Mission Statement of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands
The mission of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands (LSSVI) is to express Christian love and care to the community through service.
As a non-profit incorporated agency LSSVI administers to the needs of abused children, low-income adults and seniors and the differently- abled of all ages. We provide homes, health, spiritual and emotional care as well as outreach services for the community. Our priorities are: child welfare; crisis intervention; services for the elderly; programs for the physically and emotionally handicapped individual; family enrichment and advocacy of human rights.
Queen Louise Home for Children- Cottages A & B
Queen Louise Home for Children is located 5 miles outside the town of Frederiksted on the island of St. Croix in the U. S. Virgin Islands. Cottages A & B provide temporary placement in a family setting for children from birth to 12 years of age who have been the victims of abandonment, abuse or neglect. It is staffed by full-time child care workers, social workers, and AmeriCorps Volunteers.
Those in our care receive love and support, often for the first time in their lives. Children are placed at Queen Louise by the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services. It is our belief that the best environment for children from birth to three is with a family, and when permitted by the courts Queen Louise Home for Children pays for foster care for very young children. The hope and goal for all the children in our care is for reunification with family or placement in a foster home.
Children at the Queen Louise Home receive not only love and support, but therapy, counseling and tutoring services. All of the children in our care attend school and are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities after school and in the greater community including sports, dance, karate, painting classes, and theater.
Queen Louise Home for Children Sister Emma Cottage
Emma Cottage is home to the Virgin Islands’ most critically disabled and medically fragile children. Most of the residents are in wheelchairs with severe disabilities, some are tube fed and all have special dietary needs. The cottage has eight beds and Queen Louise staff provides 24 hour care, love, support and physical therapy. Many of the residents attend school, and activities are abundant with trips for ice cream, wheelchair strolls on the Frederiksted Pier to enjoy the sunset, arts and crafts, storytelling, music, games, and movies.