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Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Youth Services
Last updated on July 28, 2016


Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry - Youth Services works to promote healing through Christian service and advocacy with youth who are hurting, displaced and forgotten.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Youth Services is the youth-serving branch of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry and operates three programs designed to serve teens. All of the programs have in common service to vulnerable populations, they respect the youth they work with and work to build on the teens’ positive assets.

  1. After School Prevention Resources: a drop-in after-school program serving primarily low-income teens, ages 12-17, with recreation, art, music, conflict management skills, Rights of Passage curriculum, substance abuse and STD education.
  2. Next Step Youth Shelter: Temporary residence for runaway/homeless teens (ages 12-17) and foster teens referred by the county’s Division of Children and Family Services.
  3. Next Step Independent Living: older teens aging out of the foster care system. Mental health services are provided along with life skills training, education and job-seeking assistance.

  4. History:
    Since 1969 Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) has responded to Micah’s call to do justice by building right relationships in community. LMM’s conception was a reaction to the pain of the urban unrest of the 1960s; specifically the upheaval in the Hough area of Cleveland. The All Lutheran Pastoral Conference of Cleveland was held in 1967 to consider an appropriate response. Clergy and lay people worked together to form a cooperative arrangement involving the major Lutheran Church bodies. Rev. Richard E. Sering was called to direct the grassroots effort, which became Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. The social ministry grew as it created programs to serve with people who are ‘left out’ in society and whose voices are not often heard. Today, LMM serves and advocates with persons involved in the criminal justice system, youth at risk,people with long-term care needs and people who are homeless.

    Contact people:
     Mark Brauer, Vice President, Youth Services, (phone), (email)
    Ricky Ferguson, Associate Vice President, (phone), (email)

    Main office number: (216) 696-0370

     4515 Superior Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44103
    (See a map)

    Web Site: http://www.lutheranmetro.org


     Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Youth Services administrative offices are located at the Richard Sering Center, 4515 Superior Avenue, 1/2 mile east of the Superior Avenue exit off the I-90 innerbelt.
      Nearest Bus Stop: Superior and E. 43rd, 2 minute walk
    Last updated on July 28, 2016

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