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$23 billion

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25 years

making an impact as a national network

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6 million

people empowered across 1,400 communities


Lutheran Services in America Expands Its Rural Aging Initiative

Lutheran Services in America is expanding its work to address the increasing number of older adults in rural Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota experiencing social isolation and difficulty accessing services and supports to successfully age at home.

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2021 Annual Report Available

Last year presented new opportunities and challenges that tested the fabric of our network and our nation. Today we remain united in our mission to strengthen communities across the country. Discover what made 2021 such a remarkable year and how our national nonprofit network of Lutheran health and human services organizations is empowering people in America to lead their best lives.

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Renada Johnson Joins Us to Lead the Results Innovation Lab, Launch of Results Network Year 3

Renada will lead the Results Network and the Family Stabilization Initiative, two prominent initiatives in the Results Innovation Lab committed to empowering families and transforming policy and practice in the child welfare system.

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Keeping Kids Out of Group Placements and in Families

Our board member Dr. Antonio Oftelie of Harvard University will join the Annie E. Casey Foundation for an interview about keeping children with their families and preventing out-of-home placements. Dr. Oftelie is the author of a white paper about transforming child welfare that offers valuable insights gathered through our Results Innovation Lab. Watch the interview live on June 27 at 3 p.m. ET! Stay tuned for a link to the Instagram Live event and in the meantime, learn more about our Results Innovation Lab and Dr. Oftelie’s report.

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Lutheran Services in America Meets with CMS Administrator, Continues Driving Home the Impact of the Direct Care Workforce Crisis

We are continuing our work to raise awareness of the impact on access to care as a result of the ongoing workforce shortage crisis in direct care—and drive action in the Biden Administration that will help address the problem. Our recent meeting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services illustrates our strength in numbers when we come together.

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Lutheran Services in America Chief Charlotte Haberaecker to Retire After Decade of Leadership

Charlotte Haberaecker’s retirement culminates a more than 40-year career of leading transformational change across the nonprofit, public and private sectors. During her tenure as president and CEO, Lutheran Services in America forged new partnerships and leveraged the collaborative spirit of its national network to advance innovation and drive systemic change for people and communities.

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Webinar Series: Evidence-Based Practice



Cyber Ready — Is Your Organization Prepared to Combat The Next Cyber Attack?


July 13, 2022

1:00 pm ET



CEO Summit 2023: Future-Ready!

Join us for our premier event at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

January 22, 2023 - January 25, 2023



A unique, trusted learning environment where our network’s leaders examine success factors and exchange experiences with peers who share a core set of values and a mission to empower people and communities across our nation.


An interactive, virtual gathering of the best minds in our space, laser-focused on examining and tackling the unintended consequences and uncertainties in today’s climate—all with the goal of helping move your organization forward.



300 health and human services organizations in 1,400 communities



Knowledge is a Key to Freedom

Sheyla made excellent grades but felt cut off from the world during the COVID lockdown. She got a boost from the Upward Bound program run by our member Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. Now, Sheyla is off to Yale in the fall!

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Adam Libby: A Bold Chef Who’s Become a Social Media Phenomenon

With support from his sisters and his community living coordinator at Living Innovations, a service of our member Mosaic, Chef Adam Libby has become the face of confidence for people with disabilities.

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Ukrainian Sanford Health Nurse Reunites with her Family

Olha Finnelly is a nurse at a local Sanford Health clinic whose family lives in Ukraine. Olha’s colleagues raised $3,000 to fund travel expenses for her family to make it out of Ukraine and reunite with her in the United States.

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Shelley Kendrick Recognized in 2022 Women in Business List

Shelley Kendrick, the president and CEO of our member Ecumen, was named by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal in its 2022 Women in Business list. The list, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, recognizes more than 50 female business leaders in the Twin Cities area for their professional achievements and contributions to the community.

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2022 Leadership Awards

Marian Baldini, president and CEO of our member organization KenCrest, is a true-servant leader who has inspired nearly 2,000 team members to empower the disability community. We recognized Marian with our inaugural Paragon Award – The Ken Daly Award for Excellence in Mentorship, for embodying the spirit of one our network’s most tireless ambassadors and generously lifting up the next group of leaders in our national network!

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Get timely updates on what’s going on with Lutheran Services in America and our nationwide network of member organizations.

“Serving on the Board of Lutheran Services in America is a calling for me. They are on the forefront of innovation, with nationwide impact that will help lift up children, families and communities. We’re hoping you can join us on this journey. We need you. Will you join me?”

Dr. Antonio Oftelie

Executive Director
Leadership for a Networked World
Harvard University