Our vision is to share eternal hope, provide hope, and inspire hope. 

Our executive leadership team, Board of Directors and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees guide our organization to provide Christian care throughout our services and programs. 

Our history goes back to one family’s loss during the Civil War, which led to the creation of a home for the aged and the orphans in 1898. It’s a story of love, dedication and hope.

A 15-year-old Ernst Boessling from Belle Plaine volunteered to serve with the Minnesota troops. He died in September of 1863 in service to his country at Vicksburg, Mississippi, leaving behind his heartbroken parents, Sophie and Christian Boessling. 

Years passed, and Sophie had become a widow, with no one to care for her. She saved the government death benefits she received all the years after Ernst died. Wanting to provide a home for others like herself, she donated the money ($4,500) and her family’s farmland to build das Alten und Waisenheim—the Aged and Orphans’ Home.

On November 6, 1898, the Home officially opened. Two days later, Sophie, then a resident, died unexpectedly, having seen her dream become a blessed reality.

Our ministry offers community and congregational services. Each location offers a variety of health care and housing services, and we assist churches in developing outreach ministries for seniors and individuals with special needs.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Lutheran Home Association is to share Christ’s love as we serve the spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional needs of people entrusted to our care and others whose lives we touch.


The care of the soul is the soul of care.  |  Respect  |  Resilience  |  Integrity

Read the The Lutheran Home Association’s Annual Report.