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Called to Serve. Empowered to Act. Inspired to Lead. With You, We Ignite the Flame of Unlimited Potential.

Bela Maroti 1930 – 2022

Bela Maroti, our dear friend, advisor and cherished founder of the LSS Foundation has left an indelible mark on all of us at LSS.

Bela’s legacy of hope in recovery has impacted tens of thousands of lives because he said “yes” to using his God-given gifts to serve others.

He was a man of tremendous wisdom, grace, and kindness. His infectious smile, brilliant counsel, and tender heart will be forever missed.

Bela was both a guidepost and a beacon for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) and the LSS Foundation. He was advisor, advocate, and champion in helping to shape our programs. His visionary, Servant-Leadership recognized the need for long-term financial support of human services programs.

Learn more about Bela’s legacy here.

View Bela’s obituary and information regarding his memorial service here.

To make a gift in honor of Bela Maroti, please consider the following:

For current support of programs and services, make gift payable to LSS and mail to:

Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI

PO Box 88868

Milwaukee, WI 53288

For long-term support of LSS, make gift payable to LSS Foundation and mail to:

LSS Foundation

PO Box 88738

Milwaukee, WI 53288

Your Faithful Care Provides Hope and Peace 

When we come together – again and again – and in numerous different ways you impact lives and the greater good. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to creating healthy communities filled with people using their God-given gifts to serve!

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High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón

Don’t miss Governor Tony Evers in the ring airing Wednesday, October 19 at 12 noon!

Podcast guests talk about their challenges with systemic barriers that perpetuate stigma, devalue social programs, and ultimately prevent community-based organizations and the people we serve from thriving.  Meet our guests and watch or listen now. 

Our Impact

Called to serve with compassion and courage, LSS is humbled by the 93% of clients who say we improved the quality of their lives.

Our Impact

Find out how we are Strengthening Families, Healing Communities, and Creating Avenues for Belonging.
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Leaders Inspire Others to Become More

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." That would make Rev. Homme the ultimate Servant-Leader as his dream to serve others is now alive in every Wisconsin County and in Upper M...
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Thirteen31 Place Apartments Providing Affordable Housing, Empowerment Services to Residents

MILWAUKEE — Thirteen31 Place Apartments will do more than simply offer affordable housing in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood. The goal of the 89-unit apartment building is to uplift the residents through empowerment ...
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Local Agency LSS Assists Afghan Refugees (CBS News Story)

West Allis, WI – Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan (LSS) is preparing to serve as many Afghan refugees as possible as they make their way from Fort McCoy into various cities across Wisconsin. CBS 58 News in Mi...
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A Long Journey Home

On a cold day in January, a family of 26 people — four brothers and their cousin, along with their wives and children — arrived at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. They were forced to flee Syria and live in a Jordani...
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Pandemic Brings Hope and Heroes

The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all of our lives in ways that are too many to count. Just as hospitals and medical personnel are delivering essential services to the many in need of physical healing, so too is LSS delivering essentia...
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Nicole's Story of Home

"If it weren’t for LSS, I’d be in jail, I wouldn’t have my kids and I’d be using again."
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Emily's Telehealth Victory

Emily’s story demonstrates the powerful transformation that takes place when we join together.
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Mary's Canine Therapist

Lives are transformed when we join together. The LSS Response Fund allowed us to adapt to Telehealth services during the lockdown, which made all the difference for our client Mary
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Kendra's Independence

I am able to now live as a survivor instead of a victim.
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Church Relations

With the blessed support of congregations we, together, achieve the goals of our mission and vision.  As the social ministry partner of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) LSS partners with over 600 ELCA congregations and many more of other denominations to strengthen families, heal communities and empower independence and belonging.

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Join Our Team

With Servant-led hearts, we advocate for the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, cultivating bravery in every life we touch. We challenge what has been, and co-create with our clients what could be. Visit our Careers Page for more about our benefits and the LSS culture.

News and Events

Access LSS News coverage, events, press releases, Héctor Colón’s media kit and connect with our Communications team.

Knocking Out the Real Social Issues in Wisconsin with Governor Evers

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LSS 140th Anniversary

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Episode 7: Jose Olivieri - Living the Duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience Over Self

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Lutheran Social Services Engages in Statewide Collaborative Pilot for High-Needs Youth

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