Legacy Corps

Our veterans pledged to love our country, trust in the justice of our cause, keep faithful, and be loyal. Through Legacy Corps, we have the privilege to recognize their commitment.

LSSI’s Legacy Corps provides respite for veterans and military families, and decreases the caregiving burden and stress within these families. The program's mission is to help alleviate some of the demands of caregivers, and increase the potential of the caregivers to sustain loved ones at home.

Our volunteers stop by the home for a few hours a week, helping veterans or providing time off so that caregivers can run errands, see to other responsibilities, or just relax. Services are offered at no charge, regardless of income level, in most northern Illinois counties.

Services include:

  • In-home respite care
  • Engagement in social or mental activities
  • Transportation assistance to medical appointments or other outings
  • Preparation of light meals or snacks
  • Child care
  • Educational information provided on relevant topics (PTSD, trauma, brain injury, aging-in-place, forms of dementia)

Legacy Corps also provides assistance with veterans’ transition home or to new facilities. We offer child care to targeted areas, including pre-deployment, return service, hospital to home care, and continued education.

LSSI’s Legacy Corps is a volunteer-driven service funded by the Federal Domestic Volunteer agency and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Legacy Corps operates in 15 sites nationally under the auspices of the University of Maryland School of Public Health and is administered in Illinois by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

Legacy Corps Volunteers

We’re always seeking caring and compassionate individuals to volunteer as Legacy Corps members. Training is provided. To learn more about Legacy Corps respite services or becoming a volunteer, please contact Peg Saintcross at 847.293.0728 or Peg.Saintcross@LSSI.org.