Mission & Vision
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) walks with our neighbors in need and mobilizes community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives.
Proclaiming God’s grace, we compassionately work to create a society where the most vulnerable among us find wholeness, justice and self-sufficiency.
Compassion. Community. Collaboration.
Compassion. Community. Collaboration. As an organization, LSS/NCA has embraced these three principles for nearly a century. Founded in 1917 when a number of local Lutheran congregations joined together to provide food, clothing, and shelter to families in need, LSS/NCA has continually evolved with the consistent commitment to protect our most vulnerable neighbors. From the beginning, we have tailored our programs to respond to emerging challenges in our neighborhoods. Whether sheltering a family during the Great Depression, welcoming a displaced Vietnamese refugee to America in the 1970s, or most recently offering fellowship, support, and information to caregivers who are tending to aging and ill loved ones, our services are founded directly in the needs of the community.