Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

aka LSSI   |   Des Plaines, IL   |  www.lssi.org

Mission

Responding to the Gospel, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois brings healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.

Ruling year info

1963

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mark A. Stutrud

Main address

1001 E Touhy Ave Ste 50

Des Plaines, IL 60018 USA

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EIN

36-2584799

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) provides critical programs for the state’s most vulnerable residents including: -Children's Community Services, which include foster care, adoption, intact family services, and Head Start programs -Mental Health & Substance Use Treatment Services -Senior Services, including home care and affordable housing -Residential programs for people with developmental disabilities -Prisoner & Family Ministries, which help formerly incarcerated individuals integrate back into society

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children's Community Services

LSSI is one of the largest providers of foster care in the state, with 12 different sites serving 42 counties across Illinois. Last year, LSSI served 2,729 children. LSSI has three kinds of foster care services: traditional foster care; specialized foster care for children with serious medical, emotional, or behavioral problems; and therapeutic foster care.

Foster Care Services provide support for foster parents and children by providing counseling, trainings, licensing assistance for relative caregivers, and case management. Foster parents, working with LSSI, support the child’s connection to his or her family by providing transportation to or hosting sibling visits, and visiting with parents when the child welfare team mutually agrees upon this. The goal of LSSI's foster care services is to return the child back to his or her family, however when children cannot be safely reunited with their families, LSSI assists with the adoption process.

LSSI was selected to participate in a pilot project with the Department of Children and Family Services to deliver a Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program, which began in May 2017. LSSI’s TFC Program is designed to address the needs of children with severe behavioral challenges who would otherwise be placed in residential care. TFC foster parents and clinical teams work with an aftercare family while the child is in the TFC Program, which typically lasts six to nine months, to ensure the child has a smooth transition of care and remains out of an institutional setting once they have completed the program. This program began with teams in Aurora, Chicago, and Rockford and has been so successful that LSSI will be adding a fourth team in 2020.

Intact Family Services are also provided by LSSI, which provide support for families who have come to the attention of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Intact Family Services are designed to stabilize, strengthen, enhance, and preserve family life by enabling children to remain safely at home. LSSI served 1,254 families through this program last year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

LSSI provides Home Care for Seniors in Cook County and Affordable Housing.

Intouch Home Care Program, which provides non-medical home care services to help older adults maintain their lives in their homes, while promoting independence and well-being. Services provided through Intouch Home Care include assistance with personal care, medication reminders, meal planning and preparation, transportation, and more. Through the Intouch Home Care program, LSSI seeks to assist adults over the age of 60, who live in Chicago. This program also positively impacts the individuals and family members who care for these older adults, giving them additional support. LSSI has been providing these services since 1981 and they have proven instrumental in keeping older adults safe and happy in their homes.

LSSI’s Affordable Housing is located throughout Illinois in 20 different locations, offering apartment style housing for low-income older adults. The buildings, which are owned and/or managed by LSSI, provide comfortable and affordable living environments and are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most apartments feature an open floor plan with a full kitchen, large bathroom, carpeting, cable access, and LifeLine Emergency call system. LSSI buildings feature an array of activities and outings planned by both staff and residents. Rent at most sites is 30 percent of one’s annual adjusted income (taking into account medical expenses and other deductions)

Population(s) Served
Seniors

LSSI provides mental health services, substance abuse treatment programs (including residential and outpatient) and residential programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Mental Health Services: Serving chronically mentally ill adults and children on the northwest side of Chicago, programs include assisted living, mental health counseling, case management, day programming, psychiatric services and crisis intervention.

Substance Abuse Services: Various alcohol/substance abuse treatment services, including assessments, psychiatric evaluations, detox, residential rehabilitation, halfway-house, recovery-home and sober-living-environments, intensive outpatient and outpatient counseling, case management & intervention services, DUI evaluations & risk education, HIV testing-&-counseling, provided at 12 locations, including Chicago (8), Schaumburg, Elgin, Sterling and Dixon.

Developmental Disabilities Services: Providing safe and supportive living environments for individuals with developmental disabilities in eight homes, including two group homes in Chicago, one in North Central Illinois, two homes serving medically complex residents, and three for individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome; one in North Central Illinois, one in Aurora and one in Southern Illinois. The Residential Respite program coordinates short-term placement for developmentally disabled individuals in approved residential care centers in Northern Illinois to facilitate relief for caregivers. Also in development, LSSI’s Autism Development Program, a private–pay group home for adults with autism offering residential services which will emphasize daily living skills, general health and medical coordination services and access to job development and training in the least restrictive environment possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Since 1981, LSSI has provided Prisoner and Family Ministry services in Illinois, with the goal of connecting individuals and families impacted by incarceration to necessary services. LSSI provides a wide-range of Prisoner and Family Ministry programs throughout the state of Illinois that last year helped thousands of children, incarcerated individuals, and people recently released from jail or prison, also called returning citizens. LSSI has established ourselves as a leader in serving incarcerated individuals, their families, and returning citizens.

Storybook Project is an LSSI facilitated program at 14 prisons and jails throughout the state that allows incarcerated parents to record themselves reading a book to their children. With the help of dedicated, well-trained volunteers and donated children’s books, incarcerated moms and dads select a book at the appropriate reading level of their child. When a book is chosen, a volunteer sits with the parent to record the story that is then burned onto a CD. The recording and book are mailed to the children at no cost to the family. Last year, 3,703 children received books from their incarcerated parents, through 67 events held by volunteers at correctional centers throughout the state. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, this program had to be suspended in March 2020; however, when prisons reopen to visitors, this program will begin again.

The Visits to Mom program provides free transportation to children whose mothers are incarcerated and are too far away to visit. Bus trips are scheduled to Decatur Correctional Center three to four times a year, typically serving children from Chicago’s south side neighborhoods. Over the past ten years, LSSI has provided transportation to over 5,000 children and 2,800 caregivers. In the 2019-2020 year, the Visits to Mom program was able to take two trips with 49 family members of incarcerated individuals in attendance. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, this program had to be suspended in March 2020; however, when prisons reopen to visitors, this program will begin providing trips again.

Case Management Services are the first line of defense for returning citizens that specifically target critical areas in need of intensive support. When returning citizens are referred from a parole office or self-referred, they are provided an extensive assessment by a case manager. Case managers work one-on-one with clients to comprehensively assess their needs and risks, which can detail as many as 25 areas of need. Last year, 167 returning citizens were provided case management services and received 5,137 referrals to needed services.

Employment Skills School is a computer-based program designed for returning citizens who are seeking employment. The curriculum, developed by a professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, includes all aspects of employment training and an open computer lab. The Solar Panel Installation Training Program is a partnership with Elevate Energy that is an extension of Employment Skills Schools that teaches returning citizens how to install solar panels. LSSI provides solar training in Southern Illinois to returning citizens in order to connect them to clean energy jobs. LSSI has graduated two cohorts, which included 20 individuals, 85% of whom have gotten jobs since completing the program. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has transitioned to serving clients online and is still operating.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 1993

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation 2000

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) - Medicare Certification 2000

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2012

BBBSA 2012

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2011

Lutheran Services in America 1990

National Council on Aging 2000

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Community Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of LSSI's services are to bring healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.

LSSI uses a variety of practices, including evidence-based and evidence-informed models, to ensure that our services are the best they can be. LSSI works all over the state of Illinois in order to reach the most vulnerable populations.

LSSI has been providing services since 1867 and is the largest state-wide social services organization in Illinois.

LSSI's recent accomplishments include launching a Mobile Crisis Management Team in Chicago, expanding our Project IMPACT locations to 4 Emergency Departments, expanding our School-based Counseling programs to 21 Chicago Public Schools. Additionally, LSSI was recently reaccredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA) until February 2022.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Rudy

Retired Senior Vice President, BMO Harris Bank

Term: 2020 - 2023

Rev. Yehiel Curry

Bishop, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Rev. Dr. S. Roth

Bishop, Central/Southern Illinois Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Rev. Dr. Richard Perry

Associate Professor of Social Ethics, Lutheran School of Theology

Elyse Winger

Evelyn Chapel at Illinois Wesleyan University

Karen Dowsett

Deere & Company Worldwide Headquarters (Retired)

Dr. Randall Mullin

Unity Point Clinic (Retired)

Rev. Jeffrey Clements

Bishop, Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Dr. M. Bullock

Executive for Administration, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Judy Dalhaus

Retired Accountant

Donald Ericson

Managing Director, BMO Financial Group

Mikka McCrackin

Executive of Innovation/Director of Leadership Lab, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Linda Miller

Retired Library Consultant

Rev. Kathie Schwich

Chief Spiritual Officer, Advocate Aurora Health

Lee Selander

Retired Executive Vice President, The Northern Trust Company

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data