LSA Resilience Network

Network Mission

The LSA Resilience Network (formerly LSA Disaster Network) brings LSA member organizations together to identify services and programs that can be enhanced to help people and communities they serve survive, rebuild, and rebound more quickly from adverse shocks and stresses such as floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, house fires, disease, economic crisis, and mass shootings.

The goal of the network is to work together to increase funding for existing services and programs by articulating and demonstrating how member organizations add value to people and communities in sustainable and meaningful ways every day by improving resilience especially prior to, during, and after adverse events. 

Network Updates

The LSA Resilience Network continues to support community resilience building through the programs of our members. These are few of the recent activities the network is working on:

Insurance Partnership Strategy - Over the past few months the LSA Resilience Network has developed a compelling partnership strategy for the insurance industry. We are now in the process of working with members of the Resilience Network on potential demonstration projects with targeted insurance companies. This complements our continued effort to identify insurance contacts on a national level.

VISTA Renewal - We have also submitted an application to renew our Community Resilience VISTA program for a second year. We look forward to continuing this new and innovative program to improve community resilience in low-come communities throughout the country.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine meeting – After conversations with the staff of the NAS Resilience Roundtable, we were invited to attend the first meeting of their expert group working to determine how to best measure community resilience. The meeting included scholars, consultants, and former government officials from FEMA and NOAA. We were able to make several new contacts and learn more about the current state of resilience measurement and initial plans for a new framework. We intend to participate and provide feedback to the group in the future. 

Resilience Conference – We also participated in the second annual Resilience Conference in New Orleans. The conference provided new ideas regarding how to better discuss resilience in our outreach efforts and more importantly several new relationships were started. 

Developing national relationships – We continue to speak to other organizations and experts working on community resilience. These relationships will provide our network with additional information and knowledge about resilience, raise the visibility of our network on a national level, and potentially collaborate with to find funding.

Network Members

  • Diakon
  • Liberty Lutheran Services
  • Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
  • Lutheran Services Carolinas
  • Lutheran Social Servicies of the National Capital Area
  • Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
  • Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
  • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
  • Upbring Disaster Response, the new LSSDR
  • Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Disaster Response Ministry
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Lutheran Disaster Response


LSA Resilience Network Resources

Login to the network members only resource page

LSA Community Resilience Building VISTA Program Portal

Upcoming Network Meetings


Network Stories and News

LSA member, Upbring, Assists with Disaster Response Efforts for Parishes in Louisiana Flooding 

LSA Announces Partnership with Resilience AmeriCorps to Help Underserved Communities Be Better Prepared for Shocks and Stresses

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) Awarded "Innovative Program of the Year" for Storm Shelter Pilot Project

Press Release May 14, 2015 - Lutheran Services in America Launches LSA Disaster Network to Increase Capacity to Help Local Communities When Disasters Strike


Alesia Frerichs, Director of Member Engagement, (202) 499-5822