Celebrating 140 Years





2022 commemorates 140 years of Servant-Leadership for LSS. It’s a celebration of vision, faith, courage, growth, innovation, partnership and impact. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities! The many activities and events planned for quarter three are highlighted below and designed to fit your life.

Whether you have just 140 seconds, 14.0 minutes or 1.40 hours – we hope you will find some time to Act, Serve and Lead in our love of shared ministry, advocacy and action! We will add more ideas throughout the year, so please visit this page often.


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140th Happenings

You are a special part of LSS’ 140-year history!

Whether you “knew us when”, you work/volunteer with us now or we just recently met – we want to hear from you!

Please share the ways that LSS has positively impacted your life or the lives of those you love.  Go now to to record your personal story right from your computer or phone.

And don’t worry – multiple retakes are permitted until you are fully satisfied with your message.

Don’t have a personal LSS story? That’s okay – please send an Anniversary message of support and hope to our clients and colleagues instead.  All uploaded video messages will appear right here!

Record Your Tribute

LSS History

Client First Care 

Our client focused care has been in place since the early days. An excerpt from “A Dream Come True”, a book written in 1956  about the Homme Homes of Wittenberg it was noted that, “A superintendent should first of all have the ability to make a home for children, they said, and his skills as manager and farmer were secondary.” And the new Superintendent, R. L. Lokensgard fit the bill!.


The Wittenburg Family

In our research and inquiries, we recently made the acquaintance of a gentleman in Stevens Point, WI who reached out to us after reading our March newsletter at his church and learning about our 140 year milestone.

His grandmother grew up at the Homme Home, was the maid of honor in Pastor Homme’s daughter’s wedding, and spent her married life on a farm about one mile up the road from the current site of Homme Youth and Family Services.  He grew up in Wittenburg, his father served on the Homme Board for 3 decades, and the family had many connections through the years.

He gifted us with a copy of “A Dream Come True” a book commissioned by the ELCA on the 75th anniversary of the Homme Home. The book is out of print, but is truly a treasure as we celebrate our roots and honor the legacy of Pastor Homme. We are so blessed by this hidden treasure and can’t wait to share with you what we uncover!

In 1985, the LSS budget was reported at $13 million. 37 years later, our budget stands at $64 million. We have since expanded Rev. Homme’s vision to now serve nearly 30,000 individuals and families living in every Wisconsin county and in Upper Michigan.



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“Throwback to 8 years ago and the impact of our small beginnings 140 years ago: “Pastor Homme, if you can hear me, I want to tell you thank you for starting Homme [Youth and Family Programs], I don't know what I would do without this place and the people who care about me.”   ”