Mission and

Building on Our Heritage,
Innovating for the Future

Our mission is simple

NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults.

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With this mission of service in mind, NLCS is here to help older adults get more out of life: more friendships and new pursuits, more comfort and spiritual fulfillment and more security and freedom to live the life you love. With its heritage of service, NLCS continues to progress, partnering with older adults from a foundation of experience.

We feel privileged that our heritage is rooted in service-oriented faith. At National Lutheran, we believe the good we’ve received isn’t just for our benefit, but that we are to willingly share that with those around us. That includes residents, team members, families, board members and individuals volunteering of their time, talent and treasure to enhance the greater communities in which we operate.

Our mission unites team members, board members and volunteers alike, but what drives our care for older adults is our ministry, the heart of NLCS. We express that ministry in every facet of our work, from the warm and friendly care our teams provide residents of NLCS communities to the range of in-home care we offer older adults so they can choose how they want to age. You’ll see it in a nurse’s smile or the meticulous touches of a housekeeper.

The not-for-profit difference

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides older adults with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

As a not-for-profit with more than 130 years of serving older adults, NLCS offsets the cost of care for residents who have been good financial stewards yet have outlived their resources and can no longer afford the services or care they need, due to no fault of their own, by providing more than $3 million in benevolent care yearly. Revenues are also invested back into its communities for better services, amenities and capital improvements that benefit both residents and team members.