The dictionary defines vision as “unusual competence in discernment or perception…intelligent foresite”.
In 1920, leaders of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America and Grace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls (now First Lutheran Church) had a vision. It was to create a home for “unfortunate girls” and their children in Sioux Falls.
From that vision came the Lutheran Children’s Home Finding Society of South Dakota, incorporated under the laws of South Dakota and under the auspices of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America.
That was the beginning of Lutheran Social Service of South Dakota. A humble beginning but now a proud history of serving South Dakotans for nearly 10 decades.
LSS continues to have a vision. Its’ vision is to be the premier agency serving families in their homes or communities.
And it has a mission. “Inspired by God’s love, we care for, support and strengthen individuals, families and communities”.
And it has a plan. “LSS Vision 2020”. LSS Vision 2020 will guide the work of LSS Development and Foundation for the remainder of this decade culminating in a celebration of LSS 100th Anniversary in 2020. The mission of Development and Foundation is to financially support LSS and its specific programs.
“Vision 2020” will guide Development and Foundation in four key areas:
- D&F will work to significantly increase annual fund giving to support both the agency generally and its programs specifically through major gift or corporate donations.
- D&F will work to increase the Foundation Endowment Fund significantly to be able to increase the annual contribution the fund makes to LSS.
- D&F will work to successfully complete a capital campaign for new facilities in Sioux Falls if one is authorized by the LSS Board of Directors
- D&F will assist in enhancing awareness of the agency through a strong program of marketing, public awareness and public advocacy at all levels of government.
Nearly 100 years ago people had a vision. That vision became Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, now touching 50,000 lives a year. Our vision is to celebrate 100 years of LSS in 2020 with a strong, vibrant agency that continues to be the premier agency serving families in their homes or communities.