LMM Welcomes Karen R. Mathison, CFRE

Karen joins Lutheran Ministries of Mercy as the Director of Planned Giving. Karen has 20 years of experience in successful fundraising, non-profit management, strategic planning, board development and organizational development and is an accomplished leader in the non-profit sector.

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2019 Winter Newsletter

Together Toward Tomorrow

Over seven thousand meals for hungry families. Hundreds of people with disabilities receiving supportive services. Thousands finding hope for mental illness and addictions.

Each and every day Lutheran Ministries of Mercy affiliates are helping our neighbors, friends and families battle complex problems that prevent them from leading healthier and more productive lives. The need is climbing, the numbers are staggering, and our work together enables us to develop shared solutions that will create a positive tomorrow.

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Zion Endowment Awarded to Support Returning Citizens

LSS has been awarded a grant from the Mission Endowment Fund of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterville to support a new program that will serve people who are returning to the community from incarceration in jail or prison. In this program, an LSS employee will work with people at no cost to them to help them to overcome the obstacles encountered when returning to the community, such as finding suitable and stable housing, arranging for transportation, and finding and keeping a job. Social research shows that when these needs are not met in stable and dependable ways, the likelihood of returning to criminal behavior rises and people are more likely to return to jail or prison.

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The Rotary Club of Toledo Awards Grant to LSS’s “Our Meals Need Wheels” Initiative

Good news! LSS received a grant from the Toledo Rotary Foundation!

Our sincere and deepest thanks goes to the Rotary Club of Toledo for a generous gift of $10,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle to pick up food for the LSS Emergency Choice Food Pantry and the Feed Your Neighbor Pantries. This grant for the “Our Meals Need Wheels” project is very much appreciated and accepted by Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio Emergency Choice Pantry on behalf of the individuals and families we serve throughout Lucas County and the City of Toledo.  

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A Time to Give Thanks

Each year, the first Sunday of November, we gather for All Saints Day to remember those who have gone before us in faith. It is a time to commemorate those we have lost… to celebrate the inspirational people we have met on our journey and the joy of our shared history.

These often aren’t famous folks, but rather those everyday people who have touched our lives in the most meaningful of ways…our neighbor who shared their backyard garden harvest or a friend whose presence and companionship meant so much in our lives. And so it is this early November, when our thoughts turn to the friends of Lutheran Ministries of Mercy that we have grown to know and love.

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Toledo, OH 43620

Phone: 419-243-9178
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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.