Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service (WLCFS)

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WLCFS Christian Family Solutions is a non-profit social service agency headquartered in Germantown, WI and is affiliated with, but not financially supported by, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

History[edit]

WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions (previously known as Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service), was founded in 1965 as Wisconsin Lutheran Convalescent Home, a joint outgrowth of the Bethany Convalescent Home in Milwaukee, WI and the Lutheran Children's Friend Society in Wauwatosa, WI. Later in 1965, the Board of Directors determined that there was a significant need for a child welfare agency within the Wisconsin Synod.

On January 30, 1966, the official name of the agency was changed to Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service, Inc. to reflect the two divisions of the agency (child welfare and convalescent/aging). The child welfare division included Christian Family Counseling and an adoption service.

On September 24, 1967, WLCFS held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 48-bed addition to the 116-bed residence for the aging and a two-story building that housed the child welfare and administrative offices.

In 1980, WLCFS created a subsidiary named Wisconsin Lutheran Retirement Community, Inc. (WLRC) to build and oversee Luther Haven, an independent retirement community in Milwaukee, WI.

In 1994, the adoption service of WLCFS was closed, and the name of the existing convalescent home was changed to Wisconsin Lutheran Care Center.

The addition of Wisconsin Lutheran Living Center, an assisted living facility in Milwaukee, was completed in 1997.

In 2008, WLCFS started the Member Assistance Program, a customized and comprehensive way for churches, schools, and organizations to assist in meeting the emotional or psychological needs of their members and students by providing them with convenient, affordable Christian services, like counseling, consultation, and educational presentations. These services can be provided either in person or via a secure video connection anywhere in the world, utilizing a web cam and a secure Internet connection.

In June 2009, WLCFS dedicated its latest facility, The Gardens of Hartford, an assisted living facility in Hartford, WI.

In January 2011, WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions acquired Samaritan at Home Care, which provides non-medical in-home care services to the disabled, the elderly, and expectant or new mothers in the communities surrounding Milwaukee, WI. Later, the name of this program was changed to Christian Family Solutions Home Care.

In September 2011, WLCFS finalized the sale of the nursing home, Wisconsin Lutheran Care Center, to an outside company. The facility is now known as Milwaukee Estates Living & Care Center.

In October 2011, WLCFS became known as WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions to reflect a more global reach of its services. The agency's legal name remains Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service, Inc.

In February 2012, WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions moved its corporate headquarters to Germantown, WI.

Today[edit]

WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions currently owns and operates an assisted living facility on Milwaukee’s northwest side and an assisted living facility in Hartford, Wisconsin. Our in-home care program provides caring, help-at-home personal assistance services to adults in the Milwaukee area and surrounding counties. In addition, our Elder Care Navigation Program helps families find the right care options and programs for elderly loved ones, and the Tele-Check Monitoring Program offers families a cost-effective way to check in on the safety and welfare of senior loved ones.

Counseling and professional therapy services are provided through our 15 state-certified Christian Family Counseling clinics in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. In addition to the counseling provided at our clinics, our Member Assistance Program, which provides video-assisted counseling, has grown to nearly 300 organizations around the world. Confidential counseling services are conveniently provided through a secure Internet connection using a computer and a web cam, which is particularly helpful in areas where Christian counselors are unavailable.

To learn more about WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions, please call 888.685.9522, or visit www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org.

Leadership[edit]

Christian Family Solutions is under the direction of a Board of Directors of called workers and laymen from within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Chief Executive Officers

Mr. Daniel Degner: 2009-present

Rev. James Mattek: 2004-2009

Rev. Robert Michel: 1992-2004

Rev. Ernst Lehninger: 1965-1992

Sources[edit]

WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Schumacher, Mary Louise. "One Call Can Turn Your Life Around" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 28, 2009. [1]

External links[edit]

WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions [2]

Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod [3]