Our Mission

Motivated and guided by the compassion of Christ, we serve and care for people in need.


Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida operates four very different community outreach programs that share an important commonality… the ability to help those facing hardships stabilize their lives and earn a fresh start.

  • Refugee Services
  • AIDS Care and Education
  • Nourishment Network
  • Representative Payee Services


Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida was incorporated in 1979 by a consortium of Lutheran churches and Jacksonville community leaders. The first initiative operated by the nonprofit was the Nourishment Network – a small food pantry that has fed hundreds of thousands of food-insecure families over the past 35 years.

Just one year after the launch of the Nourishment Network program, Lutheran Social Services began resettling refugees admitted to the United States due to dangerous political climates or natural disasters in their own countries. More than three decades later, the Refugee Services program team still helps more than 1,000 refugees each year, from finding them places to live to assisting them with employment.

In 1992, the AIDS Care and Education program was established by Lutheran Social Services to provide case management, mental health services and education for people living with HIV and AIDS.

The Representative Payee Services program was implemented in 1995 after the Social Security Administration and the Florida Department of Children and Families approached Lutheran Social Services to help with the management of fiscal affairs for low-income people who need help managing their income appropriately to provide for their basic needs. This includes but is not limited to those receiving Social Security and disability benefits as well as VA and Railroad Retirement pensions.