Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, Inc. (LSSDR) is a program of Lutheran Social Services of the South, with the mission of providing help, healing, and hope before and after disasters.  LSSDR serves the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma and is affiliated with Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR), a national ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

How LSSDR Serves

Each disaster is different and calls for a unique response; therefore, the needs of the community and the availability of resources guide the role LSSDR plays. In every disaster, LSSDR collaborates and coordinates with other nonprofit agencies and groups so that efforts are not duplicated and service gaps are filled. Our roles historically include:

  • Preparedness
  • Emergency Hardship Grants
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care
  • Disaster Case Management
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Repair & Rebuild Assistance


Central Texas Flood Disaster Response:  LSSDR participated in the long term recovery of flood victims in the Pflugerville, Onion Creek, Manchaca, Buda, Del Valle, San Marcos, and Wimberley areas.

Hurricane Isaac: We worked with government agency and other faith-based partners in Louisiana, providing emergency assistance for unmet needs and involvement in long-term recovery assistance like we have provided following hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike.

Bastrop Wildfire Reconstruction and Rehabilitation: LSSDR was chosen by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) as the case management firm to assist residents of Bastrop County Texas affected by the Texas Wildfires of 2011 eligible for assistance under the Community Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program.    

Dallas Tornadoes: We provided emergency assistance to families whose homes and possessions were damaged or destroyed in the catastrophic tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area on April 3, 2014.

Get Involved

In preparation for and during emergencies in Louisiana, Texas, or Oklahoma, LSSDR needs your help to bring aid and comfort to victims of disasters. Please consider reaching out to help those in need. Volunteer or donate now to support our disaster response efforts.