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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To promote shalom (peace, well-being)and justice (right relationships)through a Christian ministry of service and advocacy with those who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting.

Programs: The largest men's shelter in the state of ohio, 3,786 men served, 933 housing placements, 207 job placements 74 being full-time, 199 men gained job experience, 978 men received assistance in obtaining benefits.

youth services, - 422 youth at risk and in poverty were kept safe and engaged after school, 190 youth received shelter - 132 were age 17 or younger, 37 youth completed job training or earned a credential with 25 job placements.

adult support & advocacy - 751 with dementia or mental illness received guardianship, 100% maintained their housing, 13 adult care facilities became licensed to care for adults with criminal backgrounds, 1,062 staff trained at 178 adult group homes, 237 volunteer guardians and attorneys provided services.

social enterprises trains individuals from the homeless and re-entry populations in employable skills while operating socially responsible businesses:431,800 meals prepared for 6 community sites, 59 people received culinary training, 68 bike racks made and installed. Advocacy-225 families received health awareness tool kits while urban congregations served as health hubs, helping to reduce social and economic disparities in their communities. Behavioral health services - became a medicaid certified provider, provided 95 people with mental health and behavioral services.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

LMM has a long history with helping thousands of people in so many ways. I have attended a number of their events over the years and leave each one feeling revived. The stories of personal successes from those who were helped by a certain program or service at LMM always seems to make their personal stories emphasize empowerment. The future of LMM is so bright as they focus on innovative programs. These include Their Social Enterprise programs to teach employable skills and to help the community. The Central Kitchen that serves meals thousands of homeless and also teaches culinary skills. There is the bike rack program that teaches fabrication skills and are sold to businesses all around Cleveland. My personal favorite is the Community Garden. There are so many neat and innovative ideas and alot of passion taking place at LMM. If you have time you should visit them and see where you fit in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in the suburbs of Cleveland and feel insulated from many of the problems that a big city has - high unemployment, violence, crime, drugs, and poverty. I am so proud of the many all-stars thatt Lutheran Metroploitan Ministry has working to promote peace, justice, advocacy, and serviceto those who are oppressed, forgotten, and hurting in Cleveland. The efforts of this organization are making a difference in the downtown area and they should be commended.

Review from Guidestar

Karen R.


Rating: 5

The Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in Cleveland, Ohio serves people who need a friend- the homeless and other people who need a boost in their "hope" meter. The various agencies under the Lutheran Metro Ministry umbrella are all served by a warehouse on Prospect Ave. As a volunteer, I bring small items of furniture, lamps, bedding, towels, dishes, pots and pans, and anything a person might need to start a better new life in their new apartment. Larger items of furniture are also donated and picked up by the Ministry's two trucks to bring to the warehouse. Men who live at the Ministry's huge shelter on Lakeside Dr. work at the warehouse sorting donations, and some day, each one of them may be able to move into their own place and have basic items for their own home. They also may learn to repair bicycles or learn other useful skills. The warehouse director, Lisa, and the warehouse supervisor, John, work hard to make dreams come true for some of Cleveland's homeless people. Lutheran Metro Ministry offers many other services- there isn't enough room here to tell all the good things they do. Karen Reid

Review from Guidestar