Over the last 125 years, Lutheran Family Services has evolved from an orphanage in Salem, Virginia, to an agency of 400-strong employees who help vulnerable individuals experience abundant, successful lives at home, school and in the community.
The people of Lutheran Family Services help children in foster care find temporary or permanent families, we strengthen families so that they remain strong and intact, we help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live and thrive in their communities, we help children with emotional and behavioral challenges succeed academically, and we assist older adults and caregivers in a time of life transition.
Lutheran Family Services continues to be driven by, and shaped by, its faith-based mission, vision and core values.
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia expresses God’s love by providing services and assistance to empower communities, families and individuals in their journey to well-being.
This year we are celebrating a very special anniversary. The Lutheran Children’s Home of the South, founded in 1888 by the Rev. William S. McClanahan and supported by Lutheran congregations, provided care and education for more than 1,400 children. This year is our 125th year of service, one in which we will celebrate a tradition of serving children and families and our expanded circle of caring. We invite you to take a look at our rich history.