Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries offers a continuum of senior lifestyle and health services, including comprehensive senior living accommodations, health-care services, and community-based programs, and a range of services for children, youths,
families, and communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Diakon’s programs annually serve approximately 70,000 persons, while products distributed through Baltimore-based Diakon Kathryn’s Kloset are estimated to touch the lives of up to 1 million people regionally, nationally, and internationally each year.
Its name meaning “one assigned by the church to minister to the needs of others,” Diakon was formed by the Jan.
1, 2000, affiliation—and later merger—of Tressler Lutheran Services of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Lutheran Services Northeast—itself
an affiliation between The Lutheran Home at Topton, Pa., and Lutheran Welfare Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania,
Hazleton. With its deepest roots originating in 1868, Diakon’s history includes the legacy of service of such
additional organizations as Lutheran Social Services of Maryland, Baltimore.
Working in 40-plus service centers and senior living communities in the tri-state area, some 2,200 Diakon staff members
daily bring hope, hospitality, and healing to thousands of people.
Diakon, in fact, was created expressly to serve more people with quality care and accommodations.
Expanding such ministry arises from the heart of the Diakon mission as the organization reaches out, as part of Lutheran
Services in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, to serve those in need.
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries—Many Hands, guided by One Heart, reaching out through diverse programs to change the lives of children, families, and older adults.
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