Information about Lutheran Services in Iowa
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Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) is one of Iowa’s largest human services agencies with over 1,000 employees. We are a nationally accredited agency, providing services in all 99 counties of Iowa and with over 20 locations throughout the state.
Our staff includes experts in the fields of child welfare, mental health, parent education, child abuse prevention, foster care, adoption, disability services, refugee services, behavior management and many other areas.
LSI believes in giving voice to those who are not heard.
- LSI is the only nonprofit agency in Des Moines with a primary focus to provide extended support services for people of refugee status in Polk County. For decades, LSI has partnered with people from countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iraq, Bhutan, Liberia, Burma, Eritrea, Burundi and the Congo.
- Those entering the U.S. with refugee status arrive with long-term needs, but resettlement happens in a flash. Families are provided a mere 90 days of support upon arrival and are expected to learn many new systems in America such as health care, education, public transportation and more.
- LSI fills the gap by providing elderly services, intensive work readiness courses, capacity building initiatives and English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED prep classes based at our Refugee Connection Center.
- Many of us know a neighbor, a family friend or relative who has a disability. LSI helps people with disabilities live in the community through home and community-based supports.
- In 2009, LSI provided over 273,000 hours of respite care to give relief to family caregivers, which is important in keeping people out of institutions.
- LSI is a partner agency in Iowa KidsNet, the statewide collaboration of six nonprofit agencies that recruits, trains, licenses and supports all of Iowa’s foster and adoptive families through a contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services.
- In 2009, the average number of Iowa children in foster care, shelter care, or a highly structured group care placement in any given month was nearly 3,400 children.