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Congregation Partnerships Transform Lives

LSS is a ministry of the SD Synod of the ELCA. We are YOUR hands and feet doing God's work. Last year we touched the lives of South Dakotans 45,781 times.

LSS has been your outreach and ministry since its inception. Today, Lutheran congregations and WELCAs still play a crucial role in LSS' ability to serve the people of South Dakota.

We are Here to Support your Efforts

We would love to visit with you about LSS services in your area, LSS information you would like us to provide for your members, how your congregation or WELCA can be involved in supporting LSS or really, anything you would like to talk about. Just contact us. Together we like to reach all the corners, cities and towns, rural roads, and off-beaten paths of South Dakota to meet the incredible people who support the LSS mission and ministry. We can meet with you for coffee at your church, in town, or you can just call or email us for information.

How We Serve

"I will bless you with a future filled with hope--a future of success, not of suffering." Jeremiah 29:11

I encourage you to read the enclosed article “Inspired by God’s love, Doing God’s Work.” Rev. Sara Kayser shares her personal story of counseling and LSS’s work. Last year, LSS Behavioral Health Services cared for 5,978 people and families across the state of South Dakota.

The scripture from Jeremiah makes us think of one particular individual who we served through our New Alternatives program. He lives with a chronic mental illness called schizophrenia. Before LSS stepped in, he was homeless and unable to fill out a job application. This young man worked really hard to be successful. I remember his words, “I am proud of myself.” Last year, LSS served 3,412 youth and young adults through our residential, alternatives to detention, independent living and foster care services.

We are proud that adoption continues to be a primary focus after nearly 100 years. LSS began adoption services in 1921 helping eight families that year. Since then, LSS has made 4,175 adoption placements including domestic, international, designated and kinship. LSS Adoption Services served 397 people last year with pregnancy counseling, adoption education and placement.

Each story is unique to each individual, family and community.

Funding Sources

To operate, LSS seeks financial support from a variety of resources such as public fees and grants, United Way funding, individual requests and income from our small foundation. Most clients pay for a portion of the services they receive based on their income. However, there is still a shortfall on what it costs to provide needed services. That is where LSS relies on the strong and traditional partnership with congregations, and with organizations within congregations such as the Women of the ELCA and youth groups.

Northeast Region
110 6th Ave. SE, Suite 200 Aberdeen, SD 57401-6266
800-584-9248, 605-262-6300 local
Liesl Hovel, Development Director

Southeast Region
705 E. 41st Street, Suite 200 Sioux Falls, SD 57105
800-568-2401 or 605-351-6162 local
Sara Damjanovic, Development Associate

Western Region
2920 Sheridan Lake Road Rapid City, SD 57702
800-260-1439, 605-791-6700 local
Jessica Lillebo, Development Director