Second Harvest North Florida is the oldest and largest program of Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida. LSS was founded in 1979 by area Lutherans and business leaders and continues to be led by Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregations today.
The agency currently operates four programs in addition to Second Harvest:
- Refugee and Immigration Services, which has resettled 90 percent of all refugees coming to Jacksonville through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) since its founding in 1979.
- AIDS Care and Education, which was started in 1992 to provide assistance to people and families who are HIV-positive or living with AIDS through case management, counseling support and education services.
- Representative Payee Services, a program that provides financial management assistance for the mentally ill, the homeless, persons diagnosed as HIV positive and children. The program provides a link to services that ensure children get proper health care and education and that monthly payments of rent and utilities as well as regular and appropriate purchases of food, medicine and other necessities are provided for.
- The Sharing Place Thrift Store, located at 4615 Philips Highway, was opened in 2007 and supports the LSS Refugee and Immigration Services program by providing necessary items for establishing household for its clients, as well as revenue for the agency as a whole.
Call 904.448.5995 for more information about any of these programs and services or visit LSS on the World Wide Web at www.lssjax.org.