Established in 1902, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia. Over the past century, the programs and services offered by LSH have changed in response to the evolving needs of the community. However, the core mission of Lutheran Settlement House — “to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational, and advocacy services” — has remained constant.
My time at LSH helped me realize my worth and that no one has the right to take away your hope.
A lot of good things happened after I came to Lutheran Settlement House.
I graduated college because I had support there and people believed in me.
Coming to Lutheran Settlement House was the beginning of me taking my power back.
Fun, friends, and community. They are the things I experience most at the Settlement House. All those things are love.
They gave me time to heal, to feel love again, to concentrate on my children. I had the chance to grow.
I see Lutheran Settlement House as a friend. They’ve taken me into their arms, and I love it. I really do.
If LSH didn’t come into my life at the time that they did, I don’t think I’d be alive today.
What LSH did during the pandemic was life saving to all of us.
I’m safe. I’m living on my own. I’m not fearing for my life.