About Us

About Us

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a not-for-profit social services agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It serves people of all faiths and all walks of life, including children, families and adults of all ages.

Mission Statement

Responding to the Gospel, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois brings healing, justice and wholeness to people and communities.

A New Vision at LSSI

As a result of its recent visioning process, LSSI has developed a roadmap that reflects its expanded vision of serving people in need. See “Visioning: Emerging Directions for Serving People.”

Agency Overview

Founded in 1867, Lutheran Social Services is based in Des Plaines, Illinois, and provides:

  • Behavioral Health Services (counseling, substance abuse, mental health and developmental disabilities)
  • Children's Community Services (adoption, foster care, pregnancy counseling, Intact Family Services, residential services and Head Start)
  • Nursing and Community Services (long-term care and rehabilitation, home care services, adult day services, respite services for caregivers and retirement communities)
  • Prisoner and Family Ministry (support for children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers, re-entry programs, on-site prison programs, Building Homes: Rebuilding Lives and justice education)
  • Senior Housing Services (affordable housing for low-income seniors and people with disabilities)


  • Council on Accreditation for Children & Family Services (COA), Inc.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Fast Facts About LSSI

Link to Fact Sheet

Have more questions? See the FAQs section.