LMM COVID-19 Preparedness

Updated (4/7/20)
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) has been following the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and advancing our safety and business continuity plans in coordination with city and county governmental partners and within the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute of Health, and the World Health Organization.
In response, we have and will continue to put in place preventive measures to help keep our valued clients, volunteers, partners, staff and the broader community safe.


LMM’s programs and services provide for some of the most basic needs of our community across the social service spectrum – food, shelter, housing, health and wellness (see our essential services justification letter). In coordination with a continuum of service partners, LMM is implementing policies and procedures specific to each LMM site and client base along with assessing workforce through cross-training and other measures so we may continue our services to residents and participants in our region. 


We recognize that we serve and often employ some of the most vulnerable populations in our community, and some people may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Infectious disease prevention measures as recommended by the CDC have been implemented across all of our service sites and employee workplaces. As related to our public engagement activities we are also putting in place, effective immediately, the following:


  • Closing our Richard Sering Center at 4515 Superior Ave. and Health & Wellness Services Center at 4100 Franklin Blvd. to the public (remaining open to clients)
  • Suspending all volunteering by groups and individuals at all LMM sites
  • Suspending all external meetings and limiting in-person large group staff meetings
  • Utilizing technology as practical and feasible for internal meetings and meetings with service continuum partners

If you would still like to contribute, although we cannot take on-site volunteers, we will be gratefully accepting pre-packaged meals or meal sponsorships at our Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside. Please contact Lydia Bailey, Volunteer Coordinator at the Men’s Shelter, if you would like more information.

Recognizing the situation is fluid and rapidly changing, we will continue to assess the appropriate responses to best engage internal and external stakeholders to position LMM to continue to support individuals in our community during this exceptionally challenging time. We thank you for your understanding as we join the rest of the country in trying to stay healthy so we can get back to business as usual.

For regular updates regarding LMM, stay in touch via our TwitterFacebook and website.


Maria Foschia
COO & Acting CEO