Gray Wolves

Mr. Terry Bossert is a friend of LSS of Northwestern Ohio and has been for many years. Terry recently retired from ProMedica but has turned his energies towards helping others in some very special ways. His charitable giving plans reflect his heart as Terry works with the ELCA Foundation to support important ministries, including LSS.

It is not surprising to learn that Terry was recognized by Lourdes University in the “At Lourdes Magazine” as a philanthropist who is committed to making a difference in the lives of Lourdes students. He does this by making provisions in his will for 14 scholarships.

Terry also supports the Tim Berta baseball scholarship named after the inspirational player who survived the Bluffton Baseball team accident of 2007 that claimed the lives of six people, the bus driver, and the driver’s wife. Tim Berta is now a coach for the catchers on the Lourdes Baseball team.

Back when the accident happened however, LSS therapists from the Lima office were of the fi rst to respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of the students at Bluffton University at the time of the accident.

What a blessing that Terry Bossert has chosen to support LSS with a Charitable Gift Annuity that will provide mental health services to communities throughout northwest Ohio! We are grateful for Terry’s generosity and commitment to the mission of LSS.   

At Lourdes Magazine, Fall 2015

Volunteers Impact Food Pantry

LSS food pantries helped families to prepare more than 100,000 meals last year – a huge and vital offering gathered from donations and served up by some of the most devoted volunteers on the planet. These programs are extra busy through Fall and Winter months; and LSS volunteers step up in response to increased needs. Our Volunteers were thankful and greatly encouraged by a Thrivent Action grant for our Toledo Emergency Food Pantry.

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LSS Happy Family

Michael is a young man who lost a job and has had difficulty finding enough work to pay the bills. His wife was very pregnant with their second child, so was unable to assist with finding income. The family was evicted from their apartment and, while in the shelter, their child was born. Michael has found part-time work that will shortly lead to full-time, permanent employment.

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Crossroads Financial Opportunity Center

Ms. Smith was referred to Crossroads Financial Opportunity Center in May of 2014 by a local homeownership program to assist client with managing expenses, reducing debt, and increasing credit score in order to become eligible for housing application.  She needed to reduce debt below $5000 before she could qualify for application process.  

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The Community Care Award

The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition awarded the Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio with the Community Cares Award.

This award recognized the Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio for helping the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition by serving as a fiduciary agency and providing office space. 

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Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSSNWO) is a Christian 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.