.5k Fun Run Fundraiser on June 8th!

  • Do you like the idea of running, but not actually running? Join us on Saturday June 8th at 11:30am to help us kick-off Fishtown FestivAle with a .5k Fun Run Fundraiser benefiting Lutheran Settlement House. The name is longer than the race!
  • Tickets are $25 and include a t-shirt and a beer at the end of the “race” to help you re-hydrate. After the “race,” stick around all day and enjoy the line-up of incredible local vendors at Fishtown FestivAle.
  • Please contact Erica Zaveloff at 215-426-8610, ext. 1218; ezaveloff@lshphilly.org if you have any questions



Introducing a brand new LSH video!

Click to the left and watch our 2019 Women of Courage documentary short to learn more about the strong and resilient honorees recognized this year, and the services offered at Lutheran Settlement House.






2019 Women of Courage!

  • Our annual fundraising event, Women of Courage, will be held on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 8 to 10am at the Double Tree Hotel
  • Click here to purchase a ticket and click here to learn more about our sponsorship packages
  • Check back soon for more exciting Women of Courage announcements!




Check out LSH in the News!

  • Read about how we've strengthened partnerships with local businesses to help deepen the impact of our work, here.
  • Read about our how our new innovative Masculinity Action Project is redefining masculinity in the era of the #metoo movement, here.
  • Check back soon for more updates about our work and how to get involved!




Join us at Beer and Bingo for a night of fun for a cause!!

  • Beer and Bingo is a new FUNdraising event benefiting the Lutheran Settlement House holiday drive. Each year we help over 100 families enjoy the holiday season. Families who are food insecure, experiencing homelessness, or fleeing an abusive family member rely on Lutheran Settlement House to help bring some holiday cheer.
  • We hope you will join us for a night of fun for a cause! $25 gets you 3 drinks and 5 games of Bingo. There will be raffles and prizes from Fishtown businesses, and short presentations from LSH staff about the work we do and how you can get involved.
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The Lutheran Settlement House 2018 Annual Report!

  • This year amid divisive politics and uncertainty about the future, we at Lutheran Settlement House recognized that being an inclusive and accessible resource to our community is more important now than ever. Click here to read about the many ways we expanded our footprint to better serve Philadelphia's most vulnerable.
  • Our work wouldn't be possible without hundreds of generous supporters and volunteers. Your support helped older adults avoid isolation and connect to important resources, helped families escape a domestic abuser, helped adults pass their high school equivalency degrees and re-enter the workforce, and helped families experiencing homelessness find permanent housing. THANK YOU to every person who gave, volunteered, or attended an LSH event this past year. We're stronger because of you.
  • Want to see your name in our 2019 Annual Report?

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Save the Date: Men Can Rally 2018!

Men Can is about bringing more men into the movement to end Domestic Violence. The Men Can rally is a place to celebrate all of the work to prevent Domestic Violence that has happened in Philly in the past year, and to especially recognize the efforts of one man who has played a powerful role in making our homes, neighborhoods, and communities safer. This year we will honor Paul Bukovec, the founder of Menergy. Come to the rally for the free food, entertainment, inspiring stories and speeches, and to learn how to get plugged into helping to prevent Domestic Violence and challenge toxic masculinity.

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Adult Education Classes in Community Schools

The Office of Adult Education, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Education, is partnering with community agencies – including Lutheran Settlement House – to provide adult education classes in each of the 12 community schools of the School District of Philadelphia. Classes include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language. As part of this partnership, LSH will be offering classes at William Cramp Elementary School and Kensington Health Sciences Academy.  

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Recent Domestic Violence Deaths in Philadelphia

Toby, our Manager of Community Education, was on Fox29 talking about the recent domestic violence deaths in the city. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call our 24 hour hotline at 866-723-3014. We offer counseling, emergency support, and more. If you aren't sure how to process or respond to this violence, consider joining us here for a 40 hour training, or joining Toby and his team in a conversation about the impact of toxic masculinity. No one deserves to be abused, so let's help make sure we prevent this from happening again and again.


Protecting Immigrant Survivors in Philadelphia

This month our Medical Advocacy SupervisorJessica Dubois, participated in Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office's press conference where DALarry Krasner, declared that Philadelphia is a city that protects immigrant survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. The press conference addressed the new national policy to deny applications of people seeking asylum based on Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. DA Larry Krasner invited domestic violence and immigration agencies to come together and assure immigrant survivors of intimate partner and domestic violence that there are many safe organizations, like LSH, to go to for support.  
Our doors are open to anyone seeking services regardless of immigration status.

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New Homeless Prevention and Diversion Program

LSH's new Homeless Prevention and Diversion program is designed to assist people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing. Zachary Davidson, the Housing Stabilization Specialist, provides case management services to tenants, including, employment and financial counseling, logistical support when moving, and supporting and crafting long-term household goals for stability and financial prosperity.
                                                                                                                    Learn more about LSH's homeless services:


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LSH Launches the Young Professional Advisory Council!

This Spring LSH launched its first Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC)! LSH hosted the YPAC kick-off event at La Colombe's Fishtown location. The Young Professional Advisory Council looks for talented and motivated individuals who are committed to supporting LSH's work.     Are you interested in contributing to the Philadelphia community by investing in your future and the future of LSH? Contact Erica Zaveloff, ezaveloff@lshphilly.org, with inquiries about LSH's YPAC


LSH Adult Learner, Pamela Russell, Graduates!

This June we watched our LSH adult learners cross the stage in the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma Graduation Ceremony. We were so happy to celebrate their accomplishments! LSH Adult Learner, Pamela Russell, participated in this year's citywide graduation and her educational journey was a recent feature in a Star News article.
LSH's Adult Education and Career Development's hard work was recently featured in an Al Dia article. To quote Farrah Parkes, Director of our Adult Education and Career Development Department, “We forget that the adults that are here today are the kids that were failed by the system.”

LSH Men Can's Role in the #MeToo Movement

Lutheran Settlement House's Men Can program was recently featured in an ABC News article. Community Education Manager, Toby Fraser, and Lead Trainer & Community Educator, Richie Schulz, spoke to ABC News about their work to hold men accountable and dismantling toxic masculinity.
The Men Can program began 6 years ago and continues to organize community conversations on topics like racism, domestic violence, and toxic masculinity. ABC News covers Men Can's work with the community to transform the roots causes and dynamics that lead to sexual violence. For interest or questions about Men Can, please contact Toby Fraser at tfraser@lshphilly.org.



Connecting Education Levels To Poverty

Lutheran Settlement House's Executive Director, Christine Stutman, spoke to Comcast Newsmaker's Jill Horner about the connection between education level and poverty. Christine shared the important work being done in LSH's Adult Education & Career Development program. Watch the video here.  



Thank you to our sponsors! Women of Courage 2018 takes place on Friday, May 18th, 8:30 am - 10:00 am at the DoubleTree

Women of Courage is Lutheran Settlement House’s annual fundraiser that celebrates the courageous spirit of remarkable women who have overcome obstacles and continue to advocate for the Philadelphia area community. Learn more about purchasing tickets or sponsoring the event.
This year we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Lutheran Settlement House's homeless shelter, Jane Addams Place. Lutheran Settlement House will honor Nikki Johnson-Huston, CEO and Founder of the Donafy App, and Liz Hersh, Director of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Homelessness Services. For questions about sponsorship or purchasing your ticket, please contact Erica Zaveloff at ezaveloff@lshphilly.org.

Build Your Skills with LSH

Lutheran Settlement House offers trainings for professionals and community education workshops. Pictured here is LSH's 40-hour training for domestic violence advocates, an interactive and informative training offered by our Bilingual Domestic Violence Staff.
LSH provides trainings for professionals child welfare, health care, correctional, education, legal, and behavioral health, and social service fields. Trainings are designed to build the skills necessary to work with clients who may be experiencing violence in their relationships – from recognizing the signs, to providing a supportive environment to disclose, to understanding the resources available in Philadelphia.
In partnership with community organizations, faith groups, neighborhood associations, volunteer organizations, and civic clubs, Lutheran Settlement House also offers community workshops in order to raise awareness, build skills, and understand the dynamics that lead to violence. To request a professional training or community education, complete our inquiry form.

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We're launching the all-new Masculinity Action Project!

The Masculinity Action Project (MAP) will bring together a group of 10 to 15 people for a free capacity building training program focused on promoting the expression of healthy masculinity on an individual and community level. After a kick-off retreat in October, the group will meet monthly from November 2018 to June 2019. The program aims to build deep relationships amongst those involved, illuminate the links between gender norms and gender violence, and support an environment in which everyone feels responsible for making our communities safer.  

Outdoor Summer Yoga Series with Roots2Rise

Join us for our Outdoor Summer Yoga Series at our Fishtown office every Monday from July 16th through August 26th! We will host yoga practitioners of all levels on our beautiful deck. A $10 donation is requested to benefit LSH's Senior Center programming and Roots2Rise. Learn more here.

3rd Annual STOP Intimate Partner Violence Summit

On May 22nd we hosted our 3rd annual STOP Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Summit alongside our hospital partner champions from Einstein and CHOP. The event brought together interdisciplinary professionals in our region who are dedicated to addressing IPV in medical settings. Panel discussions featured stories from IPV survivors and medical professionals spoke to the importance of screening for IPV and talking about healthy relationships during medical appointments.
The STOP IPV Program is expanding: LSH's Bilingual Domestic Violence Program has secured funding for an Outreach Coordinator position whose focus will be to bring in new medical community partnerships through trainings, technical assistance, regular consultations and staff support. Ultimately the Outreach Coordinator will improve screening, detection, and referrals for families impacted by IPV.

Our third annual Women's Empowerment Panel was a great success!

Hosted at FS Investments in The Navy Yard, this year's Women Empowerment Panel featured talented and inspirational female identified professionals in Philadelphia. The panel was moderated by Councilwoman Helen Gym, and featured the 2018 Women of Courage honorees Liz Hersh and Nikki Johnson-Huston, and local community leaders Markita Morris-Louis, Ceciley Bradford-Jones, and Nathalie Richan.

LSH Offering ESOL Classes

We're excited to announce that our Adult Literacy & Lifelong Learning program will offer English as a secondary language classes starting January 2018! Those who are interested must attend an information session. For more information, please visit LSH's Adult Education & Career Development website: https://lsheducation.org/  

LSH and Partner Sites Provide 250 Turkeys for Clients in Need

Over two days beginning Monday, November 20th, State Senator Larry Farnese and Council Members Darrell L. Clarke and William T. Greenlee worked with LSH staff and volunteers from Aria Health Network and WalMart to hand out turkeys and Thanksgiving fixings to clients in need. The 11th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive provided over 250 Turkeys to the many clients Lutheran Settlement House serves.  

“We forget that the adults that are here today are the kids that were failed by the system,”

Farrah Parkes, Director of our Adult Education & Career Development Department.  
We're thrilled to have our work featured in a recent Al Dia article. As a part of the community schools initiative, we are one of the providers of Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning courses to Philadelphia residents. Learn more about how Lutheran Settlement House has been involved with the community schools classes.

LSH's Executive Director Featured on Comcast Newsmakers

Lutheran Settlement House's Executive Director, Christine Stutman, spoke to Comcast Newsmaker's Jill Horner. Christine discussed the work with homelessness and housing LSH has done since 1902.

The Men Can 2017 Rally

The Men Can Rally to Prevent Domestic Violence occurred on October 11th in Board Game Art Park. Speakers, included City Council Members David Oh and Bill Greelee, Tony Lapp of Menergy, Interim DA Kelley Hodge, and Anthony, the CEO of Roar for Good. All speakers showed their support for the Men Can campaign and spoke out against intimate partner and domestic violence.   Those who attended enjoyed performances by local band Grandchildren and heard the great set list from DJ Greg of Johnny's Brendas. Many Philadelphia non-profits and organizations tabled to provide resources to those in attendance. We're excited to keep up the momentum and start our planning for next year's rally!

Philadelphia's City Council Designate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thursday, October 5th was Paint Philly Purple Day - a day the Philadelphia City Council honored the work of LSH and Philadelphia non-profits who have domestic violence programs. Paint Philly Purple Day featured Council President Darrell Clarke and Councilman Bill Greenlee proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Staff of LSH, Women Against Abuse, Congreso, and Women in Transition attended the proclamation and sported purple for the event.

Lutheran Settlement House Named "Champion in Action"

NBC10 and Citizens Bank "surprised" LSH with a $35,000 Champions in Action prize that will be used for our STAR program. STAR (Students Talking About Relationships) is an after school program for student leaders who want to have fun and help their peers learn about healthy relationships and sex. Watch the links below to see the moment the cameras surprised our staff and teens during a STAR activity about relationship violence! Watch the video   Video 2

Join us for the third annual Women's Empowerment Panel on Thursday, April 26th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in The Navy Yard!

Hear from successful female identified professionals in Philadelphia with plenty of time for networking. The panel will be moderated by Councilwoman Helen Gym, and will feature the 2018 Women of Courage honorees Liz Hersh and Nikki Johnson-Huston, and local community leaders Markita Morris-Louis, Ceciley Bradford-Jones, and Nathalie Richan. Please join us for networking, food, and drinks before and after the panel! Register for your spot.

Meet Di and Caroline, Learner and Tutor

Di and Caroline can’t stop smiling. After 11 months of diligent studying together, Di has passed her High School Equivalency Exam. Both women live near LSH, Di in Kensington and Caroline in Fishtown. We spoke with the two of them to hear their perspectives on working as learner and tutor in the LSH Adult Education & Career Development Program. Read their interview here.

Spotlight on LSH: Jane Addams Place Partners with The Food Trust

Earl Harris and the kitchen staff help feed 30 - 35 families every day at the Jane Addams Place. The kitchen staff not only feed the families in residence, they also promote healthy eating habits thanks to the newly founded partnership with The Food Trust. Read here about two year partnership and Earl Harris' efforts to promote healthy eating.

Jane Addams Place Dining Area Improvement Project

Check out our Amazon Wishlist! We've added a number of items to go towards our shelter Dining Area Improvement Project. A better kitchen & dining area means a more welcoming stay for the moms and kids we serve. You can serve them directly by purchasing an item today.

LSH Needs Your Support - Giving Tuesday Donation Page

It's Giving Tuesday a global day of giving fueled by members of our community. Support Lutheran Settlement House's commitment to serving children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia by donating today.   LSH's board will match all donations up to $5,000! Make your gift today to double your impact.     Visit our donation page  

Join us for our 11/16 Men Can Workshop

The Men Can campaign will be facilitating a workshop on the shared foundation of white supremacy and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). With a rise of violent white supremacists in our streets we are seeing many similarities to the violence that is often hidden behind the closed doors of relationships.   This event is open to people of all identities and is wheelchair accessible. Learn more.

Save the date for #MenCan2017!

Mark your calendars for our Men Can Rally to Prevent Domestic Violence. Speakers, performers, food, music, resources, and more! We'll see you on October 11, 11am at Board Game Art Park.

Spotlight on LSH: Beat The Heat at the Senior Center

NBC10 news filmed a segment with our Senior Center about how older adults are coping with the extreme heat wave.   Watch here to see what our activities members of our Senior Center participate in every week!

Lutheran Charities Donates $11,000

Huge thank you to Lutheran Charities for donating such a generous amount to LSH programs. LSH is a proud member of Lutheran Charities,  a network of five Lutheran social ministry organizations that empowers vulnerable children, adults, families and seniors to overcome life’s challenges and achieve their potential through quality educational, compassionate care and treatment services.  The five core Social Ministry Organizations of Lutheran Charities offer specialized and customized support, encouragement and love to vulnerable people without regard to religion, race, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation, all made possible through the generous giving of those who love God and their neighbors.  

Mark your calendars! Women of Courage 2017 is on Wednesday, May 10, 8:30am-10:00am at the DoubleTree.

Women of Courage is Lutheran Settlement House’s annual fundraiser that celebrates the courageous spirit of remarkable women who have overcome obstacles and continue to advocate for the neediest in our community. Please join us in celebrating these women by sponsoring or purchasing tickets to this exciting event.  

LSH Supporters give over $50,000 for 2016 campaign

Not only did you help us exceed our goal, you also raised 13% more than last year with 2x more the online donations and a 12.5% higher average individual donation. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Earl, an Aria security guard for over twenty years, reached out and made Ursula feel safe.

When Ursula gathered the courage to leave, she took herself and her children to Aria Hospital to spend the night. She had nowhere else to go. Earl connected her with Akea, one of LSH’s Medical Advocates stationed in hospitals across Philadelphia. Hear Earl and Ursula tell their story.


Meet Ursula. A mother of eight, Ursula is a survivor of domestic violence and childhood abuse.

Ursula's ex-husband abused her physically, emotionally, and sexually. She had to escape. LSH provided Ursula and her children with food, housing, and other immediate needs. She worked through her trauma with one of our medical advocates. Hear Ursula tell her story, and donate today so that LSH can continue to serve women like Ursula.

Answering the Call to Service: The Mark Hudson Story

Lutheran Settlement House, in partnership with Mark Hudson’s family, friends and colleagues, Lunchbox Communications and the Sheller Family Foundation, is pleased to present Answering the Call to Service: The Mark Hudson Story. This documentary aims to tell Mark’s story to help shine a light on the important, and frequently overlooked, issue of men experiencing domestic violence. Watch now.

We are thrilled to announce that Christine Stutman has joined the LSH family as our new Executive Director.

Christine Stutman is a high performing non-profit executive with 17 years of experience working with and advocating for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised people.  Christine began her career at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, where she held several roles ultimately becoming Vice President of Behavioral Health services. In 2006, Christine became the Deputy Director of Women Against Abuse. Her most recent experience was as the Associate Executive Director for Philadelphia’s Adult Behavioral Health services at NHS Human Services. Christine is excited to take this next step in her career as Executive Director of Lutheran Settlement House.  The mission of helping people and agencies realize their potential has been a guiding principle throughout Christine’s career. Read more about Christine here.


Adult Education & Career Development Program Launches September Fundraising Campaign

Our Adult Education & Career Development program brings together trained tutors with adult learners. While volunteers make the program much more affordable to run, we still have costs. That's why we are launching our campaign to raise $10,000 in September, in honor of National Literacy Month. Make a donation today!

LSH Interviews MEN CAN Leader Omar Woodard

"What does it mean to love someone?" Omar Woodard, Executive Director of The Green Light Fund and leader of the MEN CAN Steering Committee, answers his own question: "not hurting them is crucial." Omar wants to change the conversation men have with each other about domestic violence. He first confronted the epidemic of abuse in college and graduate school, when three women he dated had experienced abuse. He connected with LSH's MEN CAN Campaign at our 2015 rally, and now plays an instrumental role as a volunteer for the 2016 campaign. Read more about Omar's story here. 


Bilingual Domestic Violence Program Hosts 1st Annual Medical Advocacy Summit

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first annual Medical Advocacy Summit! The event brought together hospital professionals, lawyers, social workers, and other leaders in their fields to share ideas, successes, and models of medical advocacy. By turning our hospitals into safe havens, we can work to stop intimate partner violence.

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Sustainability First Friday Brings Together Environmentally-Conscious Organizations

The Fishtown Star recently profiled Luthernan Settlement House's first ever Sustainability Open House. The event was part of an ongoing effort to collaborate with local organizations, raise awareness about environmental issues, and engage the community. The event was led by the LSH Food & Farming after-school program and LSH’s Hungry 2 Healthy Initiative, which hosts a community healthy food pantry, operates the LSH Urban Farm, and distributes meals to low-income seniors.    


11th Annual Women of Courage Award Ceremony & Luncheon

On Wednesday May 18th, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) held its 11th annual Women of Courage Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, during which Jennifer Lewis-Hall of PHL17 acted as the Master of Ceremonies and Mayor Kenney gave the opening remarks. Women of Courage raised over $110,000 to support and empower community members. Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, attendees, and honorees!

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LSH Interviews CHOP CEO, Madeline Bell

The 11th annual Women of Courage Awards will honor Karen Hudson, Program Leader of the of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Homeless Health Initiative, and is fortunate enough to have CHOP as one of its sponsors. We sat down with her in March to discuss woman in leadership, why she started a blog, and the origins of the Homeless Health Initiative. To read the full interview, click here.

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Women's Empowerment Panel

The Women's Empowerment Panel, served as a pre-cursor to Women of Courage and gathered women from a variety of different backgrounds with different life experiences to share stories of strength, wisdom, and struggles that they have had to overcome. Click here to learn more about the powerful event. Space is running out! If you haven't already, purchase your ticket for this year's Women of Courage event here!


Cooking, Bonding, & Eating Together

On Thursday, March 17th, we celebrated our 2nd monthly Fishtown Community Dinner at LSH! We had a blast cooking and enjoying stew and Irish soda bread. Thanks to Thrivent Financial for making this meal possible and to the Fishtown Star for writing this wonderful article about it!                

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Thank you to our 2016 #WomenofCourage Confirmed Sponsors

Join the ranks and support brave women by becoming a sponsor today!


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Adopt-a-Dinner Donors Transform Meals at Jane Addams

Through our brand new Adopt-a-Dinner program, generous individuals have been purchasing meals for the residents of our Homeless Shelter for moms and kids, Jane Addams Place. And they have been delicious!


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LSH Executive Director Kelly Davis on Comcast Newsmakers

Click here to view the segment about Women of Courage.


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LSH is Hiring Teens to Participate in Summer STAR Leadership Academy

Summer STAR is a service learning program that teaches teens ages 14-18 about healthy relationships and develops leadership skills to prevent teen dating violence in our communities. All participants earn $7.25 per hour. This program is made possible through a partnership with Philadelphia Youth Network and WorkReady Philadelphia. Click here to learn more.




Senator Farnese Profiles LSH: 1st District Difference Makers

Check out the video that the hardworking individuals over at Senator Larry Farnese's office created featuring Executive Director Kelly Davis!



Lutheran Settlement House featured on the Today Show!

On the Today Show, Tamron Hall (2015 Women of Courage honoree) celebrated Karen Hudson (2016 Women of Courage Honoree) and her work with CHOP's Homeless Health Initiative as part of their "Pay it Forward" series. The piece also unveiled a new mural in the LSH entryway that will serve as a permanent fixture to remember and honor Karen's son, Mark Hudson, who was lost to domestic violence.



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LSH Champions Goes Live

Through a simple monthly contribution you guarantee that community members continue receiving the supports they need to lead safe, healthy lives. Members receive monthly programmatic updates, swag, and directed communications so that they can build meaningful connections and know what their support means to the community members LSH serves. Join today!  


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LSH 2016 Women of Courage Honorees Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Wendy Hamilton, General Manager of Sugarhouse, and Karen Hudson, leader of CHOP’s Homeless Health Initiative, will be honorees at our 2016 Women of Courage Award Ceremony and lunch. Both Women are brave visionaries that exemplify strength and courage in their fields. Click here for more information. 





Medical Advocacy Program Featured on NPR/WHYY's The Pulse

We couldn't be prouder of our Medical Advocacy team, who work inside hospitals to ensure patients who are being abused are properly identified and supported, for being profiled in this piece about Intimate Partner Violence in hospitals. Thank you to Maiken Scott for illuminating a complicated issue we care so deeply about.




LSH Receives Barra Award for Second Cycle in a Row

Lutheran Settlement House could not be more grateful to receive the Barra Award. The award comes with a grant for $50,000 and rewards exemplary nonprofit organizations that demonstrate leadership, performance, and adaptability. LSH is one of 40 Philadelphia organizations to receive the award for the 2016-2017 cycle.





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LSH Celebrates Thanksgiving with over 200 Donated Turkeys

Lutheran Settlement House, with the help of elected officials Senator Larry Farnese, Council President Darrell Clarke, and Councilman William Greenlee, distributed dozens of Turkeys to the community members we serve in need, generously donated by Walmart, and fresh veggies donated by Greengrow Farms. Happy holidays!





$1.5 Million Renovation Project Culminates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The $1.5 million dollar finished construction project provides our Senior Center with a brand new first floor facility equipped with a community food pantry, commercial-grade Demonstration Kitchen, and healthy living deck. Additionally, the building has a completely renovated entryway, ensuring that the services we provide to our DV clients take place in the calmest, most secure environment possible. Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilman Greenlee, a representative from Senator Casey's office, PCA, LISC, individuals from our Senior Center, and local businesses joined us in celebrating the momentous event.



Thank You to Everyone Who Attended the 2015 Men Can Rally on October 1st, 2015

The 2015 Men Can Rally was a powerful event that gathered over 250 people and empowered them to prevent family violence! We cannot express how grateful we are to our Bilingual Domestic Violence Department and our LSH team for putting on this event, to our sponsors for making it possible, and most of all to the activists, performers, politicians, speakers, and attendees who made this rally powerful. Thank you! With your help, we were able to encourage men to stand up to family violence and lend visibility to this important issue in our community.


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Fox29 News, Metro, CBS, 6ABC, KYW, The Star, and More Provided Great Press Coverage of the Men Can Rally

For more on media coverage of the 2015 Men Can Rally, click here.

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LSH in Partnership with PCADV Put Forth a Father's Day Pledge to End Gender Violence

Check out Mike Jerrick taking the pledge at Fox 29 News. View the pledge here.

Check out Kelly Davis, LSH Executive Director, on Comcast Newsmakers!

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Jane Addams Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer for Improving Meals for Mothers and Children at the LSH Homeless Shelter

Click on the image on the left to read the entire article and get some great healthy recipes!


LSH Chosen by Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church to Receive Proceeds from Annual Fit for Eternity Run/Walk

The event raised over $7,000 and we could not be more grateful for their advocacy and generosity.

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LSH is pleased to announce that our annual Women of Courage event raised over $90,000—one third more than last year’s total—and was sold out with over 300 guests in attendance.

LSH was fortunate to receive significant media attention for Women of Courage including on NBC 10 and in the Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Sunday Sun, Philly Style Mag, The Public Record, Philly Chit Chat, Al Día and Philly.com. Thank you to all who came and donated! These funds will enable us to continue to serve individuals in need of services and support across Philadelphia, working with them towards self-sufficiency and empowerment.

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NBC Tamron Hall Honored as LSH 2015 Woman of Courage!

Kelly Davis Writes Op-Ed in Philadelphia on Teen Dating Violence

Please click the image above to read our Executive Director's Op-Ed on Teen Dating Violence which is in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. LSH recently sent two domestic violence advocates to Millersville University to help their campus process the tragedy of Karlie Hall and how to be aware of danger signs in a relationship. In the op-ed, Kelly discusses the dangers of Teen Dating Violence and how it relates to the recent domestic violence tragedy at Millersville University.


Today Show Features Survivors From LSH For Shine A Light Campaign

This summer, Aigner (pictured) and two other domestic violence survivors from LSH were asked to speak about her personal struggles on NBC’s Today as part of Tamron Hall’s “Shine A Light” series. The experience was empowering for those who shared and moving to those who watched. Aigner says that LSH was "like a family to her" and helped her "turn everything around," and credits Jane Addams’ staff with exposing her to life-changing resources including tutoring and empowerment counseling. Aigner no longer feels that the violence she suffered is her fault and "hopes her words can help someone else who is suffering." We are so proud of her strength. Please click to View Stories from Aigner and other Brave Survivors.

LSH Program Creates Informational Video with Medical Professionals Impacted by CAMP.

LSH Medical Advocates came up with the idea to film physicians at our sites talking about what hospitals need to help victims of IPV and how having the MA Program at their site has affected their practice. We plan to use the video for upcoming conferences. Thanks to CAMP (Children and Mother's Project) for your amazing impact!



LSH celebrated the resilience of four of our female clients at our annual Women of Courage Awards Ceremony. Listen to the story of our Perseverance Awardee, Taymee, who has overcome many obstacles in the fight for continuing her education.


  Kim Rickus Wins LSH Luthy Award Congratulations to Kim Rickus on winning our quarterly Luthy Award! Kim has been a Bilingual Domestic Violence Program staff member for almost 15 years. She is our Domestic Violence Hotline Counselor and provides counseling to domestic violence survivors at Riverside Correctional Facility. She has been known for her selfless dedication over her time here. Kim received an overwhelming number of votes from fellow LSH staff members. We are so grateful to have her as part of our team!

LSH After School Teens Make HIV PSA Check out our T.E.E.N. Program @ LSH and their PSA on the dangers of HIV and the importance of Healthy Relationships. T.E.E.N stands for Teens Encouraging Education Now. They're not just an after school program. They're “A Community Youth Movement.”

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Mary Thoma Wins LSH Luthy Award! Congratulations to Mary Thoma on winning the LSH Luthy Award!  Mary has been with the agency for over 20 years, dedicating her years of service to the LSH Senior Center.  She consistently goes above and beyond for staff and clients.  Thank you for all of the work you do, Mary!


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Kelly Davis speaks with Loraine Ballard Morill on Power 99 about our 9th annual Women of Courage Awards and Breakfast Ceremony, and about LSH's work as a whole. Listen here.

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Meet Luthy Award Winner #2: Abdollah Zakaria: Abdollah Zakaria--known as Mr. Abi around the office--won LSH's second outstanding employee award during our recent Staff Appreciation week. Evidencing everyone's love for him, Mr. Abi received a standing ovation and some tears of joy when his name was announced. Mr. Abi is the force beyond all the smooth operating at LSH, omnipresent with his tech wisdom, calm support and willingness to help at all hours of the day, often staying late or coming in on weekends just because he wants to help. LSH would certainly not run without Mr. Abi; we cannot thank him enough!

Celebrate seven phenomenal women at LSH's 9th Annual Women of Courage Breakfast! Visit here or email bwright@lutheransettlement.org to learn more.

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Sponsors include:

CHOP HLH stacked cent 287       NKCDC Logo - Green - In-House Print or Viewing - Temple University of Social Work - Goldmark Associates - JEVS Human Services - Liberty Lutheran Services - Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy - Homeless Health Initiative, CHOP - Liberties Duck LP

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Your Tweets and Used Phones Support the LSH Bilingual Domestic Violence Program! LSH is partnering with The Philadelphia Eagles and urging you to send messages of hope and inspiration for those affected by domestic violence, using the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope. For every hashtag tweeted, Verizon Wireless will donate $1 to the Pass Along Hope campaign, which provides funding to the LSH program to end domestic violence. The campaign is part of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program that connects victims and survivors of domestic violence to the vital resources they need. You can also donate your no-longer-used cell phones and accessories, which Verizon refurbishes and gives to domestic violence organizations like LSH, helping victims of abuse to feel safer and less isolated. We are proud to partner with the Philadelphia Eagles to pass along hope, and hope you will, too!

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Announcing the Luthy Awards! Meet the first winner of LSH's Luthy Awards, in which we recognize a staff member who has made a remarkable impact on a client, or multiple clients. Ms. Hertha Harris has been an employee of Lutheran Settlement House since 2012. Over these 2 years she has shown incredible commitment to her role as cook in the kitchen of Jane Addams Place shelter. During a heavy storm this winter she was dedicated enough to march through the snow to get to work so our Jane Addams residents could still get a hot meal. For her dedication to our Jane Addams Place families, she became the first staff member to receive a Luthy Award. Thank you for all your work, Ms. H!!

Comcast Newsmakers interview Lutheran Settlement House's Executive Director Kelly Davis! They discuss LSH's ongoing work and our annual fundraising event Women of Courage in which we celebrate the courageous spirit of remarkable women who have overcome obstacles and continue to advocate for the neediest in our community.

LSH was thankful to have some All Star Santas deliver presents to the kids at our Jane Addams Place shelter. The toy drive was organized by Nicole Warnecke of the Flyers Wives. Nicole collected about seventy presents donated by the wives and girlfriends of Flyers players. The children of Jane Addams Place were surprised and delighted to receive this special delivery of gifts from Nicole and fan favorites, Zac Rinaldo and Jakub Voracek, of the Philadelphia Flyers. The generosity of the Flyers and their loved ones brought a very Merry Christmas to our LSH family!

Lutheran Settlement House is Getting a Mural Arts Makeover! Beginning in December the Mural Arts Program is going to be updating the Mural surrounding the main entrance to Lutheran Settlement House.

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LSH has been awarded an IMPACT Award by Glaxo Smith Kline! A panel of local and national panelists selected LSH to receive the $40,000 prize after reviewing LSH's programs for IMPACT (Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus, and Targeting Need).

LSH has been named an Exemplary Organization by the Barra Foundation for 2013 and will receive two years of grant-funding through its Community Fund. Thank you to The Barra Foundation!

LSH is proud to announce the debut of our new After School Program, Teens 4 Good Academy, working with high school students!  Monday thru Friday from 3-6 pm teens receive homework help and tutoring, play sports, visit with the seniors in our senior center and work on individual, community-based entrepreneurial projects.  Interested to learn more? Contact Samiha Rahman at srahman@lutheransettlement.org.

John Daniels Wins LSH Luthy Award LSH Maintenance Coordinator John Daniels is a jack of all trades. Whenever there is a problem at our shelter or our main site, John is there in a flash to help make sure our clients can receive the services they came here for. Fittingly, when LSH Staff chose the quarterly winner of the LSH Luthy Award, John received the most votes. Congratulations John!