The Center for Changing Lives

The Center for Changing Lives is a partnership of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Messiah Lutheran Church, and Kaleidoscope Place. With many services under one roof, along with other collaborations, community members have the opportunity to serve and be served. This center represents a successful blending of people, skills, passions and expertise into urban outreach so that people can live and work in community with dignity, safety and hope. The following services are available at the Center for Changing Lives for individuals, families, and their children.

  • The Center Café – First Floor
    Open Monday through Friday 9am – 1pm. The Center Café provides affordable healthy snacks and lunches.
  • Lampein Consulting Group, Inc. – Second Floor
    Dedicated to empowering individuals, couples, families and organizations to transform lives from the inside life. They focus on empowering formerly homeless families, offering leadership in building staff capacity as they work with families experiencing mental and chemical health issues. 612-388-9525 or
  • Kaleidoscope Place – First Floor
    Kaleidoscope Place offers highly affordable out-of-school time care for students in High Five through 8th grade during the summer and school year. They also provide youth employment positions for students age 12 through 21. During the school year they offer monthly family nights for their participants which provide a free meal, a parenting workshop, or recreational event for the families. 612-871-9268 or
  • Southside Child Development Center – First Floor
    Reaching Higher for Quality Early Learning. Their program mission is “to give children a safe, fun, healthy, and caring place to be. We want to create an environment that children and families feel welcome and trust our program will have their child’s interest at heart.” They provide day care for children 2 months old to 12 years old. 612-545-5248
  • Messiah Lutheran Church – First Floor
    Provide a Christ-centered worship center and spiritual care ministry for the health, hope and well-being of Phillips Neighborhood residents. A bi-monthly food pantry and café, Sunday lunch and community Bible study, youth groups and neighborhood celebrations are a few examples of outreach services they provide. 612-871-8831 or
  • Phillips West Neighborhood Organization – Second Floor
    Provides neighborhood-based planning and priority setting for Phillips West with input from residents and other neighborhood stakeholders that identify and meet their neighborhood’s housing, safety, economic development, recreation, health and transportation needs. 612-879-5383 or
  • Q-Health/An outreach arm of Southside Community Health Services – Second Floor
    A federally qualified Health Center with medical and dental clinics in Minneapolis and Stillwater. Together and in new partnerships, they seek to identify community health needs and develop strategic and proactive initiatives to improve health and literacy and the overall health and wellness of the community.
  • Suitably Yours – First Floor
    Provides business clothing for women seeking a job interview or for daily business attire. Women are assisted by a personal shopper and vouchers are issued for one to three complete outfits. Suitably Yours is a ministry of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.
  • LSS Adoption Services – Third Floor
    Finds loving adoptive families for children here and around the world.
  • LSS Counseling and Family Resources – Third Floor
    Offers mental health counseling for people of all ages who need help with anxiety and depression, relationships, spiritual concerns, family changes, communication issues and abuse. 612-879-5320 or
  • LSS Employment Services – Second Floor
    Promoting economic self-sufficiency through employment. Services offered: Job search assistance, employment counseling, soft skills/re-employment readiness training, employment retention and supported work placement.
  • LSS Financial Counseling – First Floor
    Helps people resolve personal debt, develop good money management skills and gain financial peace of mind. LSS Financial Counseling is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. 612-879-5266 or
  • LSS Housing Services – Second Floor
    Offers client-centered support services to families who are experiencing homelessness. Works to help families become stabilized in, or find, new housing. Supports families who are referred from its community partners. 612-879-5266 or
  • MN C.O.R.E./Case Management, Outreach, Referral, and Education for Veteran/Military Families – Second Floor
    MN C.O.R.E. is a joint partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). MN C.O.R.E. offers confidential, flexible, free services 24/7 to veterans and military personnel and their families. 1-888-881-6261 or
  • LSS Pregnancy Counseling and Birth Parent Services – Third Floor
    Offering non-judgmental information and support for women who are pregnant and wondering what their best options are. 612-879-5230 or
  • LSS Refugee Services – Second Floor
    Bilingual/bicultural staff help refugees resettle in the U.S. and assimilate successfully into their new environment. Helps refugees with their immigration status, resettlement, and provides social services to new refugee arrivals. 612-879-5338 or
  • LSS Youth and Family Resources – Third Floor
    • Nurturing Parents & Children: 612-879-5254. Offers support groups, workshops regarding teen pregnancy prevention, truancy intervention, and support to end domestic violence. Provides parenting groups, classes, and home visits that give information, support and resources to help families build healthy relationships.
    • Grand Family Connection: 612-879-5328. Counseling and support services for grandparents and others who are raising children of relatives.
  • Park Avenue Apartments
    The Park Avenue Apartments offer affordable family living units with service supports available at the Center for Changing Lives. 612-872-9247

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