Our History

  • 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.