Spring LSS Newsletter

As members of the Ohio chapter of Lutheran Services in America, Lutheran Ministries of Mercy affiliates actively support Lutheran disaster relief services in our state.  Together, the member agencies in Ohio have joined together to assist in building a statewide, interfaith network addressing both the immediate and emergent needs following a disaster in our communities.  

The network is made up of partners from various faith traditions that actively collaborate to strengthen community resilience through:

  • Collaboration: developing and activating strong interfaith and cross-sector partnerships
  • Communication:  sharing information, best practices, and fellowship
  • Continuity:  building sustainability by developing local leadership capacity and an understanding of the ties between vulnerability and resilience
  • Coordination: identifying and executing joint training and mission opportunities

As part of the Ohio Disaster network, our shared ministry is housed in the Columbus area.  As governmental funding and capacity continue to change and as the frequency of disasters increase, faith-based and community groups are called on for assistance, direct response and answers.  Estimates show that just in the last 30 years as a nation we have experienced roughly a 400% increase in natural disasters.  On a local level, this increase is evident, with LSS Disaster Services impacting a total of 1569 people in 456 households during 2017.

As people of faith, we are called upon to help our neighbors, particularly in times of crisis. If you would like to learn more about these vital services in our area or make a donation to this good work, please contact John Pyron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614-388-5793.  -Terri Rodriquez, President & CEO

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Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSSNWO) is a faith-based agency founded in 1911 by the Fremont Conference of the American Lutheran Church. LSSNWO is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and recognized by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). More than 200 Lutheran congregations in Northwestern Ohio are corporate members of LSSNWO. Lutheran Social Services also is a member of one of the nation’s largest service organization – Lutheran Services of America.