Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin

LCFS is a nonprofit agency that helps individuals and families with mental health concerns, addictions, family counseling, in-school counseling, and adoptions services. It has a main office in Wauwatosa, Wis., with 10 satellite locations throughout Wisconsin. It has existed since 1896 and has been offering in-school counseling services since the early 1990's. It also owns four Thrift Stores that provide earned revenue for the nonprofit.

Primary Focus: Urban in-school counseling program

Lutheran Affiliation: LCMS

Operating Budget: $1,285,660

Programs: LCFS' in-school counseling program served 120 students with 1,428 counseling sessions across 16 schools during the 2020-21 school year. LCFS' new strategic plan outlines steady growth in the number of partner schools and students being served. Principals at current schools are requesting an increase in the presence and treatment offered by LCFS' counselors. During this 2021-22 school year, LCFS is adding one full-time counselor and one part-time counselor.

The program is offered to children identified as being at risk for mental health or behavioral concerns, which are affecting daily lives and social/educational development. LCFS works primarily with smaller private/parochial schools and schools in socio-economically challenged areas of Milwaukee and outlying areas whose budgets cannot support counseling services. Counseling performed within the school is an efficient way to ensure a student’s future stability and success.

Who Is Served: LCFS’s in-school counseling program is for children identified as being at risk for mental health or behavioral concerns. Approximately 36.2% of children served come from households earning incomes below the federal poverty line and neighborhoods with a higher rate of childhood poverty than 80.4% of other U.S. neighborhoods.

Location: 3800 N. Mayfair Road., Milwaukee, WI 53226