Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides food pantries, homeless shelters, senior living residences, affordable housing communities and other services in the Columbus, Ohio area. Lutheran Social Services was organized in 1912, and helps create a better world by serving people in need, particularly in the areas of food, clothing, and shelter. Through its Faith Mission, Lutheran Social Services has provided walk-in emergency shelter for homeless men and women in Columbus since 1966. Faith Mission also provides food and clothing assistance, and access to longer-term solutions such as housing, employment assistance, medical, dental, vision, counseling, and support services. Faith Mission has provided medical, dental, and vision services through a variety of partnerships and volunteers since 1991. Increasingly, these partnerships and volunteers have been inadequate to meet the medical needs of the homeless population.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a New Access Point awardee launching its Health Care for the Homeless program in 2017.