Lutheran Family Services expresses God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family, and community life.
We Achieve Our Mission Through These Broad Service Areas
Supporting individuals and families through the highs and lows of life.
Providing for the needs of children and teens through Prevention and Early Intervention and Permanency and Well-Being.
Building stronger families through parent education, child support, and early detection and intervention.
Welcoming refugees and immigrants through career, housing, legal, and translation support.
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Our Board of Directors
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Featuring 19 locations in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
Clients Served in 2021
Years of Service
Languages Spoken by LFS Staff
Pastor Peter Graef dedicates an orphanage (Lutheran Children’s Home) in Fremont in 1893.
Around the same time, Pastor Erik Fogelstrom of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Omaha founds Immanuel Children’s Home.
The Immanuel Children’s Home opened on the campus of the Immanuel Deaconess Institute in Omaha.
The Orphan Home Park is dedicated in Fremont
Lutheran Children’s Home begin offering complete adoption and foster care services
The Immanuel Children's Home in Omaha launches a foster parent program
Lutheran Children’s Home becomes Lutheran Family Service
Immanuel Children's Home becomes Immanuel Social Service
Behavioral health programs are introduced
First-time programs included marriage and family counseling, family life education and domestic violence support
Immanuel Social Service and Lutheran Family Service merge to become Lutheran Family and Social Service of Nebraska
Thomas Irwin appointed Executive Director
Willard Richardson is named Interim Executive Director following the death of Rev. Eugene Jobst and his wife in the Big Thompson Canyon flood in Colorado. Later that year, Curtis Anderson and Rev. Robert Greene are appointed Co-Executive Directors.
Offices open in Norfolk, Columbus, Grand Island and Ogallala.
Programs for substance abuse treatment, outpatient mental health and home-based services begin
Ruth Henrichs is named Executive Director.
Ruth would serve as the LFS Executive Director and then President & CEO for more than 40 years.