EIN 38-1360553

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM)

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Lutheran Social Services of Michigan's mission is to serve people as an expression of the love of Christ.
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LSSM is child organization, under the parent exemption from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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Samaritas senior living offers retirement living for seniors with five communities in Michigan. Our Services include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support, and rehabilitation therapy or home care Services. Our expert clinical teams will help evaluate individual needs to determine what program will best meet the needs of our residents, while also allowing for the most independence possible. As needs change, Samaritas senior living helps guide residents to ensure successful transitions of care.our independent apartments in grand rapids, traverse city and bloomfield hills, give every senior the opportunity to capture the best of every day. Find inspiration in an art or music class. Enjoy a competitive game of cards. Gain new insight from a visiting lecturer. Or enjoy a night out on the town with neighbors. Our residents live life on their terms, enjoying what they want, when they want, at Samaritas senior living. When our residents need increased supports, catered living provides the Services of assisted living in our residents' apartment allowing our residents to continue to live in their home but have the security of 24 hour care. Samaritas senior living offers three communities for assisted living in Michigan - bloomfield hills, grand rapids and traverse city. Each community provides comprehensive, personalized care tailored to your individual abilities. Samaritas assisted living communities are committed to helping you maximize your independence. Whether you need help with medication management, bathing, dressing or transportation, our caring teams are there to lend a hand. In 2020, we served 485 residents in our independent/assisted living programs. Samaritas senior living has three state-licensed skilled care communities, located in cadillac, grand rapids and saginaw. Each community focuses its Services in these main areas - skilled nursing, memory care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and respite care. Residents at these communities receive 24-hour care Services tailored to their needs. Whether the goal is to return home following a rehabilitation stay or to have permanent residence, Samaritas skilled care communities will develop a treatment plan custom for our residents. For seniors who require continuous nursing care, our skilled nurses in grand rapids, cadillac and saginaw provide physical, emotional and spiritual support. Residents are given opportunities to be as independent as possible with the assurance of care from our licensed staff members. Specialized programming for those who have cognitive impairment, the harbor provides a secure environment and programming within the lodge. The harbor has specialized caregivers who are trained to work with one of our most vulnerable populations. Rehabilitation residents are empowered to return home in a timely and successful manner. Once returning home, outpatient Services ensure smooth transitions home and continued evaluation and treatment. In 2020, we served 648 residents in our skilled nursing communities.
Samaritas' new american Services help newly arrived refugees navigate their confusing and sometimes scary first months in the united states. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in the state and fourth largest in the nation, Samaritas has resettled thousands of people from dozens of countries in europe, asia, africa, the middle east and central and south america. Samaritas has been the Michigan affiliate of Lutheran immigration and refugee service (lirs) since the 1950s. With the support of the u.s. department of state's reception and placement (r&p) program, Samaritas provides newly arrived refugees with the essential Services and support they need to begin to rebuild their lives and take steps toward becoming u.s. citizens. Samaritas provides each refugee with the support to obtain self-sufficiency and become contributors to society within one year of arrival.our new american program Services provide sponsorship of refugees and assistance with resettlement and job placement, in conjunction with lirs. Resettlement Services provide core Services such as reception, housing placement, cultural orientation, english as a second language, medical case management, and school enrollment. Services are provided for 90 days. After resettlement, the focus is to achieve self-sufficiency at 180 days with employment Services designed to help newly arrived refugees find their first job and retain it, through the federal match grant program. Our center for survivors of torture provides counseling, psychotherapy Services and case management support to refugees, asylees, or others eligible under the prescribed federal guidelines. Our repatriation program assists us citizens with core Services such as reception, housing placement, financial assistance, food, transportation, referral to medical/ psychiatric evaluation, treatment.in 2020, Samaritas settled 165 refugees and served a total of 2,073 individuals through our new american Services. 83% of those served through the match grant program became self-sufficient within 180 days. Samaritas' community center provides a safe haven for children in struggling urban neighborhood. This center offers educational and recreational activities for children and a hot dinner program for families. Our community center is filled with the noise and laughter of children every day. Some are painting colorful pictures, while others are playing basketball with friends or studying for a math test with their mentor. There are always a variety of educational and recreational activities to keep children busy after school and in the summer. Families who are having a difficult time making ends meet are welcome to join us every evening for a nutritious hot dinner. At the community center, older teens and adults volunteer their time to be friends and mentors to the children. In 2020, 16,475 meals were served at our community center. In addition, 77% of youth that attend the community center attended school regularly. Samaritas house heartline is a safe haven that provides shelter, food, a supportive environment and discipline to women leaving the correction system or who are homeless. We serve women who are on probation for a criminal offense; serving a sentence through the criminal justice system; leaving a drug rehabilitation program; escaping a home broken by addiction; battered or in an abusive relationship. All residents receive counseling and support to help them become productive citizens. Samaritas house of detroit, one of the few centers of its kind in Michigan, leads women to a point where they can rejoin the mainstream as productive members of the community. Samaritas house detroit served 147 women in 2020. of those women, 75% completed the program successfully and 72% of those with a history of substance abuse left the center substance free.the Samaritas family center westland provides shelter Services for families, through a partnership of Samaritas and wayne county. We welcome: two-parent families, single mothers or fathers with children and pregnant women, who are homeless in wayne county. The center can serve up to 108 persons in 23 rooms at one time, and includes a full time childcare center. The tefap provides commodity foods to eligible low income residents in western wayne county and in the downriver areas. The family center is focused on helping families engage in the many Services offered in order to leave the center with a permanent housing option. In 2020, the family center provided 61 families (211 individuals) with temporary housing. of those exiting the center, 84% maintained or increased their income and 77% exited to permanent housing.
Samaritas has been providing Services for children and families since 1934. We are the largest private foster care organization in Michigan, with six regional centers in the lower peninsula. Foster care is a service provided to children from birth to age 18 who have been removed from their home because of risk of neglect or abuse. Foster families provide 24-hour care to children and help birth parents and children work towards family reunification. Samaritas staff provide support, and the local family court reviews progress regularly. Our experienced staff are passionate about their desire to help foster families create a better life for the children in their care. In 2020, Samaritas served 1,525 domestic youth in our foster care program. 95% of our youth in foster care had 2 or fewer placements in foster homes. of the youth in foster care, 51% were able to return to a parent or family member within 12 months of entering the foster care system. Achieving permanency is critical for the well-being of children who are unable to return to a parent/family member, and 58% of our youth were placed for adoption within 24 months of entering the foster care system, out-performing the state of Michigan benchmark of 36%. In addition to domestic foster care, Samaritas' unaccompanied refugee minor (urm) program serves youth who flee from war, violence or persecution in dozens of countries. By the time they get to the united states, they've been separated from and often lost contact with parents and other family members who can care for them and have often suffered great traumas and they're not even 18 years old. This program provides a variety of different Services for youth. Most youth are placed in foster homes to provide the family environment that is ideal for young people. Some youth need more assistance to recover from past traumas and are placed in our therapeutic foster care program. As youth mature and gain independence, they often graduate to a host home, providing less supervision and more general guidance about how to live on their own. Many youth in the program may be matched with a mentor, who will be a positive role model and help them adjust to the customs and culture of the united states. Many youth also have a tutor who helps them learn in a new educational system and develop positive study habits. In 2019, Samaritas was awarded a new contract to work with unaccompanied children (uc) to assist in reunifying them with sponsors in the united states. This program began in october of 2019. Youth needs vary by status. Uc youth are with the program for a shorter period of time and we work to assist them in improving their legal status.samaritas' behavioral health programs consist of several programs of varying sizes, including: home-based Services, outpatient therapy, trauma assessment and support Services (for youth). All of our behavioral health programs are designed to use person centered planning to keep the child in the least restrictive home environment. In 2020, Samaritas served 777 persons in our behavioral health programs. 97% of youth will remain in the community (at home) at the close of service.samaritas also offers family preservation programs, with the objective of keeping at-risk children safely with their families. Our families first program provides assistance for families at risk of entering the foster care system or requiring help with reunification when children return from foster care. This program makes community connections, increases natural supports and helps with budgeting and education toward keeping families together. The goal is to quickly stabilize and preserve the family. In 2020, 460 individuals were served under this program, and 92% of the children were not placed in foster care within 12 months of completing the program. Our family reunification program provides resources for families welcoming their children back from a stay in foster care, and is designed to assure continued success in maintaining children with their families. We offer counseling and guidance on the matters that are essential to maintaining a healthy family life, including budgeting, education and home management. 172 persons were served by this program in 2020, of which 90% of children remained in their home or a relative placement for 12 months after the intervention. Through Samaritas' adoption program Lutheran adoption Services (las) - we help a child find a "life-long loving family." Every child needs love, shelter and guidance. These most basic of provisions are missing for some children, and the older the child, the direr the circumstances, especially when they come from an abusive or neglectful situation. In 2020, las facilitated adoptions for 359 youth.
Persons with disabilities - in 2020, we served 56 individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities (dd/id) including individuals with autism, down syndrome, mental illness and other dd/id diagnoses. This support is achieved by providing a licensed home and care for individuals or by providing community living support Services in a person's own home. We have multiple locations throughout the state where we are able to arrange these Services and supports. We also assist individuals in maintaining independence within their own homes. By working with clients on a daily or weekly basis, we have the ability to see first-hand when they have physical/emotional/mental deterioration and address the issues so independence isn't threatened. We also work on skill-building with clients to improve adls, socialization, communication, and community skills. We integrate our clients into local community activities in order to be among other community members and participate in activities of their choosing. Affordable housing - Samaritas manages 14 affordable housing communities; where rental assistance is provided by the department of housing and urban development (hud) based on income eligibility. Twelve of these housing communities serve senior adults living independently; two serve families; and one serves physically disabled persons capable of living independently with or without a live-in aide. For people on a fixed income, with low or no income, Samaritas offers affordable living in Michigan thanks to our hud-subsidized communities. Each community features its own unique blend of residences, amenities, programs and healthcare Services so our residents feel like they are a part of a true community with friendly neighbors and caring staff that become like family. There is never a dull moment at Samaritas affordable living because residents enjoy an abundance of activities that range from fun to educational and everything in between. In 2020, Samaritas served 1,408 residents in affordable housing apartments. The properties continue to perform high on all hud reviews, achieving an average reac score of 97%, demonstrating Samaritas' commitment to a high standard of maintenance and service. At home support Services - the support Services program is focusing on improving the well-being of individuals and supports community involvement, building on daily living skills while keeping the individual in his/her home and not in a more intensive/restrictive setting. The program serves individuals with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities or mental illness, in their natural home environment. Our direct support professionals provide assistance with cleaning, cooking, hygiene, medications community skill building and integration in order to ensure that the person served can live independently. Our Services are authorized by community mental health, or the department of health and human Services. Services are provided in saginaw, monroe and grand traverse counties. In 2020, Samaritas provided over 120,000 hours of service for 105 individuals.

Who funds Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
West Michigan Partnership for ChildrenPayment for Program Service Expenses$5,172,305
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)Refugee Resettlement$2,660,108
United Way for Southeastern MichiganGrant$538,009
...and 12 more grants received
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...and 68 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at LSSM

Sam BealsChief Executive Officer$363,581
Kevin van Den BoschChief Operating Officer , Child and Family$194,549
Kimberley ThompsonChief Operating Officer , Senior Living$200,983
Jenny CederstromChief Financial Officer$262,561
Kelli DobnerChief Advancement Officer$211,490
...and 22 more key personnel

Financials for LSSM

RevenuesFYE 12/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$37,423,410
Program services$53,560,123
Investment income and dividends$678,654
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$102,328
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$2,339,902
Net income from fundraising events$76,599
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$1,145,004
Total revenues$95,326,020

Form 990s for LSSM

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-08-17990View PDF
2019-122020-12-03990View PDF
2018-122019-10-31990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122017-11-15990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
November 16, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 7 new grant, including a grant for $5,172,305 from West Michigan Partnership for Children
June 13, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
June 2, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
June 2, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
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General information
8131 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
Metro area
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
Wayne County, MI
Website URL
(313) 823-7700
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
X00: Religion: General
NAICS code, primary
813110: Religious Organizations
Parent/child status
Child within group exemption
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