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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 3/4/2013
2485 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 651 642 5990
Fax: 651 969 2360
Email: NA
Other Names Used LSS
EIN 41-0872993
Principal Staff Jodi Harpstead, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 1,388.86
Number of Volunteers 17,052
Number of Clients Served 70,218
Affiliations Council on Quality Leadership Council on Accreditation
General Information
Board Chair Teresa Rasmussen
Number of Board Members 23
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 18.25
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
• 1,002 campers (90%) agreed that they achieved 2nd level learning at Camp Knutson defined as learning of problem-solving or life skills beyond recreational skills obtained at camp. • 91% of parents of 632 youth who attended Camp Noah indicated behavioral concerns improved regarding the effects of natural disaster on their child as a result of attending. • 2,821 counseling clients (61%) reported a significant reduction in their mental health symptoms - a direct result of LSS counseling. • 87% of 857 housing services families increased their success of obtaining permanent, affordable housing. • 3,876 youth served decreased their number of risk incidents to 3 or less per quarter by integrating Positive Youth Development. • 1,390 older adults (74%) remained independent in their own homes because of the Caregiver Support & Respite services they and their caregivers received from LSS. • 1, 150 of the clients (96%) under LSS Guardianship Options reported they felt they were in the least restrictive, most appropriate environment. • 82% of the 3,186 students served by Foster Grandparents made improvement in 3 key performance areas identified on work plans. • 2,192 older adults (92%) reported feeling decreased loneliness since being connected with a LSS Senior Companion.
Current Goals
The LSS One Year Plan for FY 2013 is: -Continue creating a “My Life, My Choices” world for people with disabilities and develop PICS into a premier Fiscal Management Entity in Minnesota. -Re-design older adult services in Minnesota to better integrate with evolving healthcare systems. Re-design youth services to advocate for sustainable revenue streams. Develop strategies for LSS services to support those designs. -Lead adoption world to new strength, achieve the first year of the Children’s Home plan, and integrate the two adoption services. -Develop and implement the appropriate next steps for the Center for Changing Lives in Duluth and the Rolling Hills housing development in St. Paul. -Develop the possibilities identified in the Five-year Plan to reach more people with LSS’ current services. -Advocate with the legislature and state agencies to deepen partnership and assure stable service funding. -Continue to develop our Outcomes for Public Will. Continue becoming an anti-racist organization. -Build our Total Compensation system by continued investment in market median compensation, wellness benefits, and the defined benefit pension plan per the Five Year Plan. Continue our investment in employee training and talent development per the Employee Vision.
Community or Constituency Served
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) serves children, youth and families, individuals living with developmental disabilities and older adults. The services of LSS are available to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age.
Geographic Area Served
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) serves people in all 87 counties of the state, as well as others through some national service offerings.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $73,964,758 88.5%
Management: $7,864,654 9.4%
Fundraising: $1,718,365 2.1%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2010 2009 2008
End of Year: $4,525,809 $5,387,843 $1,772,410
Beginning of Year $5,387,843 $1,772,410 $8,538,010
Difference ($862,034) $3,615,433 ($6,765,600)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $4,525,809
Based on information provided on 2008 to 2010
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