Each year, LSS Faith Mission provides more than 83,000 nights of shelter to men, women and veterans who are experiencing homelessness. In addition, we offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help our clients overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. The Community Kitchen at Faith Mission serves three free meals a day to anyone in our community who is hungry. No matter their situation, when a person arrives at Faith Mission, they are treated fairly, with dignity and without judgment.
While the stereotypes are impossible to ignore, Faith Mission sees what homelessness and hunger truly look like, every day. Each client’s story is unique, but most often people come to Faith Mission because they lack a support network of family or friends to withstand a personal calamity. They’re often people that live paycheck-to-paycheck who are experiencing a job loss, an illness or a divorce. Clients come to Faith Mission for a chance to improve their lives.
It’s our mission to not only help people in need but to maintain their dignity in doing so. Restoring the lives of our clients often starts with restoring their self-respect.
On February 6, 1966, in response to the City Mission closing, a group of Lutheran pastors and community leaders opened Faith Mission. At 5 p.m. sharp, the doors opened and 14 men entered to eat a hot meal and warm themselves. A lot has changed since those days, but our core mission remains the same—to provide a welcoming meal, safe and warm shelter, and hope for a brighter future.
The staff at LSS Faith Mission are deeply connected to the mission and values of the LSS Network of Hope. It’s our responsibility to not only help people in need, but to maintain their dignity in doing so. We walk alongside our clients as they strive to change and improve their lives.
People come to LSS Faith Mission at different stages in their lives and for different reasons. Each person’s story is unique. We strive to meet our clients where they are and serve them as individuals so that they can better their lives. Here are some of those unique stories.
Come inside and experience all of the ways you can help LSS Faith Mission make a difference in the lives of homeless and hungry individuals. Our services are so much more than a bed and a meal, although that is always a good start!
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