Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota opened its new statewide headquarters at 3911 20th Avenue South in Fargo, on Monday, June 15.
The agency—initially founded in 1919 as an adoption organization—has a long tradition of charting new growth based on the needs of people living in North Dakota.
From its beginnings as a child placement service provider and re-settler of European refugee children after World War II to its current incarnation as a state leader in affordable housing, behavioral health care, and innovative services for children and seniors, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota’s focus is always on helping people thrive.
The new facility includes both staff offices and a spacious conference center, which is available for public use. The Scandinavian-inspired architectural design and color palette within the building honor North Dakota’s heritage, while offering modern, flexible work spaces that allow staff and clients to collaborate easily in a mix of both private and shared spaces.
Key elected officials and ambassadors from The Chamber Fargo Moorhead West Fargo shared greetings with the audience. Governor Jack Dalrymple was the opening speaker. Guests and donors at the ceremony were given guided tours of the new facility following the ceremony. Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota CEO Jessica Thomasson and Bishop Terry Brandt of the Eastern North Dakota ELCA Synod—whose offices are co-located at the new building—hosted the dedication.