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National Innovation Award Won by Project Wellness

The American Association of Service Coordinators has awarded its Affordable Housing Innovative Program of the Year to Project Wellness, an interactive program launched by Lutheran Senior Services in 2012 to help affordable housing residents better manage their health and reduce hospitalizations. The program pairs an on-site ‘tele-health’ kiosk with a parish nurse for consultation one […]

Chaplain Jeffrey Harter article featured in “Caring Connections.”

Chaplain Jeffrey Harter recently had an article published in Caring Connections. Reprinted with permission from Lutheran Services in America. The original appeared in Caring Connections Volume 14 2017 Number 3. If you would like to sign up for Caring Connections or other publications, you can visit

Creating Community Through Tragedy

“Serving as Christ would serve,” is a phrase commonly heard at Lutheran Senior Services (LSS). When both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma created a wave of need, resident and staff members responded asking, “What are we doing to help?” Jerri Phillips, Service Coordinator for Madison Manor and Vernon Heights, Lutheran Senior Services Affordable Housing locations, […]


Peoria, Ill, September 12, 2017 – Keep Peoria Beautiful has named Lutheran Hillside Village a winner of its 2017 Orchid Maintenance Award. The award is given each year to select commercial properties in the Peoria area that have previously won an Orchid Award for beautiful landscapes and then continue to maintain their property in excellent […]

Lenoir Woods senior living community opens 79 new apartments

As featured on – visit here to view video. COLUMBIA – Senior citizens now have more options when it comes to independent living apartments. Lenoir Woods senior living community opened its doors to 79 new independent living apartments at a dedication ceremony Wednesday morning. The ceremony featured a ribbon cutting and appearances from Mayor Brain […]

Smarts, Service, and Stewardship: LSS Staff Has It All

Every year, John Kotovsky, President and CEO of Lutheran Senior Services, gets hundreds of emails and letters from residents and their family members. They sing praises for the great staff LSS has and the difference they make. In response, John put a challenge out to all employees. He would join in the job of any […]

Merwyn’s Green Thumb

We are all familiar with the phrase “it takes a village”, referring to the mentality that we have to work together to achieve our goals. For Merwyn French, making the world a beautiful place through gardening had always been a goal. Merwyn was a Farm Manager in Nebraska until the spring of 2003, when he […]

LSS wins 1st place in the Valuing Gray Video Contest

Congratulations to our Masterpiece Living Residents from Breeze Park, Heisinger Bluffs, and Meridian Village who shared their stories of purpose and giving to others. Because of their efforts, LSS won 1st place in the Valuing Gray Video Contest. The Valuing Gray video contest from Masterpiece Living (MPL) is designed to showcase how the talents of […]

5 Legal Documents You Need Right Now: Expert Advice from Lutheran Senior Services

  Planning for your future is always a good idea. The basics of estate planning include five documents that will assist both you and your loved ones in managing your property and medical care. 1. Release of Information: The Release of Information form allows your healthcare provider to discuss your medical care and medical bills […]

Support Project Wellness on GiveSTLDay!

One day can change the life of an older adult – several, even hundreds! GiveSTLDay is coming Thursday, May 11. This 24-hour giving event celebrates generosity and the work of nonprofits in the St. Louis area, including Project Wellness at Lutheran Senior Services.   View our segment on Show Me St. Louis.   Join us […]