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.
Lutheran Social Services NWO nourishes hundreds with emergency food pantry and “Feed Your Neighbor” programs.
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.
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.
The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition is thrilled to be awarded the Look Beneath the Surface grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ohio Office of Public Safety/Office of Criminal Justice Services.