About Us

OUR MISSION IS TO EXPRESS THE LOVE OF CHRIST BY SERVING AND CARING FOR PEOPLE IN NEED.

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN) is a trusted Las Vegas nonprofit organization. Nearly 25 years ago, a dedicated group of local volunteers began serving meals and providing food and clothing to members of our community. Since that point, LSSN has grown to become a grassroots organization known for its diverse services for individuals of many demographics, including: low-income, at-risk of homelessness, homeless, families with or without children, youth, veterans, people with disabilities, and senior citizens. Since 1996, over 440,000 individuals have been cared for by the agency. Our comprehensive social services include DigiMart, our online food pantry; mobile food distribution events called Open Air Markets; nutrition education classes and live cooking demonstrations; our Heart of the City Senior Meal Program and senior supportive services; mainstream benefits applications; and other safety net services.

Some of our achievements are highlighted below:

1985 Began serving the community by opening a food pantry and clothing closet. 2013 Introduced a Nutrition Education Kitchen to provide clients with healthy cooking demonstrations.
2008 Moved to a larger facility in order to open an innovative new food pantry featuring a grocery style layout offering greater choices for our clients. 2014 Established the Heart of the City Senior Meal Program, which was the first congregate senior meal program funded from the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Division in the last 12 years.
2012 Pioneered the Open Air Mobile Market to provide fresh produce and other food in “food desert” areas around Southern Nevada. 2016 Awarded the Partner Agency of the Year by Three Square Food Bank out of their 1,300 partners. Launched the first online digital food pantry system – DigiMart. Received the Las Vegas High Tech Exec Award for that system.
2017-2018 Partnered with Nevada Hand and the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada to build the Boulder Collaborative Campus, a “one-stop-shop” social services center. 2019 Named Nevada Women’s Philanthropy’s 2019 Impact Grant Recipient, enabling LSSN to expand our current DigiMart Food Pantry.


OUR FINANCES

You may view our tax documents from the past several years here:
2018
2017
2016


MANAGEMENT TEAM

Armena Mkhitaryan, MPA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Armena Mkhitaryan has held the position of Executive Director of Lutheran Social Services of Nevada since August 2008. She has over 25 years of nonprofit management experience.
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Derrick Felder
ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Derrick Felder is a United States Marine Veteran who served over 12 years protecting his country. After working various jobs in the private sector, he changed directions to the non-profit field.
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Marisa Cervantes
PARTNERSHIPS AND FUNDING DIRECTOR
Marisa Cervantes is the Program Director and has been an employee of Lutheran Social Services of Nevada since July 2011. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of programs at LSSN.
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Cherry Richardson
CHIEF PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Cherry began her career at Lutheran Social Services of Nevada as an intern in 2009. Soon after, she was hired as a Case Coordinator for the Supportive Housing Program to prevent and alleviate homelessness in our community.
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Andre Sega
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
After spending several years in banking, Andre transitioned into the non-profit field and spent 14 years in Accounting at St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Andre joined our team in early 2018.
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Tristan Hightower
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Tristan joined our team after moving to Las Vegas in September 2018 and has experience with membership, volunteerism, and communications in religious congregations and nonprofit organizations.
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Mark Zellmer
EMPOWERMENT SERVICES MANAGER
Mark Zellmer joined our team as Empowerment Services Manager in June 2019, and has over 25 years of nonprofit experience.
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OVER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE
3.8 million pounds of nutritious found distributed and so much more! LSSN has a small, but mighty and dedicated team of 12 staff members. Along with core volunteers, LSSN is able to provide over 16,000 services a year to those in need. The staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that dignity and respect is given to each person that walks into the agency.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada is governed by community minded and experienced community leaders and professionals. LSSN’s Board of Directors is a working board that actively encourages, supports, and facilitates professional development for itself and our staff in the form of both education and community involvement. Currently, the Board of Directors consists of professionals from areas such as law, estate planning, communications, finance, retail businesses, education and social work. Many of the members of the Board of Directors also participate or are affiliated with other community based agencies, social clubs, and organizations.


EXECUTIVE BOARD

Kelly Peterson

Chad Kaercher

Robert Newman

Doreen Lee


BOARD MEMBERS

Jason Adams

Robin Smith

Lori Viar

Robert Zimmerman


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4323 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89121
501(c)(3) nonprofit agency
EIN Tax ID #86-0845241
702-639-1730
Hours of Operation

DigiMart – Beginning 4/30/2020, DigiMart is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Open Air Markets – Beginning 3/7/2020, all Open Air Markets have been temporarily postponed due to COVID-19.

For an up-to-date schedule on the special Open Air Markets, check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/lssnv.

As of 3/19/2020, all other services are available by appointment only. For more information, please call or e-mail info@lssnv.org.