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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

What is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week?September 19 to 25 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. This week focuses on public awareness and understanding of the essential role of adult education and family literacy in the workforce. Why is literacy important?Statistically we find that illiteracy leads to a multitude of socioeconomic […]

I once had a conversation with a young lady that was in one of my classes.  She had applied for a car loan, and the lender asked her about a credit card she hadn’t noted on her application. She wasn’t aware she had a credit card, but a little digging found that the card had […]