Michael Sering (CLI 2012)
VP, Housing & Shelter, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Michael Sering has worked for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) since 1994, where he is currently the Vice-President of Housing and Shelter. In that position he is responsible for the Men’s Homeless Shelter at 2100 Lakeside which serves over 3,000 men per year/400 per night and he also operates the Family Overflow shelter for Cuyahoga County. Services expanded in 2015 with the opening of an affordable shared housing pilot, which has been replicated. The affordable housing initiative further expanded in 2019 with a $3.5m campaign to assist in redevelopment efforts in St. Clair-Superior while providing housing for families leaving homelessness. In 2011, he launched LMM’s Workforce Development/Social Enterprise as a revenue generator and to expand employment and training opportunities for re-entry and homeless populations through the Central Kitchen and culinary arts programs.
Michael has a BA in Economics from Kenyon College and a Master’s of Science in Social Administration from CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. He serves on the Board of Directors of St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and CHN Housing Partners; is a member of the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services’ Advisory Board; the Advisory Board’s Program & Policy cmte, and the Homeless Service Provider Alliance. He is a past Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Free Clinic/Circle Health Services.
He is honored to have received the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Ruth Ratner Award, Cleveland Leadership Center Spark Innovator Award, Lutheran Hospital/Cleveland Clinic Community Service Award and the ADAMHS Faith-Based Involvement Award.