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 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 to learn more.

Buy tickets here!

Sponsors include:

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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

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!