In the past 100 years, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota has grown from a tiny, fledgling charity dedicated chiefly to the shelter of abandoned children to a forward-thinking statewide agency with over 300 employees, six program centers and 50-some programs and initiatives.


And yet, as much as it has changed, its core mission has stayed the same. A century after finding caring homes for neglected and unwanted babies and children, LSSND social workers still find loving adoptive families for little ones. Nearly 100 years after Lutheran ministers were horrified to learn that young immigrant women were being forced into prostitution and white slavery right here in Fargo, the agency continues to fight against human trafficking. More than 70 years after the agency helped European refugees escape poverty in their war-torn homelands, we continue to provide a fresh start for New Americans seeking safety.


In celebration of 100 years of service to North Dakotans, LSSND has re-printed a cookbook originally published by the First Lutheran Church Ladies Aid to raise funds for LSSND’s home for unwed mothers sometime in the late 1920s or 1930s. Women’s church groups were an important part of LSSND’s history. Organizations like the Ladies Aids and Gleaners frequently raised money for equipment, furniture, toys and other items at the House of Mercy and other LSSND properties. Some of those grandmothers, moms, wives, daughters and aunts are listed in the 134-page “Lutheran Home Cook Book,” which contains timeless recipes (meatloaf, peach pie) plus a few historic curiosities (Pork Fruit Cake or Prune Whip, anyone?). This charming publication is reprinted exactly as we found the original, including water-stained pages and newspaper recipes that had been pasted on spare pages. The two-ring binding and durable, waterproof pages mean it will stand up to many sessions of cooking – or just reading – for years to come.


Help us celebrate 100 years of service across North Dakota by hosting a celebration at your congregation in 2019. A video about LSSND's history and additional materials will be provided. 

Contact Bryan Quigley to learn more. 

100 Years of Service - Trailer

100 Years of Service - Trailer

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