Welcome to Lutheran Homes Society

Every day, the ministries of Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) touch the lives of seniors and youth within our service area of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. LHS provides a continuum of senior living services, youth care services, and outpatient services that focus on enhancing people’s lives. While Lutheran Homes Society’s rich heritage spans more than 150 years, our charitable ministry continues to evolve to meet current needs. Our mission, vision and values provide the framework for how we provide care and services, how we relate to staff and volunteers, and how we serve the community at large.

What's Happening? Full Events Listing

  • Luther Pines Senior Apartment Community

    Gospel Music by Arnold Coy

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    Building A Social Room
    805 Mumaugh Road, Lima, Ohio

    A good-will offering plate will be passed around. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

    For more information, call Connie at 419-225-9045.

  • Luther Woods Senior Apartment Community

    Ice Cream Social

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    1 - 3 p.m.

    Social Room
    2519 N. Holland Sylvania Road, Toledo, Ohio (behind Luther Crest)

    $1 for an ice cream sundae or float.

    For more information, call Teresa at 419-841-5688.

  • Lutheran Home at Napoleon

    Medicare Seminar

    Presented by Mrs. VanBrackel from the Social Security Administration

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    2 p.m.

    Chapel
    1036 S. Perry Street, Napoleon, Ohio

    Disability and retirement benefits will also be discussed. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

    For more information, call Kelly at 419-592-1688.

  • Luther Haus Senior Apartment Community

    Health Fair

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    9 a.m. - noon

    Social Room
    800 Smith Road, Temperance, Michigan

    A variety of free health screenings and flu shots will be offered by local vendors.

    For more information, call Kathy at 734-847-9500.

  • Luther Haus Senior Apartment Community

    Bible Study

    Led by Pastor Frank Paine

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    10 a.m.

    Library
    800 Smith Road, Temperance, Michigan

    For more information, call Kathy at 734-847-9500.

  • Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    Creekside Independent Living Open House

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    1 - 3 p.m.

    Creekside Condominiums
    2045 Perrysburg Holland Road, Holland, Ohio

    Tour one- and two-bedroom condos.  Purchase or rent.

    For more information, call Joni at 419-861-5616.

  • Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    Wellness Clinic

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    1 - 4 p.m.

    Creekside Senior Wellness & Rehabilitation Center
    2045 Perrysburg Holland Road, Holland, Ohio

    Variety of screenings available. No appointments required. Open to the public.

    For more information, call Chris at 419-366-3655.

  • LHS Foundation

    Donor Appreciation Dinner

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Parkway Place
    2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee, Ohio

    Costs for this event are being underwritten by corporate sponsors.

    For more information or to RSVP, call Anne at 419-861-4965 or email ABiel@LHSOH.org.

  • Luther Pines Senior Apartment Community

    Fall Bazaar

    Thursday, October 9; Friday, October 10; and Saturday, October 11, 2014

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday ends at 1 p.m.

    Building A Social Room
    805 Mumaugh Road, Lima, Ohio

    Event includes door prizes, crafts, patio sales, and homemade candy/fudge. Have lunch at the Luther Pines Cafe: steak or chicken sandwiches, chili, pies and beverages.

    For more information, call Connie at 419-225-5729.

  • Kettle Run Senior Apartment Community

    Flu Shot Clinic

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    1 - 3 p.m.

    Social Room
    1780 Whetstone Street, Bucyrus, Ohio

    Flu shots provided by The Medicine Shoppe. Bring Medicare/insurance card or, if uninsured, flu shots are $25. Other free health screenings will be offered by local vendors. Light refreshments will be served.

    For more information, call Jackie at 419-562-6228.

  • Luther Meadow Senior Apartment Community

    Senior Lunch

    Provided by WSOS Community Action

    Weekdays

    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Social Room
    100 Meadow Lane, Gibsonburg, Ohio

    An activity may accompany lunch. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

    Lunch must be ordered through WSOS the day before. Call 419-637-7947.

  • Lutheran Home at Napoleon

    Fuego Fitness Classes

    Mondays and Wednesdays

    Zumba from 5 - 6 p.m.
    Yoga/Pilates from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m

    Chapel
    1036 S. Perry Street, Napoleon, Ohio

    Open to the public. $5.00 to try a class. Please bring your own mat.

    For more information, call 419-592-1688.

  • Lutheran Home at Napoleon

    Gentle Exercise Class

    Every Tuesday Morning

    10:15 - 11 a.m.

    Alpine Village Dining Room
    1032 S. Perry Street, Napoleon, Ohio

    Open to the public for $3.00 per session.

    For more information, call 419-592-1015.

  • Lutheran Home at Toledo

    Zumba Classes

    Choose from classes throughout the week.

    Various times available.

    Community Room
    131 N. Wheeling Street, Toledo, Ohio

    Open to the public

    For pricing and more information, call Ann-Marie at 419-381-2225 or email
    A-M4zumba@att.net.


Lives Touched

Stories of God at work in our midst

Teen girl“Jane” was born into an abusive family and suffered severe trauma the first four years of her life. Fortunately, she was adopted into a loving home. During her formative years, though, aggressive behaviors began to appear. They increased in frequency and duration. Eventually her explosive behaviors and acts of aggression put Jane and her family at risk, and her unsafe behaviors became too much ... for her family to handle. When she arrived at the Maumee Youth Center at age 15, she was distrustful of staff, and directed her anger at being placed in a residential facility at them. Staff spent hours each day working consistently with her, teaching and modeling good behaviors. By showing they cared about her and providing a structured daily routine, her aggression decreased. Yet, it was often two steps forward and one step back.

The staff did not give up and neither did Jane. Her therapist worked tirelessly with her to develop coping skills to get her through the times when she would become upset or angry. When Jane turned 18, she became her own legal guardian and could make her own choices about her future. There was much discussion and concern about this, but Jane decided to graduate from high school instead of postponing graduation. Four days after graduation from the Liberty Educational Center, Jane left the Maumee Youth Center and moved into her own house in her home county. Staff members still ensure she stays on track and takes her medication. The numerous independent living skills she learned and practiced at the Center have been instrumental in Jane’s newfound independence. She is able to take care of the cooking, cleaning, and other chores needed to maintain her home. She enjoys making her weekly menu and shopping for her needed items. Now that she lives close to her family, they are able to visit frequently, which brings her joy. Jane’s new goal is to decrease the amount of time that staff is with her, and she is currently seeking employment.

Woman wearing scarf“Margo” came to The Labuhn Center after surgery, during which doctors discovered that she had cancer. She received skilled nursing care and therapies at the Toledo campus, while she was undergoing chemotherapy at a local facility. This was a scary and challenging time for Margo, but the team at The Labuhn Center was there to help her through it. While her therapies were completed successfully and she was thrilled with her progress, her needs went beyond the clinical care that was provided. The team worked with her to enlist a doctor to follow her in the community and made sure that her clinical needs were met so she could return home. The Director of Social Services helped her navigate through the difficult Medicaid process and assisted Margo in overcoming the barriers that she faced as she prepared to return home. She has expressed her appreciation for all the support. Margo was discharged recently and is now thrilled to be living independently in the community.

Dancing Teen“Jeff” came to LHS Family & Youth Services six years ago with no verbal communication. He had learned to express himself through pinching, grabbing, hitting, and kicking. He was a very aggressive youth, and appeared to be a very unhappy individual. Staff patiently worked with Jeff on his modes of communication, helping him communicate his wants and needs without the acts of physical aggression. Yet, daily activities, such as taking a shower, using the restroom, wanting a snack, or wanting a toy, could turn into behavioral outbursts. These same challenges were also apparent in Jeff’s educational setting, but staff demonstrated persistence in both the residential and school settings. They helped Jeff communicate by using positive reinforcement, hand-over-hand techniques, and an enormous amount of verbal praise; eventually providing Jeff with the confidence to trust staff. In May, Jeff graduated from the Liberty Educational Center. On graduation day, his parents helped him move into his own home, where Family &Youth staff is providing him with homemaker/personal care services. Today, Jeff is leading a much more productive and happy life than he was six years ago. Even though Jeff may not communicate through his words, he has learned less aggressive ways to express his wants and needs. He has a gentle approach when demonstrating to staff that he wants a certain item, would like to take a shower, or go outside for a walk. When he really wants to let someone know how happy he is, he breaks out into a dance…no music necessary!

Ruth and JimLutheran Home at Napoleon received a call from a family in a panic over the care of their parents. “Ruth” and “Jim” have been married for more than 55 years and have not been apart in the last 15. During much of that time, Jim was Ruth’s primary caregiver. One day, when family members stopped in to check on them, Jim was not acting right. His speech was slurred, and he did not really respond to questions. The daughter called for an ambulance, and both parents were taken to the hospital. Jim was sent to a Toledo hospital for further evaluation, and the family had to decide quickly how best to care for their mother. After many tears in the emergency room, the family decided to separate their parents. Napoleon staff worked quickly to accommodate Ruth’s emergency admission, knowing that it was going to be difficult for the family. Chaplain Genter supported Ruth with prayer and comfort. Jim was monitored at the hospital and was then referred to the Napoleon campus for rehabilitation.

Initially, staff wanted to separate the couple so that Jim could focus on regaining his strength; however, he insisted on sharing a room with Ruth. In the beginning, it was a bit difficult because Jim tried to care for his wife. After staff explained that they were there to help, Jim began focusing on getting well and allowed others to care for Ruth. Jim continues to receive therapy services with the goal of returning home with his wife, and he is making great progress. The family is unsure if going home is the best choice, but staff has explained that it is important to allow their parents to try to reach that goal. If Jim and Ruth are able to return home, a home visit will be set up before discharge so everyone will know what to expect. The children expressed gratitude for the staff’s care and commitment in working toward their parents’ wishes.

Pete and his fatherBefore "Pete" came to LHS Family and Youth Services, he had run out of places that would accept him. He could not control his temper. He went from one residential treatment setting to another and spent several months in juvenile detention centers. LHS staff provided support and understanding to Pete, while also providing structure and guidance. Yet, he still lashed out at others. He was very aggressive and assaultive, but staff stuck with him and gained some insight into his emotional state. Staff located the biological father Pete had never met. His father was eager to meet him and get involved in his life. LHS flew the father to Ohio several times at the organization’s expense. Father and son connected at a Partners in Treatment Family Weekend, where his father stayed at a hotel, along with other parents, and met with Pete in a more structured environment. Pete’s therapist met with them individually and together, and another staff member met with the father to discuss long-term plans. Pete’s behavior began to improve. He is now forming healthy relationships with peers and staff, and is doing well in school. His relationship with his father continues to flourish through frequent phone calls and visits. Plans are being made for Pete to live with his father.

Patient undergoing physical therapy“Chuck” came to Lutheran Home at Toledo a very sick man. He suffered from a severe infection and had to be isolated in his room for a rather long period of time. Because of his illness, Chuck was not able to participate in therapy, which caused further decline in his overall health status. It was at this point that Chuck became very depressed. He told his caregivers that he was ready to give up. However, a team of compassionate staff that included nursing, therapy, social services, psychological services, and chaplaincy worked to address Chuck’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Along with tremendous support from his congregation, the staff supported Chuck through his difficult times. With praise to God for His healing touch, Chuck has had an amazing recovery. He is able to socialize out of his room and is now receiving therapy. In fact, Chuck changed from a patient who made a special effort to avoid therapy to someone who comes early to his appointments.