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Congregational Associations

The Lutheran Care Network is a social ministry agency. A member of Lutheran Services of America, TLCN is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has official recognition by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Begun in 1875 by a group of Lutheran churches in Brooklyn, the first residence was a place where people came to retire to the “country”.  Beginning in 1960 with Medicare and Medicaid assistance for individuals providing a significant change in services for the elderly, our residences and housing units expanded both in services provided and in locations stretching from the Albany region to Long Island.

Today, as a Lutheran Social Ministry organization, TLCN still reflects its heritage and relationship to Lutheran churches.  Regional associations of congregations support its ministry through financial gifts and volunteers giving of their time and talents to enrich resident’s lives.

The TLC Network of ministries is dedicated to supporting congregations with partnerships that enrich all members. The Lutheran Care Network can provide speakers for wellness events and assist with Health Fairs hosted by congregations or community groups.

The Lutheran Care Network provides services for people of all faiths, under a strong Judeo-Christian mission, vision and values. 

Linking Care to Congregations

The Linking Care in Congregations for Older Adults program is designed to bring together selected members from regional congregations and the professional resources of The Lutheran Care Network. The relationship established between the local congregations and The Lutheran Care Network will empower congregation members to support the older members of their church using several avenues:  

  • Educational initiatives such as health and wellness events
  • Training for volunteers in outreach for personal contact and socialization of older adult members
  • Coordination of community services for maintenance of good health and safe living conditions. 

The goal of the program is to allow the older congregation member to stay healthy and independent within their home and congregation for longer periods of time.

Speaker's Bureau

Experts from The Lutheran Care Network are available to speak at churches and organizations in the community.

To arrange for a speaker or to discuss a topic, please contact:

Janet George, Director of Church and Community Engagement at