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Lutheran Social Services

Public Social Services

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio (LSS) serves thousands of people in need each day in 28 Ohio counties by addressing the four core societal issues of hunger, housing, healing and hope. LSS offers food through the LSS Food Pantries, housing and supportive services through Faith Mission and Faith Housing of Fairfield County homeless shelters, domestic violence services through CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, senior living and health care, affordable housing communities and other services that uplift families and strengthen communities. By serving people in need, we are creating a better world.


Mission and History

Creating a better world, by serving people in need.

Food, clothing and shelter are the basic needs of all people. Due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes people are unable to obtain these basic needs. That's why Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio (LSS) offers a continuum of services to lend a helping hand. From single adults to extended families, LSS is dedicated to "creating a better world by serving people in need."

LSS was organized May 23, 1912, as the Lutheran Inner Mission League and was incorporated on November 24, 1914. The League was founded to carry on general charitable and religious work and continues to serve that purpose to this day. On October 18, 1945, the League became inter-synodical and changed its name to the Lutheran Welfare League. In January 1970, the League officially became known as Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.

Today, LSS continues to offer services to provide for the basic needs of all people. Through its programs, LSS reaches 27 counties in Ohio with select services offered statewide. By fulfilling our vision that respect, compassion and love overcome hatred, fear and loneliness, we strive "to create a better world by serving people in need."


Contact Us

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
500 W. Wilson Bridge Rd.
Ste. 245
Worthington, Ohio 43085-2238
614-228-5200