It is with great sadness that we must announce that SpiriTrust Lutheran® Stephen Ministry will be closing, effective June 30. Between now and the end of June, our current team of Stephen Ministers will continue to serve existing clients only.
It became very apparent during this fiscal crisis created by COVID-19 that SpiriTrust Lutheran no longer has sufficient resources to support all of our programs and services. After much soul searching and deliberation, we came to the very clear realization that we would need to close seven programs – Counseling Services, Domestic Abuse Solutions, Financial Education & Coaching, Senior Companion Program, Stephen Ministry, Touch-a-Life and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
Please understand we did not make these decisions lightly. The need to eliminate programs and services had been a topic of discussion in the past due to continued decreasing support and escalating costs. We carefully considered all of our options, including finding new funding sources and new homes for these programs. Unfortunately, many organizations are facing the same fiscal issues created by COVID-19 and our efforts did not succeed.