Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) will celebrate 150 years of service to Iowa children and families with an old-fashioned ice cream social at theBremwood campus in Waverly on Sunday, July 20.

This free anniversary event will begin with devotions at 2 PM and will then serve Blue Bunny ice cream until 4 PM. The social will be held rain or shine in the Hansen Spiritual Life Center Building, 106 16th Street.

“This year, we celebrate the path we have taken and look forward to continuing our legacy of compassionate service for 150 more years to come,” says Doug Johnson, LSI president and CEO.

LSI’s Bremwood Residential Treatment Center, formerly Lutheran Children’s Home, marks the very beginning of LSI’s history. The children’s home was founded in 1864 as one of the state’s first orphanages, originally located in Andrew, Iowa. The home moved to Waverly in 1900 because of its access to rail transportation, educational facilities and large Lutheran community.

Today the Bremwood campus largely operates as a 24/7 mental health facility for teens and children with severe emotional or behavioral disorders, but LSI also offers a wide range of additional services for children and families, including child abuse prevention, family crisis services and services to people with disabilities.

The ice cream social, which is sponsored by State Bank and Waverly Health Center, is free and open to the public, with dessert guaranteed for the first 150 guests. Those planning to attend can submit an optional RSVP to Joyce Williams at or 319-859-3358.