Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) began in 1982 to sustain the work of Lutheran Churches that came together to help Vietnamese and Cuban refugees. Since its inception, LSF has been at the forefront of community support for Florida’s underserved communities. We make history daily by continually expanding our services to ensure we reach the most vulnerable in our communities.
Lutheran Services Florida established to sustain the work of Lutheran churches that came together in the 70’s and 80’s to address the Vietnamese and Cuban refugee crises.
LSF expanded its statewide footprint with residential and counseling services in Southwest and Southeast Florida, including its first runaway youth shelter in Broward County.
LSF Children & Families in Need of Services and LSF Guardianship programs launched in the Northwest. LSF opened the doors to a new runaway shelter in Fort Myers
LSF added case management services in Lee (2004) and Pinellas (2011) counties to work with children and families in the child welfare system.
LSF added Head Start and Early Head Start services , growing from Belle Glade and Hillsborough County programs to include Duval, Pinellas, and Palm Beach counties
LSF Health Systems began serving Northeast and North Central Florida, improving the quality and level of mental health and substance abuse care in Florida.
LSF added new residential services for youth with the opening of Grace Place in Broward County and Dream Center in Sarasota County.