Celebrating 100 Years of Health, Justice and Hope

Our roots date back to 1921 when Lutheran Compass Mission opened its doors in Tacoma. We had just weathered World War I and a global pandemic, and the mission was busy serving “down-and-out” members of the community. Lutherans in Portland launched a similar effort known as the Lutheran Welfare Society in 1926.

As human suffering escalated during the Great Depression in the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s, Lutherans continued to help vulnerable individuals and families. We also welcomed our first refugees from war-torn Eastern Europe as our new neighbors. Today, Lutheran Community Services Northwest is celebrating 100 years of health, justice and hope.

We are marking our historic milestone with stories, music and art that will appear throughout the year. We’ve launched this page to showcase these collections. Please check it often for updates.

Share Your Story

Throughout our Centennial year, we will be celebrating with stories and photos of our history — something we can’t do without YOU. If you’ve been impacted by LCS Northwest and have a story to share, we’d love to hear from you!

Click here to fill out a brief questionnaire and tell us about your story. We may even follow up with you to feature your story on our Centennial site! 

Centennial Feature

Throughout 2021 our Centennial Celebration will include special editorial content about our history, where we are today and our future.

The first piece is 5 questions with Denny McGuaghy, a longtime leader for us in Spokane and our agency’s first Chief Operating Officer. Denny talks about how we made it to 100 years, our growth in Spokane, and how Lutheran theology influenced his management philosophies. Read the story here.

Celebrate the past and support the future when you become a founding member of the Centennial Circle. Our vibrant and rich history is thanks to countless volunteers, staff members, and donors like you. Click here to read more and become part of that history today!

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