Compassion Place

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LMS Compassion Place locations in Annapolis, Cambridge, Essex, Havre de Grace, Hickory and York reopened the first week of June 2020. Click here for details.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: In addition to the centers being cleaned at regular intervals — 1) Masks must be worn; 2) Observe social distancing; 3) Number of visitors in center at one time will be limited; 4) Any site-specific rules/precautions will be posted at center.

DONATIONS AT CENTERS: Acceptance of in-kind donations will be restricted due to limited staffing. Please call the Compassion Center before bringing donations. Click here for details. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

DONATIONS AT LMS OFFICE: We are currently accepting in-kind donations at the main offices located at 601 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225:


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 3-:00 PM

Please leave donations in the open trailer on the parking lot and ring buzzer at the gate if you’d like a receipt. CALL 410-636-0123 FIRST if you have furniture or large items that you will need help unloading.



Food distribution will continue to take place on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM at three LMS Compassion Centers during the COVID-19 crisis:

A fourth center, Fells Point Compassion Center at 1706 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21231, in cooperation with the Maryland Food Bank, will distribute food Fridays from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

Procedure: At distribution time, people in need of food are asked to form a line, starting 6 feet from the center’s front door, and spacing themselves 6 feet apart. When called, one person can come to the front door, hold up their photo ID to the glass, and take their bag of food that has been placed on the table outside by the door. Prayer requests will also be taken if offered. There is no requirement to receive food at this time — if you need food, we will try to help.

 Providing for Needs, Sharing the Good News

 LMS Compassion Place Ministries

The mission field is not all overseas. It is also right here, in our own neighborhoods, where people are struggling and hurting and hungering for the wholeness  Jesus brings.

This is the call the Lutheran Mission Society heard over 100 years ago, and the call that still drives LMS ministries today — ministering to the needs of the body with food, clothing and shelter; ministering to the needs of the soul with the Good News of Jesus.

LMS Compassion Place ministries exist for this purpose. There are currently ten Compassion Centers in Maryland and York, PA where over 500 people come daily for help with the physical necessities of life and for the nourishment of spirit that only Jesus can give.

John 3:16: (NRSV) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

John 10:10b-11 (NRSV)  [Jesus said] “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

LMS Compassion Place Vision Statement

We will reach out, together with members of the body of Christ, to bring wholeness to people whose lives we touch, striving to meet the needs of an ever-changing world with the unchanging message of God’s love.



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