six million Americans – or one in 50 – each year.
- Collectively, Lutheran Services in America member organizations have aggregated annual incomes over $16.6 billion, making LSA one of the largest not-for-profit networks in the country.
- For more than a century and a half, Lutherans have worked together to meet the needs of their neighbors. New ministries and new organizations develop continually as new needs are identified.
- Building on the strengths of people and communities, Lutheran organizations address a wide range of needs, including those of the elderly, children and families, people with special needs, communities, prisoners and people with disabilities.
- The two largest Lutheran denominations work together in health and human services through Lutheran Services in America: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
- Lutheran Services in America member organizations serve in all 50 states and the Caribbean.
- Services are available to all regardless of religious affiliation. In fact, the vast majority of people served by Lutheran organizations are not Lutheran – rather Lutherans serve the neighbors in their communities.
- Lutheran organizations invite a wide variety of people to share in the work as employees – most not Lutheran. One Lutheran organization recently counted 28 primary languages spoken among employees.
- The over 300 Lutheran organizations vary greatly in size and scope of work. For example, some LSA member organizations are among the largest providers of nursing home care in the country and others have only one or two staff members and count on a squadron of volunteers.
- Not only do Lutherans provide service through the work of the over 300 health and human service organizations, but local congregations are also actively engaged in providing food, shelter, education, mentoring and a wide range of other services in their local communities.
- Information on the services provided by LSA member organizations and their locations is available on the LSA website, or call 800-664-3848.