Inspired, August 2018 issue
Click here to read the story 'LSSI Foster Parents: Important Advocates for Families'

Nuturing Community

Immanuel Manor Residences, Danville

"Hands On" Volunteer & Donor

Volunteer Profile: Mary Frisk Loken

Committed to Social Justice

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Downers Grove


A Letter from the CEO

Beyond 150 Years

Photo of Mark A. Stutrud, President and CEO

Dear Friends,

For most of you, 2018 probably began among family or friends, maybe even in your own home; a place where we feel a sense of permanence and fulfillment.

LSSI not only begins a new year, we begin a new chapter following our 150-year anniversary. Home and community play an important role moving forward.

LSSI moves from not just serving individuals but to helping them construct their lives; from treating a person’s symptoms to helping them heal; from addressing not just compartments of a person’s life but to viewing our work from a whole person perspective.

This is already happening, of course, but will have a greater focus as we move ahead. You see it within the stories profiled here: residents of our senior housing in Danville fostering their own fellowship as they support first responders at Christmas; Evisha and Robert Sills not only promoting foster parenting as they nurture children in their care, but finding ways to support those children’s biological mothers as well.

Our future will approach the whole person in ways that result in their lives becoming generative, meaning they in turn have the dignity of contributing to their home, community, neighborhood, and family.

Our Lutheran tradition of welcoming the stranger, creating community, and helping people construct new lives continues to steadfastly guide us. Thank you for your support that allows us to continue our mission and chart a course toward the next 150 years.

In Faith,

Signature of Mark A. Stutrud, President and CEO

Mark A. Stutrud
President and Chief Executive Officer


Thank You

Thank you for your generosity this past holiday in making the season so much brighter for the families that we serve. Because of your compassion, over 1,000 children and their families received gifts, coats and/or winter boots this Christmas. The response from churches and businesses was overwhelming. These families wouldn’t have been able to provide such items for their children if it had not been for you. We know that at the holidays the need is great, and we also know that there are many places for you to give. That is why we are thankful that you chose to support Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; this small act of kindness has made a long-lasting impact not only to our clients, but on the staff as well.