Gifts of Hope is a consortium of 17 Lutheran-sponsored organizations who share a common mission of answering the Lord’s call to aid people in need. Gifts of Hope increases awareness about our agencies and raises funds so that the member organizations may continue their work.

The Gifts of Hope organization benefits 10 social service agencies, 2 church camps, one college, one seminary, and 3 international companion synods. While Gifts of Hope is sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), most of our organizations are pan-Lutheran, meaning that they are allied with more than one Lutheran church body. The two largest are the ELCA and Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

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Below are the organizations that currently benefit from the Gifts of Hope program:

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Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center
(Gift C- 1, C-26)

  • Established in 1957 as a place to connect with God in God’s creation.
  • Year round retreat facilities for up to 100 guests.
  • Serving youth and adults in congregations, schools, scouts, and other organizations.
  • Facilities include meeting, dining, and bathing buildings, cabins, sukkahs (screened 3-season huts), a 5-acre lake, prayer labrynth, five established camp fire circles, numerous trails, a 19th century chapel and log cabin, additional meeting and lodging spaces and tent sites, and the remains of a Civil War era iron ore furnace.
  • We offer week long summer camp programs from June – August.
  • We have nearly 300 acres of space located on the Massanutten Mountain between Luray and Edinburg, VA.
  • / (540) 933-6266


Community Family Life ServicesCFLS Logo
(Gifts C-24, C-27, C-37)

  • Founded in 1969.
  • CFLS’s mission is to provide clients with the tools they need to move themselves beyond poverty and homelessness into permanent self-sufficiency.
  • Provides short-term crisis assistance and offers programs that empower individuals and families to change their lives over the long term.
  • Serves more than 1,200 homeless or low-income individuals, children, youth and families each year.
  • Comprehensive programs include food and clothing distribution; affordable housing; medical case management; substance abuse counseling; youth, family and parent mentoring; and employment development and placement.
  • / (202) 347-0511


Fellowship Square FoundationFSlogo-0311
(Gifts C-28, C-35, C-40)

  • Founded in 1960
  • Provides affordable housing to low-income elderly and disabled
  • Five Fellowship Houses in DC area
  • Chaplaincy program provides pastoral care and counseling to residents
  • Services include transportation, homemaker services, and meals
  • / (703) 471-5370


Good Shepherd Housing FoundationLogo_GoodSheperd
(Gifts C-5, C-20)

  • Provides affordable, permanent, supportive housing
  • Serves individuals and families with chronic low income
  • Assists clients to utilize mainstream services including healthcare services
  • Provides supports for parents and families
  • / (703) 730-1078


Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corporation)Logo Housing Up
(Gifts C-7, C-19, C-34)

  • Serves more than 600 homeless or at-risk families
  • Operates transitional, permanent supportive, rapid re-housing, and
    affordable rental housing programs
  • Comprehensive supportive services include employment and career counseling, parenting and family life skills, substance
    abuse counseling, mental health counseling for adults and children, and youth enrichment programs
  • 83% of the transitional housing families who graduated from the program moved into permanent housing
  • / (202) 291-5535


Lutheran Social Services/National Capital Arealogo_LSS
(Gifts C-13, C-31, C-38)

  • Serving the Greater Washington DC Region for 100 years
  • Programs include:
    • Children’s Services
    • Refugee & Immigration Services
    • Youth Haven for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS related stigma
  • Providing direct services to more than 2,000 individuals each year
  • / (202) 723-3000


Lutheran Theological Seminary at GettysburgLogo_Gettysburg
(Gifts C-15, C-21)

  • Founded in 1826, oldest Lutheran seminary in US
  • Graduate degree programs for ministry and continuing theological education
  • With more than 5500 graduates around the world
  • Over 90% of students receive scholarships
  • / (800) MLUTHER


Lutheran Volunteer Corpslogo_LVC
(Gifts C-14, C-30, C-32)

  • Since 1979, more than 1500 Lutheran Volunteers
  • Volunteers spend a year working for social justice providing direct services to marginalized in society
  • Addresses root causes of poverty and oppression
  • Providing services in 10 cities throughout the US
  • / (202) 387-3222



Mar-Lu-Ridge Lutheran Camp
(Gift C-1, C-26)

  • Year-round outdoor ministry retreat facility
  • Small group and specialty camps for ages 6-17, Day Camp, Family and Adult Camps
  • Camper scholarship program
  • Facilities include inn, lodges, and cabins
  • Over 450 wooded acres and trails and 5 ponds
  • / (800) 238-9974


N Street VillageLogo_NStreet
(Gifts C-3, C-4, C-22)

  • Founded in 1973 as a place of biblical hospitality
  • Serves homeless women and families
  • Housing individuals in temporary shelter, transitional housing, and affordable permanent placements
  • Provides day program, addiction recovery program, wellness center, and childcare
  • / (202) 939-2072


(Gifts C-2, C-8, C-25)

  • 11 Years of service
  • Housing for our Neighbor in Need
  • Helping homeless victims of domestic abuse
  • Providing housing, education, childcare
  • Providing counseling, mentoring, financial management
  • / 703-955-7876


Roanoke College
(Gift C-11)

  • Founded in 1842
  • Only Lutheran college in Virginia and second oldest Lutheran school in the US
  • 1900 students chose from 33 majors, 28 minors and 17 concentrations
  • Gives millions of dollars in financial aid, including special aid to Lutherans
  • / (540) 375-2200


Southeast Ministryseministry_design5
(Gifts C-18, C-29, C-39)

  • Grassroots social justice ministry
  • Provides job readiness and GED classes
  • Ex-offender support group
  • Ministry of hope that builds self-esteem, transforms lives, and helps people realize their God-given abilities
  • / (202) 562-2636


The Village at Rockville, A National Lutheran CommunityRockville
(Gifts C-17, C-23)

  • Over 120 years of service to seniors
  • Offers an array of health services through rehabilitation, skilled care, assisted living, and independent living programs
  • Provides lifelong learning for residents and neighbors in all aspects of life: physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, and vocational
  • Committed to fulfilling a mission of service to seniors through benevolent care
  • / (301) 424-9560



Companion Synods of the Metropolitan DC Synod


Salvadoran Lutheran Church
(Gifts C-33, C-36)

  • Largest Lutheran Synod in Central America
  • Provides holistic approach to ministry
  • Offers hope and reconciliation
  • Helps the vulnerable in rural and urban areas


Lutheran Churches in Namibia – Northern Synod (ELCIN), Southern and Central Synod (ELCRN)Logo_ELCIN
(Gifts C-9, C-12, C-16)

  • Support seminary
  • Sustain educational and economic projects
  • Meet spiritual need of Namibian people


Lutheran Churches in Slovakia
(Gift C-6, C-10)

  • More than 300 congregations
  • Numerous Lutheran elementary and secondary schools
  • Established Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Outreach to Roma (Gypsy) community