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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

We are closing in on one year (ONE YEAR!) of teaching during a global pandemic. It seems both way too long and way too short. I distinctly remember those early days of shifting over to online teaching, of telling students we won’t be having classes in person for who knows how long, of the unknowingness […]

LSS Mentoring Services matches volunteer mentors with children in the Sioux Falls area. The goal is to empower young people to succeed by establishing trusting relationships with adult volunteers. When a child has an LSS mentor, they have an additional caring adult in their life who is trained to provide support, expand possibilities and foster […]