Accreditation and Certifications Content


Lutheran Homes Society has the following accreditations that confirm the organization’s ongoing commitment to quality service and ethical conduct and reflect our Mission and Core Values:

  • Better Business Bureau

    Lutheran Homes Society, Charity - Local, Toledo, OH The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is America’s oldest and largest agency dedicated to the pursuit of honesty and integrity in the marketplace. BBB certification attests to the trustworthiness and ethical conduct in governance and fundraising processes of member organizations. Lutheran Homes Society became a BBB Accredited Charity in January 2012 through the BBB of NW Ohio and SE Michigan.
  • CARF International

    CARF InternationalCARF International accreditation provides a visible symbol that assures the public of a provider's commitment to continually enhance the quality of services and programs. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. LHS Family & Youth Services has received CARF accreditation for outpatient mental health treatment for children and adolescents since 2006.

    EAGLE Accreditation CommissionThe Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence (EAGLE), or EAGLE Accreditation Commission, is designed for faith-based, health and wholeness organizations to enhance the quality of services provided. The program utilizes voluntary self-assessment and peer review processes based upon principles and goals to promote excellence in Christian ministry. Lutheran Homes Society has achieved EAGLE accreditation since 2004.
  • OANO Standards for Excellence

    Ohio Association of Nonprofit OrganizationsThe Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO), a statewide membership association of more than 500 nonprofit organizations, is committed to bolstering public confidence in and support for the nonprofit sector through its Standards for Excellence certification. This certification promotes ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations across the state. Lutheran Homes Society has achieved this certification since 2003.
 Affiliations Content


Lutheran Homes Society is honored to be affiliated with the following organizations that support our mission and ministry:

  • Lutheran Services in America

    Lutheran Services in America

    LHS is a member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA), an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and their over 300 health and human service organizations. LSA creates opportunities with people in thousands of communities throughout the United States and the Caribbean by working neighbor to neighbor through services in health care, aging and disability supports, community development, housing, and child and family strengthening. Together, these organizations touch the lives of one in 50 Americans each year and have aggregated annual incomes over $18.3 billion.

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    LHS is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is a community of faith built around a strong belief in God as made known through Jesus Christ. The ELCA shares a passion for making positive changes in the world and works hard to put faith into action in practical, realistic ways. The ELCA has more than 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and 4.2 million members.

    The ELCA is comprised of 65 regional synods. Lutheran Homes Society has ministry sites within the Northwestern Ohio Synod and the Southeast Michigan Synod.

  • The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

    The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

    LHS is recognized by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, founded on the teachings of Martin Luther. Today, the LCMS has more than 2.2 million baptized members and ranks as the second largest Lutheran church body in North America. The LCMS has more than 6,100 congregations and is served by more than 9,000 professional church workers.

    The LCMS is made up of 35 districts. LHS has ministry sites in the Ohio District and the Michigan District.

  • LeadingAge


    LHS is a member of LeadingAge, an association whose members and affiliates touch the lives of 4 million individuals, families, employees and volunteers every day. The LeadingAge community includes 6,000 not-for-profit organizations in the United States, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations, and a broad global network of aging services organizations that reach over 30 countries. The work of LeadingAge is focused on advocacy, education and applied research. The organization promotes adult day services, home health, hospice, community-based services, PACE, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities, and nursing homes, as well as technology solutions and person-centered practices that support the overall health and wellbeing of seniors, children, and those with special needs.

  • LeadingAge Ohio

    LeadingAge Ohio

    LHS is a member of LeadingAge Ohio, the advocate of not-for-profit services for older Ohioans. The name reflects the role of the association and its members as being at the forefront of innovation in providing quality housing and health care services for Ohio’s older and disabled population. The name also closely mirrors the national association and many affiliates around the country. LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit organization that represents approximately 400 not-for-profit providers of senior services, including senior housing (both subsidized and market rate), adult day care, home- and community-based services, assisted living and skilled nursing. A majority of members are faith-based and provide many or all of these services.

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Member Congregations

Lutheran Homes Society is comprised of a corporate membership of 170 congregations. These congregations support the ministry of LHS in many ways, including donations of time, talent and treasure. Our member congregations are:

  • St. Mark, Ada
  • Christ the Redeemer, Adrian, MI
  • Hope, Adrian, MI
  • St. Martin, Archbold
  • Good Hope, Arlington
  • Bethlehem, Attica
  • St. John, Bellevue
  • St. Paul, Blissfield, MI
  • Christ, Bowling Green
  • Peace, Bowling Green
  • St. Mark, Bowling Green
  • St. James, Bradner
  • Trinity, Bryan
  • Good Hope, Bucyrus
  • Christ, Carey
  • Grace, Castalia
  • St. John, Celina
  • St. John, Celina (Hopewell Twp)
  • St. Paul, Clyde
  • Christ, Continental
  • St. Luke, Curtice
  • Bethlehem, Defiance
  • Bethlehem, Defiance (Okolona)
  • Christ Our Savior, Defiance
  • St. John, Defiance
  • St. Mark, Defiance
  • St. Paul, Defiance
  • St. Stephen, Defiance
  • Zion, Defiance
  • St. Peter, Delphos
  • Trinity, Delta
  • Immanuel, Deshler
  • St. John, Deshler
  • St. Peter, Edon
  • Grace, Elmore
  • Trinity, Elmore
  • First, Findlay
  • St. John, Findlay
  • Trinity, Findlay
  • Hope, Fostoria
  • Faith, Fremont
  • Grace, Fremont
  • St. John's, Fremont
  • St. Mark, Fremont
  • Trinity, Fremont
  • First, Galion
  • Peace, Galion
  • Trinity, Galion
  • Zion, Gibsonburg
  • Hosanna, Grand Rapids
  • St. Mark's, Graytown
  • Hope, Hamler
  • St. Stephen, Hamler
  • St. Paul, Haskins
  • St. John, Hicksville
  • St. Peter, Holgate
  • Providence, Holland
  • Zion, Huron
  • Immanuel, Ida, MI
  • Prince of Peace, Ida, MI
  • Our Savior, Kenton
  • Zion, Lafayette
  • St. Paul, Lakeside-Marblehead
  • Christ the King, Lambertville, MI
  • First, Leipsic
  • New Creation, Lima
  • St. Matthew, Lima
  • Salem Grace United, Luckey
  • Zion, Luckey
  • St. John, Marblehead
  • St. Peter, Martin
  • St. Paul, Maumee
  • St. Paul, McClure
  • St. John's, McComb
  • Holy Ghost, Monroe, MI
  • St. John, Monroeville
  • St. Peter, Monroeville
  • Emanuel, Napoleon
  • St. John, Napoleon (Freedom Twp)
  • St. Paul, Napoleon
  • St. Paul's, Napoleon Twp.
  • St. John, New Washington
  • St. Luke, North Baltimore
  • Calvary, Northwood
  • St. Peter, Norwalk
  • St. John, Oak Harbor
  • St. Paul, Oak Harbor
  • First St. Mark, Oregon
  • Prince of Peace, Oregon
  • New Creation, Ottawa
  • Hope, Ottawa Hills
  • St. Michael, Ottawa Lake, MI
  • Zion, Ottawa Lake, MI
  • Immanuel, Palmyra, MI
  • St. Paul, Paulding
  • Bethlehem, Pemberville
  • St. Paul, Pemberville
  • Church of the Master, Perrysburg
  • Shepherd of the Valley, Perrysburg
  • Zion, Perrysburg
  • Zoar, Perrysburg
  • Zion, Petersburg, MI
  • Peace, Port Clinton
  • Resurrection, Port Clinton
  • St. John, Port Clinton
  • St. Peter, Ridgeville Corners
  • Zion, Ridgeville Corners
  • Zion, Rockford (Chattanooga)
  • St. John, Rocky Ridge
  • Resurrection, Sandusky
  • St. John, Sandusky
  • St. Paul, Sandusky
  • Trinity, Sandusky
  • Zion, Sandusky
  • St. John, Sherwood
  • St. John's, Stony Ridge
  • First, Stryker
  • St. Paul, Sulphur Springs
  • Advent, Sylvania
  • King of Glory, Sylvania
  • Olivet, Sylvania
  • St. Stephen, Sylvania
  • Gloria Dei, Tecumseh, MI
  • St. Luke's, Temperance, MI
  • St. Paul, Temperance, MI
  • First, Tiffin
  • All Saints, Toledo
  • Augsburg, Toledo
  • Bethany, Toledo
  • Bethel, Toledo
  • Bethlehem, Toledo
  • Concordia, Toledo
  • Epiphany, Toledo
  • Faith, Toledo
  • First St. John, Toledo
  • Glenwood, Toledo
  • Gloria Dei, Toledo
  • Good Shepherd of the Deaf, Toledo
  • Grace, Toledo
  • Holy Cross, Toledo
  • Holy Trinity, Toledo
  • Immanuel, Toledo
  • Memorial, Toledo
  • Messiah, Toledo
  • Our Saviour, Toledo
  • Redeemer, Toledo
  • Reformation, Toledo
  • Salem, Toledo
  • St. James, Toledo
  • St. John, Toledo
  • St. Lucas, Toledo
  • St. Mark, Toledo
  • St. Paul's, Toledo
  • St. Petri, Toledo
  • St. Philip, Toledo
  • Trinity, Toledo
  • First, Upper Sandusky
  • Emmanuel, Van Wert
  • St. Mark, Van Wert
  • Good Shepherd, Vickery
  • St. John, Wapakoneta
  • St. Mark’s, Wapakoneta
  • Trinity, Wapakoneta (Moulton)
  • Zion, Waterville
  • St. Luke, Wauseon
  • Trinity, Wauseon
  • Community of Christ, Whitehouse
  • Trinity, Willard
  • St. John, Williston
  • Solomon, Woodville

Covenant Partners

The Covenant Partner Program provides an opportunity for congregations to express their intention to be active partners in our ministry. We are delighted to recognize these congregations as Covenant Partners:

  • St. Martin, Archbold
  • Christ, Bowling Green
  • St. Paul, Defiance
  • Trinity, Elmore
  • Grace, Fremont
  • Zion, Gibsonburg
  • Hope, Hamler
  • St. Peter, Holgate
  • Providence, Holland
  • Zion, Lafayette
  • St. Peter, Martin
  • Calvary, Northwood
  • Zoar, Perrysburg
  • Zion, Petersburg, MI
  • Resurrection, Port Clinton
  • Zion, Ridgeville Corners
  • St. Paul, Sandusky
  • Zion, Sandusky
  • St. John’s, Stony Ridge
  • St. Luke’s, Temperance, MI
  • All Saints, Toledo
  • Augsburg, Toledo
  • Concordia, Toledo
  • First St. John, Toledo
  • Redeemer, Toledo
  • St. James, Toledo
  • St. Mark, Van Wert
  • Good Shepherd, Vickory
  • St. Mark, Wapakoneta
  • Trinity, Wauseon
  • Community of Christ, Whitehouse
  • Trinity, Willard
  • St. John, Williston
  • Solomon, Woodville

For more information on becoming a Covenant Partner, please contact Dr. James Dumke at 419-861-4961 or

 Core Values

Core Values

Faithfulness to Christ
As part of the Church, we perform our work in response to Jesus Christ and as an extension of His ministry.
Equality and Justice
We recognize the equality of all persons in our offering of services and the opportunity for services, advocating justice and seeking to develop and balance all resources at our disposal to serve vulnerable persons with more intense needs.
Wholeness of Life
We recognize and value the life and inherent worth of each person, helping individuals experience dignity and the fullest level of his or her physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and vocational ability.
We value and demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness, and trustworthiness in all of our relationships.
Quality of Service
We seek to deliver services of the highest quality possible by demonstrating competence, continuous improvement, innovation, and creativity.
Stewardship of Resources
We exercise faithful stewardship of our financial resources and physical assets, and are responsible and accountable for their proper deployment in the work of our ministry.
 Board of Directors Content

2014 Board of Directors

  • Michael Bogdan
  • Robin Burkett
  • Jennifer Fehnrich
  • Rev. Richard Habrecht
  • Michael Hollie
  • Rev. Keith Hunsinger
  • Natalie Jackson
  • Daniel Kunos
  • Kathy Martin
  • Philip Meuser
  • Susan Minch
  • Rev. Richard Rentner
  • Rev. Dale Schaefer
  • Christine Spohn
  • Rose Thomson
  • Rev. Chrysanne Timm
  • Daniel Wakeman
 Senior Staff Content


Deanna Dothard
Executive Director, Lutheran Memorial Home (Sandusky)
The Rev. Dr. James Dumke
Vice President for Mission Integration
Steve Dumke
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Michael Freeman
Executive Director, Lutheran Home at Toledo
Kathleen Lemmerbrock
Executive Director, LHS Foundation
W. Richard Marshall
President/Chief Executive Officer
Jason Napierala
Executive Director, Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek (Holland)
Steve Plottner
Executive Director, LHS Family & Youth Services
Jeff Rohdy
Regional Executive Director for Long-Term Care Services
Lorinda Schalk
Vice President for Finance & Accounting/Chief Financial Officer
Amanda Schroeder
Senior Executive Director for Home and Community-Based Services
Jeff Schulte
Vice President for Human Resources
Organizational Integrity Officer
Gabe Stoll
Executive Director, Lutheran Home at Napoleon
Nancy Wellman
Vice President for Governance and Administration
Director of Public Policy Advocacy
 Social Accountability Content

Social Accountability

Lutheran Homes Society provides benefits to the community that exceed the normal delivery of care and services to youth and elders. As a not-for-profit, part of our purpose is to involve ourselves in socially accountable activities that enhance the community. Ways we can do this include: providing the use of our facilities to community groups, conducting seminars and other programs that provide a tangible benefit to the public, and involving ourselves in leadership and service opportunities that benefit others.

In 2013, LHS provided over $4 million in charitable care and community benefit. Through charitable care, LHS covers the cost of resident care when other funding sources fall short. Additionally in 2013, the ministries of Lutheran Homes Society provided 1,422 opportunities for community groups to use our facilities, and leadership provided 2,049 hours of personal service outside of our ministries.

 About Us Content

About Us

For over 150 years, Lutheran Homes Society has been serving the unique needs of youth and elderly in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. More than 3,600 youth and older adults are provided care, housing and services through the various ministries of Lutheran Homes Society each year.

As a church-based social ministry organization, Lutheran Homes Society depends on the support of its 170 member congregations. LHS is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and recognized by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). LHS also is a member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA), an On-Staff Chaplain alliance of the ELCA, LCMS, and their nearly 300 human service organizations.

At LHS, the compassionate care we provide involves much more than meeting the physical and emotional needs of our residents. Our ministry is faith-based, and as such, contains a spiritual care component that is evident at each facility. Our care campuses have chapels for worship and on-staff chaplains to minister to residents. We serve all faiths, not just Lutherans, and welcome people from all faiths and backgrounds.

We strive to create a home-like atmosphere that fosters fellowship and community, and honors the independence, dignity, rights, and self respect of each individual. As our values reflect and our mission statement declares:

“As followers of Christ, we are called to do what lies within our power to share burdens that weigh upon the young and the old and to alleviate sorrow and misery in His name.”

For seniors, we provide a full continuum of care services that can meet specific needs – from affordable independent living apartments to assisted living residences and short-term rehabilitation to long-term nursing care addressing a multitude of medical care issues. We also provide care of high-risk, multi-need, difficult-to-manage children and youth in the least restrictive settings possible. Our youth ministry provides residential group homes and supportive services, as well as residential and day treatment programs for youth diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder.

We invite you to explore the various ministries of Lutheran Homes Society.

 History Opening Text

A History of Compassion

The United States was on the brink of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln was poised to become the country’s 16th president, when Lutheran Homes Society was founded on August 6, 1860, by Pastor Johannes Doerfler. What began as care for orphaned children by Pastor Doerfler has developed into a legacy of ministry to youth and elderly.

The original Lutheran Orphans’ Home, located on twelve acres of land near Seaman and Wheeling streets in Toledo, Ohio, was dedicated in 1862. By the turn of the century, the orphanage was caring for the occasional elderly person as well. The Society’s ministry officially expanded in 1906 to include care of the elderly with the opening of the Altenheim or “Old Folks’ Home” just east of the orphanage.

Over the years, the Society’s mission has adapted to meet the changing needs of the individuals we faithfully serve. The Society expanded its elderly services outward from the original Toledo campus to include care facilities in Napoleon, Holland, and Sandusky, Ohio. Today, the elderly are served in 14 independent living, three assisted living, and four care communities, which together offer a comprehensive continuum of care. The Society also provides its residents and patients with service coordination, which assists seniors in accessing needed services so they can remain living independently as long as possible in the setting of their choice.

The Society’s mission to care for youth has evolved over the years, as well. As societal views changed and adoption and foster care became the preferred methods of dealing with orphaned children, the Society closed the Lutheran Orphans’ Home in early 1964. From our roots as an orphanage grew a program of neighborhood group homes, each serving 10 or less children. Today, we primarily serve high-risk, severely emotionally and behaviorally troubled children through a community-based group home treatment program and an Asperger’s program consisting of both residential and day treatment options.

For more than 150 years, Lutheran Homes Society has provided loving care to youth and elderly. Currently, the Society’s ministries serve over 2,500 youth and elderly in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

 Timeline Content


  1. 1860-1899

  2. 1900-1959

  3. 1960-1969

  4. 1970-1979

  5. 1980-1989

  6. 1990-1999

  7. 2000-2009

  8. 2010-Present

  1. August 6, 1860

    Pastor Johannes Doerfler of Salem Lutheran Church conceived the idea to establish an Orphans’ Home in Toledo around the time he and his wife took two orphans into the church parsonage.

    August 15, 1860

    The Society for General Works of Mercy in the Sense of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America was formed.

    July 7, 1862

    Photo of First Orphanage

    The first Lutheran Orphans’ Home building was dedicated.


    The Society’s first Trustees were elected and the Articles of Incorporation were received from the state.


    The first Lutheran deaconess came to serve as housemother in the Orphans' Home.


    The first addition to the Orphans’ Home was built for $1,500.


    Resolutions were passed at the annual meeting to build a school house to serve the children of the Orphans’ Home.

 Lives Touched Content

Lives Touched

Stories of God at work in our midst

Woman in wheelchair with familyEarly one morning, Lutheran Home at Napoleon staff noticed that “Marcille,” an assisted living resident, was having difficulty getting up. She also was slurring her words and had right-sided weakness. Marcille was rushed to the hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered a debilitating stroke. Her physician suggested hospice services, and the family placed her in Lutheran Home at ...Napoleon’s care center. As the days progressed, however, the staff and hospice nurse began to notice changes. After a week, Marcille was starting to speak more clearly and to sit up. The therapy department asked hospice for permission to evaluate how Marcille would tolerate physical, occupational and speech therapy. The sessions progressed slowly, but everyone involved in her care noticed improvement. After about two weeks, the interdisciplinary team, hospice, and Marcille decided to discontinue hospice services and focus on rehabilitation. Her determination was tremendous, and she began ambulating again and acting like her old self. Marcille’s family attributes her progress to her therapy plan, which incorporated a return to her assisted living apartment. They are overjoyed with her recovery and are astounded at how much change had occurred in a short two-month span. As the quote on the wall of Marcille’s former room in the care center says, “Every day holds a possibility of a miracle.” That is exactly what family members call their mother’s recovery.

Lutheran Memorial Home works very hard to maintain a family-oriented environment. So, when a long-term resident asked that his brother be admitted to the facility, staff immediately started working on the request. “Troy” was in need of multiple therapy disciplines but did not have any skilled payment coverage. The Admissions Coordinator worked with the Director of Rehabilitation to cost out and set a therapy schedule in which the facility would absorb the costs. Once admitted, the Life Enrichment Coordinator did additional research and discovered that Troy was eligible for several skilled insurances. During a care conference, Troy and his family were presented with the information. Troy shared that he had been at another facility for three months and had received no therapy at all, because he did not have insurance. Troy is grateful that his brother approached the Lutheran Memorial Home team with his referral.

Angry Youth“Jon” came to LHS Family and Youth Services in 2003, first to the Oregon Treatment Facility and then to the Maumee Youth Center. He had experienced 31 failed placements before he was nine years old. He was abused as an infant, toddler and young boy. Family and Youth staff kept him safe, providing not only stability and consistency, but nurture, love, and hope. Still, he had many setbacks in care – taking two steps forward and three steps back. He responded to the nurture, love, and hope by cutting himself, destroying staff cars, and getting physically violent. Steadfast staff members stayed with him and continued to help him. Jon graduated high school in 2012, a major victory, and moved to the adult program. For the next two years, Jared was in and out of jail and in and out of psychiatric hospitals. He had two staff assigned to him around the clock. Several months ago, Jon attended church for the first time in his life, accompanied by three staff members. He has been attending church since then. Jon recently moved into his own house that he rents. He is also working to support himself.

Gary & wifeAfter months of being in and out of local hospitals, “Gary,” age 55 years young, was admitted to Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek’s care center. He came to Wolf Creek unable to walk and unable to eat or drink. The interdisciplinary team worked extensively with Gary, his surgeons, and physicians to develop a comprehensive care plan to ensure that he was receiving the care that would move him closer to his clinical goals. Gary and his wife were thrilled with Gary’s progress, giving all the credit to Wolf Creek. With physical therapy, Gary was able to walk with a walker. After five months without solid food and receiving speech therapy, Gary was thankful to be able to eat solid food once again. His wholeness of life was also a focus for the team, as they worked with his family to keep him positive and focused on his progress. Gary’s wife visited him every day after work, and eventually he was even able to go home on the weekends to spend time with his family and attend events such as his grandson’s football game. His wife and grandchildren have played a huge role in Gary’s positive attitude and his continued progress. Slowly, but surely, Gary’s life is reaching a “new” normal. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to see Gary strong enough to leave Wolf Creek with his wife and reach his ultimate goal of living at home again.

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.

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  • Lutheran Homes Society

    155th Annual Meeting of Member Congregations

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    6:30 p.m. Registration; 7 p.m. Worship Service; and 7:30 p.m. Annual Meeting

    Providence Lutheran Church
    8131 Airport Highway, Holland, Ohio

    Service will include installation of new President/CEO Rick Marshall, who also will serve as the Annual Meeting's keynote speaker. Dessert to follow.

    For more information or to make a reservation, call Bev at 419-861-4954 or email

  • Luther Pines Senior Apartment Community

    Activate Allen County Produce Bus

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Parking Lot
    805 Mumaugh Road, Lima, Ohio

    Open to the public. Purchase healthy, in-season produce at discounted prices by cash, credit or food stamp vouchers. Bus stops at all buildings.

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

  • Lutheran Home at Napoleon

    Community Easter Egg Hunt

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    10 a.m.

    Begins in Care Center Lobby
    1036 S. Perry Street, Napoleon, Ohio

    Free and open to the public. For children ages 10 and under. Easter Bunny will be there for pictures!

    For more information, call 419-592-1688.

  • Lutheran Home at Napoleon

    Campus Tour/Open House

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    Tour starts at 4 p.m.

    Bavarian Village Condo #39 (back of the campus)
    1032 S. Perry Street, Napoleon, Ohio

    Free and open to the public. Tour independent living, assisted living and nursing care/rehab facilities on the campus.

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

  • Luther Oaks Senior Apartment Community

    Senior Scams Program

    Presented by Danielle Murphy, Consumer Educator

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    10:30 a.m.

    Community Room
    36 Executive Drive, Norwalk, Ohio

    Free and open to the public.

    For more information, call Melanie at 419-668-1039.

  • Luther Haus Senior Apartment Community

    Bible Study

    Led by Pastor Frank Paine

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    10 a.m.

    Social Room
    800 Smith Road, Temperance, Michigan

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

  • Luther Woods Senior Apartment Community

    Arthritis Education Series

    Presented by Pam Zielinski, COTA, Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    Second Wednesday of the month, continues April 8 - June 10, 2015

    11 a.m.

    Community Room
    2519 N. Holland Sylvania Road, Toledo, Ohio (back of the campus)

    Free and open to the public. April topic is therapeutic exercises.

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

  • Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

    Arthritis Education Series

    Presented by Pam Zielinski, COTA

    Second Wednesday of the month, continues April 8 - June 10, 2015

    1 p.m.

    Creekside Dining Room
    2045 Perrysburg Holland Road, Holland, Ohio

    Free and open to the public. April topic is therapeutic exercises.

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

  • Luther Pines Senior Apartment Community

    Activate Allen County Produce Bus

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Parking Lot
    805 Mumaugh Road, Lima, Ohio

    Open to the public. Purchase healthy, in-season produce at discounted prices by cash, credit or food stamp vouchers. Bus stops at all buildings.

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

  • Luther Haus Senior Apartment Community

    Bible Study

    Led by Pastor Frank Paine

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    10 a.m.

    Social Room
    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, April 22, 2015

    5 - 7 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

    Monthly Wellness Clinic

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    1 - 3 p.m.

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

    Free and open to the public. Variety of screenings available.  No appointments required.

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

  • Luther Meadow Senior Apartment Community

    Senior Lunch

    Provided by WSOS Community Action


    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

    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