Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries was created on Jan. 1, 2000, by the affiliation, and later merger, of Lutheran
Services Northeast, then based at Topton, Pa., and Tressler Lutheran Services, headquartered near Harrisburg, Pa.
Both continued the histories of service of numerous additional corporations, including two dating to the 1800s.
In the years since its creation, Diakon has grown markedly in the number of people it serves each year, while
fine-tuning the scope and focus of its ministries.
To read about the organizations that preceded Diakon, please select from any of the following links. In addition
to the organizational histories, Historical Overview provides a consolidated and chronological listing of pivotal
events within the histories of Diakon and its predecessor organizations, while TimeLines presents a series of
interesting vignettes from our shared past.
Lutheran Services Northeast
Tressler Lutheran Services
The Lutheran Home at Topton
Lutheran Social Services of Maryland
LWS of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Timelines - Vignettes on Diakon History
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