About Us

Lutheran was founded in 1886 as the G.A. Home for Children to serve the children of Swedish immigrants who lost their lives in the trek to America. As the years passed and the needs of the community changed, today Lutheran serves both seniors and youth with special needs.

Our Mission

Lutheran, a Christian organization, is a comprehensive continuum of community, residential and home-based supportive services that helps people gain or retain independence.

Our Vision

Lutheran is working toward a future where people have choices based on need and can access appropriate and cost-effective services in an environment that enhances their quality of life and allows them to be contributing and active members in their communities.

Milestones of Our History

Timeline

1883
July 26

1883-1886 – The Beginning

1883-1886 – The Beginning
Following the close of the Civil War in 1865, Swedish immigrants flooded to the United States. Many of the immigrants arriving from Sweden during the period 1868-78 remained in the eastern states because of lack of funds to continue their journey to the Midwest…. It did happen that both parents died and left children alone in the new world. Orphan children became the great concern of the church fathers.  They were being raised by strangers who did not teach them the Lutheran faith.   The G.A. Children’s Home was built as the first united effort of the New York Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church, with the support of 43 congregations in the conference.  The Home was named after King Gustavus Adolphus who laid the foundation of modern Sweden.
1927
July 26

1927 – Children’s Home Transitions

1927 – Children’s Home Transitions
J. Oscar and Lillian Peterson, well known in the community, became Superintendent and Matron of the Home where both had been residents. They set a new direction for the home, as the need for an orphanage diminished and there were fewer orphans to be housed.
1930
July 26

1930 – Care for the Aged

1930 – Care for the Aged
Lutheran Home for the Aged opens. In the 1920’s and 30’s it became apparent there was a need for a residential setting for the elderly, who could still care for themselves.  Family trends had changed and there were no longer three generations in the home to care for the aged.  Five Lutheran Churches of Jamestown and Falconer agreed to support the new endeavor.
1967
September 26

1967 – A New Infirmary

Hultquist Infirmary is built. It was funded with a gift from Marguerite Hultquist as a memorial to her departed husband Earle O. Hultquist, to care for those who needed infirmed care as they aged.
1968
January 26

1968-1978 – Transforming G.A.

1968-1978 – Transforming G.A.
The Gustavus Adolphus (G.A.) Children’s Home is rebuilt. The 1960’s were a transition period for the Children’s Home as the Home became a treatment center for youth with family and social challenges.  A five section building was erected replacing the original structure. A stand-alone Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center is constructed. The construction of the Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center provided a means for a comprehensive program of remedial and special educational opportunities for the members of the Children’s Home program, for grades five through nine.  (Presently the Learning Center provides academic opportunities throughout twelfth grade.)
1973
June 26

1973 – Independent Housing Begins

1973 – Independent Housing Begins
The first Independent senior housing unit opens, known today as the Hugo A. Lindgren Apartments.  Additional apartments and duplexes were added from 1983-2011, which today make up Edgewood Communities.
1981
July 26

1981 – First Off Campus Subsidized Housing

Dedication of the William B. Anderson Towers, providing the first off campus subsidized apartment building. Today, Lutheran has four buildings in Jamestown and two in Falconer, NY.
1988
April 26

1988 – First Home for Developmentally Disabled in Rochester

1988 – First Home for Developmentally Disabled in Rochester
Lutheran opens the first home for the developmentally disabled in Rochester, New York, called Grace Lutheran. Today it is Grace Community Services, which includes five group homes in the Rochester area as well as a main office in the city itself.
2005
July 26

2005-2007 – Expansion of Community Based Services for Seniors and Youth

Community based services begin such as Outpatient Rehabilitation, Therapeutic Foster Care, and Senior Life Matters, along with a focus on smaller, traditional style homes for Grace Community Services.
2006
March 26

2006-2011 – Lutheran Expands Services

2006-2011 – Lutheran Expands Services
Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program re-opens after an expansion to 96 beds. Warner Place Adult Day Healthcare Program opens to provide registrants with skilled nursing care during the day so they can remain at home with their families in the evenings. The technology-focused Smartment® Building is erected and dedicated to Norman C. Berg.
2012
January 26

2012 – Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is Rebranded as Lutheran

2012 – Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is Rebranded as Lutheran
Lutheran Social Services is rebranded to Lutheran to reflect the wide range of services now offered.  A tag line “Life Well Lived. Every day.” and a new logo are created.
2018
April 27

2018 – Demolition and Construction Begin for Edgewood Community Center

2018 – Demolition and Construction Begin for Edgewood Community Center
In order to remain a provider of choice for independent senior living solutions in the greater Jamestown region, Lutheran Senior Housing set the ground work to develop a state-of-the-art wellness center on the Edgewood Communities campus at the corner of Aldren and Falconer Street. The 9,300-square-foot addition, along with other renovations to existing facilities, will provide appropriate fitness and social spaces to meet the needs of the aging community while helping to create jobs and revenue throughout Chautauqua County.
June 16

2018 – Lutheran Lodge and Gift Shop Renovations

2018 – Lutheran Lodge and Gift Shop Renovations
The space inside LHRC formerly known as Fine Dining underwent a remodel in the spring of 2018. The space was renovated to include additional seating, flat screen television, small kitchenette, activity space, and an expanded gift shop with new food, drink, and merchandise options. The project was created to allow more choices and options for residents and their families. The grand opening for the Lutheran Lodge and Gift Shop was held in summer 2018.