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Strength, compassion, humanity and personal stories take many different shapes at LSS. Throughout the last century, the shape of LSS has changed to meet the needs of those we serve, but the mission has always remained the same.  Today, it is time to boldly step forward into the second century of service. Where all people are healthy, safe and accepted. Where all communities are vital and welcoming. Where life stories take shape.


Where Life Stories Take Shape

Last year, LSS helped to transform the lives of South Dakotans 38,099 times with diverse and vital services statewide. But to see the whole picture and truly understand LSS, you have to see what is missing. You may know us as one specific service, but there is so much more. LSS helps individuals, families and communities of all shapes and forms. All have a place at LSS.

LSS is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, a ministry of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA, a member of Lutheran Services in America, a United Way agency and licensed by the State of South Dakota.

LSS Services
Adoption  Services • Alternatives to Detention • Behavioral Health Services • Better Together • Center for Financial Resources • Center for New Americans • Childcare & Education • Disaster Response Services • Foster Care Services • Independent Living Services • Kinship Services • Mentoring Services • Pregnancy Counseling Services • Re-Entry Services • Residential Services for Children & Youth • Resource Family Services


News & Events

To paraphrase Mick, “you just might find, you get what you need.” A lot of us think, “If only I made more money, life would be so much easier.”  It would be nice not to worry about money, but let’s be honest.  Just like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, we think more money will […]

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – In a few weeks students will be heading back to the classroom. After a tough school year because of the pandemic, an organization is encouraging people to volunteer to be mentors. As we approach the beginning of the school year, soon classrooms will be once again filled with students. The director of mentoring at Lutheran Social Services says this year there is a big need for mentors.