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.
Monday evening, March 12, Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio, Luther Home of Mercy and Filling Homes came together for the fifth time as the Lutheran Ministries of Mercy hosting members of the Association of Congregations, LMM Board members and friends of our ministries for our Annual Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
The New Year brings with it new opportunities to serve our community at LSS! Formerly, the Toledo Area Ministries coordinated and directed the network of emergency food pantries. Recently the President of the TAM Board of Trustees commended the volunteers who serve at the pantries, "We are grateful for the many dedicated men and women who have volunteered their time over the years to TAM and the many gifted staff members who faithfully served thousands of citizens in the Toledo area with warmth and compassion.
As we welcome the New Year at Lutheran Social Services we are thankful for the holiday season just past. The treasured memories of these days carry us, with grateful hearts, into the promise of a new year. As we move forward in faith, our Lutheran Ministries of Mercy affiliation; the internal goals we set for ourselves; and how we interact with one other and our community sets us apart from many other non-profit agencies.
Another casualty of the closing of Toledo Area Ministries was the Personal Needs Pantries. LSS was contacted by two concerned Toledo pastors whose churches have been long and deeply involved in the Personal Care Ministry. Both Pastor Jerry Rayl of First St. John and Pastor Al Swartz of Grace, along with their volunteers, said the need is great and the use of an assessor was high on their list of needs to start up again.