Bridge of Hope is a church-based approach to ending homelessness. Bridge of Hope affiliates, such as Lutheran Services Carolinas, provide professional staff to work with area churches to help single mothers find stability and permanent housing for their families.
To learn more, visit lscarolinas.bridgeofhopeinc.org.
LSC is the lead agency for Lutheran Disaster Response in North and South Carolina. LSC facilitates disaster preparedness and response services to congregations, families, and individuals through a two-state collaborative called Lutheran Disaster Coalition of the Carolinas (LDCC).
To learn more, visit www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response.
Since its inception in 1939, LIRS has helped over 379,000 refugees build new lives in the United States largely due to its nationwide network of local resettlement partners like Lutheran Services Carolinas. Together with churches and community volunteers, refugees are receiving the support they need to find welcome and success in American communities.
Visit lirs.org to learn more.
The Lutheran Support Group of Gaston provides ongoing support for LSC in Gaston County including support for Faith Farm, which provides transitional housing for female veterans in Dallas; and Mountain Ridge, a group home for adults with developmental disabilities in Gastonia. This coalition of 15 Lutheran Churches helps with maintenance and upkeep of these spaces and offers hospitality to residents through their congregations
Perched on a hill at the edge of Lenoir-Rhyne University and next to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC, sits Lutherhaus, a small apartment complex that has been serving low income seniors and people with disabilities since 1981. Updated in 2008, the 50 pet-friendly 600-square-foot apartments feature walk-in closets, balconies, and safety-call systems. Call (828) 327-0393 to learn more.
PACE is a Medicare program and Medicaid option for North Carolinians age 55 and over who are in need of skilled nursing care but wish to receive that care in their own homes. Lutheran Services Carolinas now collaborates in two North Carolina PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) initiatives:
PACE@Home is located in Newton, NC. Learn more by visiting www.pace-at-home.org.
Senior TLC in Gastonia, NC opened in January 2014. Learn more by calling (704) 874-0603 or by visiting Senior TLC on Facebook.
For many years, the state of North Carolina has worked toward creating alternative housing options that could offer a home environment for every child. Rapid Resource for Families is a nonprofit organization created by Alexander Youth Network, Barium Springs Home for Children, Easter Seals UCP, and Lutheran Services Carolinas to help children transition from group homes to therapeutic foster care.
Learn more by visiting ncrapidresource.org.
Located in Cary, NC, SearStone defines itself as a “New Urbanist” community designed for those age 62 and “better.” The Searstone community is up and running but continues to grow. As a SearStone sponsor, LSC assists in directing a portion of the proceeds from this not-for-profit venture to benefit eldercare programs in the Triangle area.
Visit www.searstone.com to learn more.
Serving Cup, in Raleigh, NC, offers support to adults with disabilities including many LSC clients. One popular Serving Cup project is its Coffeehouse ministry, which offers adults with disabilities and their caregivers a place to enjoy entertainment and special events while connecting to local resources. The Serving Cup ministry was also key in the establishment of LSC’s Green Level Apartments, and Whittecar House, and has most recently partnered with LSC and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County on the Building Independence project, which is in the process of constructing three independent living houses for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Wake County. For more about Serving Cup, click here. For more about Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, click here.
Lutheran Services Carolines entered into a partnership in 2013 with Carolina Therapy Services to establish Trinity Rehab, a for-profit organization. Because half of Trinity Rehab is owned by LSC affiliate LSA Therapy, half of its profits are available to further the mission of LSC. Trinity Rehab provides speech, occupational, and physical therapy services to LSC senior services operations. The partnership gives LSC a more active role in the provision of those services.
The Veterans Administrations of North and South Carolina have partnered with Lutheran Services Carolinas to provide the residents of Faith Farm, Kinard Manor, and Angel’s House, LSC’s transitional housing for veterans at risk of homelessness, with assessment, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, medical care / treatment, medication management and both group and individual therapy.
St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Columbia supports LSC's Refugee Resettlement program in a very tangible way through providing housing for recently arrived refugees at Welcome House. When the church decided to discontinue using a parsonage on its grounds, the congregation realized an opportunity to partner with LSC and provide a temporary home to newly arrived refugees waiting for permanent housing.
Wheels4Hope is a faith-based, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically vulnerable families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles. Wheels4Hope generously supports LSC's Refugee Services program in Raleigh. For more about Wheels4Hope, click here.