About Us

Download Ascentria BrochureWelcome to Ascentria Care Alliance!

Lutheran Social Services of New England became Ascentria Care Alliance on September 1, 2014. Our new name represents the beginning of a new era for our organization!

What does “Ascentria” mean? We define it as “rising together.” Our faith-based legacy remains the heart and soul of our mission, vision and values.

With our new name and human-centered strategy, we are opening doors to new partnerships that will help us have a greater impact on the lives of our clients and the communities we serve. We’re engaging with the entire faith community, with businesses and nonprofits, to achieve in collaboration much more than we could achieve alone.

We are taking a more holistic, comprehensive approach to helping and empowering those we serve. Our new client center on Shattuck Street in Worcester houses many of our programs at one convenient location, so we can better coordinate vital services for our clients. Additional client centers are planned for gateway cities throughout New England.


Our goals are big: To break the cycle of poverty, and build thriving communities where everyone has the chance to achieve their full potential, regardless of background or disadvantage.


As we celebrate the beginning of a new era, we feel tremendous gratitude for everyone who helped make this possible. Because of your support, we have a bright future. But this future would not be possible without the strength and convictions of our past…

We are here today because of the foresight and generosity of a pious brewer by the name of Gottlieb F. Burkhardt, whose summer farm in West Roxbury would eventually become the Martin Luther Orphan’s Home at Brook Farm in 1872. A volunteer organization with a commitment to helping children as well as “aged, weak, and helpless persons,” Brook Farm would soon be followed by the establishment of a Lutheran agency to assist lonely seafarers on the busy docks of Boston. Our social ministry had begun!

Over the years, our pledge to provide help, healing and hope to those in need expanded throughout New England to include older adults, individuals with disabilities, teens and young families, and even those in search of a better life in a new land. By 1992, the agency had a new name, Lutheran Social Services of New England.

Today, Ascentria Care Alliance continues its legacy. We honor our Lutheran heritage as we move forward in a new direction. Ascentria is a member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA), the national umbrella network of Lutheran social ministries that together comprise one of the nation's largest charities. Ascentria also is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is a recognized human care agency of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).