Main Site:
1340 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 426-8610

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About Lutheran Settlement House

Our Mission
Over the past century, as the needs of the community have changed, the nature of the organization has also gone through transformations. Yet the core mission of Lutheran Settlement House —

"to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational, and advocacy services"


Our Vision

Lutheran Settlement house, a community-based agency, Working from our strengths will:

·         Continuously strive for excellence

·         Provide integrated, quality services to individuals, families and communities.

·         Live the values and behaviors that we support in others.

·         Partner with individuals, families and communities to advocate for social changes that lead to individual and community self-sufficiency.

Our Services:

  • Bilingual Domestic Violence Program
  • Communinity Education and Employment Department (CEED)
  • Homeless Services (Jane Addams)
  • Senior Services (Lutheran)



Our History

In 1902, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) was founded as the “Lutheran Social Mission Society of Philadelphia,” a special urban ministry of the Lutheran Church in southeastern Pennsylvania. While a mission of the church, the Lutheran Settlement House has, since its inception, served vulnerable children, adults, families, and senior citizens living in inner city Philadelphia, regardless of race or creed.

Early in the 20th century, the Kensington neighborhood was considered one of the great industrial districts in America. This section of Philadelphia was crowded with mills, factories, breweries and machine shops. As a result, this area of the city also became the first stop for thousands of immigrants who used their trades from the old country to make a new life in America. As part of the evolution of the settlement movement in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Lutheran Settlement House has maintained a physical presence in its lower Kensington neighborhood since the turn of the century. LSH found its permanent location at 1340 Frankford Avenue with the purchase of this property in 1911.

Lutheran Settlement House, as it celebrates its 100th year of service in Philadelphia, provides a remarkable witness to the rich history of immigration in the United States, the ebb tide of the industrial revolution, the role of the church in society, and the multifaceted face of Philadelphia. LSH continues to address the complex needs of children, adults, and families struggling to survive in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the city.



Our Members

Diversified Community Services
1920 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Friends Neighborhood Guild
703 North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Grace Safe Place
7107 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19138

Legacy Christian Academy
6400 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151

The Lighthouse
152 West Lehigh Aveue
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Lutheran Settlement House 
1340 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125

New Leaf Club
1225 Montrose Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010

Nicetown CDC
4414 Germantown, 3rd Floor, Suite B Philadelphia, PA 19140

North Light Community Center
175-183 Green Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19127

Providence Center
2635 N. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

United Communities of
Southeast Philadelphia
2029 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

The Village of Arts and Humanities
2544 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133
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