Strong, caring communities inspired though the love of God.
We show God's unconditional love for us through sharing the love of Christ and building caring communities.
We work with communities with compassion and respect, to develop efficient and effective ways to respond to individuals and families in need.
We seek to address poverty and injustice so that those in need are empowered to achieve their full potential.
We embrace all people regardless of language, culture, ethnicity or religion.
Treat each individual with dignity and recognise their value before God
Consistently act in a professional, honest and transparent manner
Be caring and non-judgmental in our actions
Serve for the good of others
Remain true to God's word in serving other
Trust God to guide us in all that we do
The Lutheran Church of Australia has always engaged in activities supporting child welfare, hospital and prison visiting, Christmas cheer for psychiatric patients and those with special needs within congregations.
In the 1950s a number of women in the Lutheran Church became increasingly aware of the growing need for community support.
The growing need for community support included women suffering from domestic violence, mental illness, poverty and a number of social welfare problems termed as 'social distress'.
These women were well ahead of their time.
In an action that was visionary, the Lutheran Women of South Australia formed a Social Welfare Committee in 1964 which led to the formal opening of The Lutheran Social Welfare Centre on 23 November 1969 at the current premises at 309 Prospect Road, Blair Athol.
This was a milestone for the Lutheran Church and a God-send for the poverty stricken and newly arrived migrants living in the northern metropolitan suburbs of Adelaide.
In 1986 The Lutheran Social Welfare Centre changed its name to Lutheran Community Care.
Today, Lutheran Community Care has grown from one paid staff member to over 130 full-time and part-time staff and 500 wonderful volunteers.
There are 19 sites and over 50 community programs that support many thousands of individuals and families every year across South Australia and the Northern Territory.