Through Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries, we offer a continuum of senior lifestyle and health-care services, including Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and a range of programs for children, youths, families, adult individuals of all ages and entire communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Annually, Diakon’s programs directly serve between more than 70,000 people.
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 LWS 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 nearly 30 service centers and senior living and housing communities, approximately 2,000 Diakon staff members daily bring hope, hospitality, and healing to thousands of people, reaching out, as part of Lutheran Services in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, to serve those in need.