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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

Students and teachers at the Center for New Americans rely on the help and support of classroom volunteers.  When our classes went online last spring, we had to find innovative ways to bring the volunteers back into the classroom.  Volunteers that were used to the traditional classroom have now become efficient and comfortable with the […]

My mentor is amazing, funny and adventurous. – Cheyenne My mentee is fearless, caring, outgoing, cheerful and artistic. – Erica Erica was involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire program since 2009. When her “little” ended their match when the program changed to LSS, Erica wasted no time in letting us […]