As part of the year-long celebration of 150 years of service to youth and elderly in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) held a site celebration on September 14 for residents and employees of the three LHS senior independent living housing sites – Luther Grove, Luther Hills and Luther Ridge – located adjacent to each other near the intersection of Seaman and Wheeling streets.
The event, which was held in the courtyard at Luther Hills, 2472 Luther Hills Circle, consisted of an outdoor picnic featuring a grilled chicken dinner, cake, entertainment, and a historical display presented by the Rev. Gerald Labuhn, LHS Executive Director Emeritus and Archivist. Over 100 employees and residents attended the celebration.
LHS President/CEO David Roberts was on hand to welcome residents and employees to share in the celebration of 150 years of ministry. “Thank you for coming out on this beautiful day to help us celebrate the ministry of Lutheran Homes Society,” Mr. Roberts said. “You all are a blessing to Lutheran Homes Society, and we are grateful for the many years we have been able to faithfully serve those in need.”
LHS kicked off its 150th Anniversary year in early August with its annual meeting of member congregations. The annual meeting was followed by a weekend of festivities for the community, which attracted more than 3,000 people.
Lutheran Homes Society was founded on August 6, 1860, in the days leading up to the Civil War. The Society’s ministry began as a home for orphans, but expanded in 1906 to include care of the elderly. Today, more than 2,300 youth and elderly located throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan benefit from the Society’s residential and community services.