Motivated and guided by the compassion of Christ, we serve and care for people in need.
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida operates five very different community outreach programs that share an important commonality… the ability to help those facing hardships stabilize their lives and earn a fresh start.
Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida was incorporated in 1979 by a consortium of Lutheran churches and Jacksonville community leaders. The first initiative operated by the nonprofit was the Nourishment Network – a small food pantry that has fed hundreds of thousands of food-insecure families for more than 40 years.
Just one year after the launch of the Hunger Relief program (formerly known as Nourishment Network), LSSNEFL began resettling refugees admitted to the United States due to dangerous political climates or natural disasters in their own countries. Four decades later, the Refugee Services program team still helps hundreds of refugees each year, from finding them places to live to assisting them with employment. In 2022, LSSNEFL, along with its partners, served over 2,500 refugee clients.
In 1992, LSSNEFL established the AIDS Care and Education (ACE) program to provide case management, mental health services and education for people living with HIV and AIDS.
In 1995, the Representative Payee Services program was implemented after the Social Security Administration and the Florida Department of Children and Families approached LSSNEFL to help with the management of fiscal affairs for low-income people who need help managing their income appropriately to provide for their basic needs. This includes but is not limited to those receiving Social Security and disability benefits as well as VA and Railroad Retirement pensions.
In 2017, LSSNEFL partnered with LISC Jacksonville, United Way of Northeast Florida, Family Foundations and the New Town Success Zone to launch Steps 2 Success, Florida’s first Financial Opportunity Center. S2S provides integrated employment and financial coaching, along with emergency income supports, to help people attain their goals and realize their vision.