Dear Lutheran Settlement House Friends and Supporters,
When you visit Lutheran Settlement House—and if you haven’t visited yet, we’d love to see you—you’ll meet people for whom this work is a personal mission. Our new tagline, Community, Compassion, Change, speaks to values we share as an agency, and we hope you see these values, and your own values, reflected throughout this report.
You can see Community in the breadth of people we work with, from babies to older adults. We are stronger because we experience and understand the strengths and challenges of our different populations, and we form partnerships across the community, and across our agency, to bring together expertise, resources, and support. Through LSH, people who are often isolated, and resources that are often fragmented, come together to build a community that is healing and empowering.
Compassion starts with the way people are welcomed into our spaces and programs, and it continues in the ways we accompany our clients. We believe in putting our compassion into action by being responsive to each individual, getting to know their worries and their dreams, and providing options when they feel optionless. Our compassion is tenacious, and we never stop believing in people’s ability to live the life they want and deserve.
Change is our foundation. Serving people since 1902, LSH is part of a movement rooted in radical compassion and focused on making lasting, meaningful change in people’s lives and in our community. Our clients are at the heart of this process. Their story is unique, so their path forward is too. People know best what supports they need and what dreams they have for their lives, and they know what systems need to change so they can flourish. Our client’s voice and lived expertise must be at the center of change, and we are committed to accompanying people to build a more just and compassionate community.
This work is made possible because of so many people—clients, staff, board members, partners, donors, volunteers. This report is more than a reflection of the past year, it’s a promise of what is possible when we come together to value each other, care for each other, and believe in each other.
The community at Lutheran Settlement House, the change that’s possible, and the compassion at the heart of our work is because of the people we serve. Their dreams, their joy, and their future are what drive our work forward.
LSH put a mirror in front of me to show me who I was.
I’ve been coming to the settlement house for over 60 years. The neighborhood has changed, but the Settlement House has stayed a pillar of the community
Fun, friends, community. They are the things I experience most at the Settlement House. And maybe that’s love, too
LSH provided a foundation when I didn’t have one.
I graduated college at Jane Addams Place because I had support there and people believed in me.
Impact by the Numbers
Frequently Asked Questions
Established nearly 50 years ago, our BDVP provides lifesaving services to nearly 5,000 women, men, children, and non-binary people each year, including counseling, housing support, hospital-based advocacy and training, and violence prevention education.
Education is woven throughout our different programs. At LSH, and through our various partners across the city, children, teens, and adults grow their skills and knowledge to live the lives they want and deserve.
Our food pantry provides fresh food and nutritional support to food-insecure families, teens, domestic violence survivors, and older adults. Open five days a week and six hours a day, our pantry is among the most accessible and responsive in Philadelphia.
Jane Addams Place, our family shelter, helps families entangled in the housing crisis to heal from trauma they have experienced, to explore housing and employment options, and to plan for the future they want and deserve.
For adults 55 and over, the Center offers a range of programming for right now and for what’s next. Members can explore fitness and dance classes, personalized health coaching, volunteering to help others, creative arts, trips and excursions, digital literacy, healthy cooking, and more. Members learn new skills, meet new friends, and plan for the future.
Last year was a year of growth, collaboration, and imagination. We built new partnerships, brought in new and innovative programming (and a furry new staff member), and ensured we had the resources needed to provide services to more members of our community. These highlights showcase our commitment to creatively meeting the needs of our clients and working collaboratively with partners across the city to build a strong community for everyone.
For older adults, health challenges often lead to a loss of independence. We want the people we work with to have options as they age. That’s where our Health Coaching program comes in. Managed by a Certified Community Health Worker, our Health Coaching program provides 1-on-1 and group consultations that explore topics like chronic disease management and nutrition. Health coaching helps older adults to understand instructions from their healthcare team, to know how to set and achieve health goals, and to feel in control of their health.
Maternal Mortality Project
Every child deserves to be born into a safe home. This year, LSH was selected to create domestic violence awareness training videos as part of a five-year Maternal Mortality Project. These videos will be used to train doctors, nurses, and staff at every delivery hospital in Philadelphia. Partnering with The Office of Domestic Violence Strategies, we’re committed to improving provider awareness of domestic violence, and increasing trauma-informed screening and intervention. Ultimately, we know these efforts will improve maternal and child health outcomes.
Domestic Violence Prevention
1 in 12 teens experiences dating violence. We want to prevent domestic violence before it starts, which is what STAR is all about. Through STAR, or Students Talking About Relationships, we work in 5 Philly high schools, and the Juvenile Justice Center, and employs 7 Teen Ambassadors to lead groups on healthy relationships and non-violence. STAR also provides education workshops to school staff and parents. Last year, we partnered with CHOP to conduct a robust evaluation of STAR, expanding the evidence-base for teen dating violence prevention strategies.
Jane the Emotional Support Guinea Pig
Counseling is available to everyone at our family shelter, but sometimes children and teens are hesitant to talk about their problems with someone new. However, kids love hanging out with Jane, our emotional support guinea pig! Whether they’re missing their own pets, or just excited to bond with someone cute and fuzzy, Jane has doubled the number of youth who participate in our counseling program. She has a special way of making residents feel safe and comfortable (parents love her, too!), which opens the door for growth and healing.
Growing our Food Pantry
Everyone deserves healthy and plentiful food. Prior to COVID, about 200 families visited our pantry each month. Now, we often see 200 families in a single day. We’ve gone from distributing 100,000 pounds of food a year, to almost 400,000 pounds! This food fills the tables of everyone we serve, plus many other community members from Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Families rely on our pantry so that they never have to choose between paying the bills and putting food on the table.
Lutheran Settlement House is committed to high quality fiscal management. We ensure that all contributions are used ethically and with transparency. We are thrilled to have a Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid (formerly GuideStar), which is the highest possible rating a nonprofit organization can achieve. To take a deeper dive into our finances, download our FY23 Audit.
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We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the people, companies, churches, foundations, and government entities that made our work possible this past year. We could not provide life-saving services to over 6,000 children, adults, and families without you.
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