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.