ELCSS-HK is an organization under The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong (ELCHK). During the early years, ELCHK offered relief to refugees and provided basic education to the public. In 1976, following the establishment of a youth centre in Sha Tin, different types of social services units were developed. In 1983, Service Coordination Office, renamed as Social Service Head Office in 2005, was set up to meet the service needs. Services under Norwegian Mission Society(NMS) and the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission(FELM) were gradually transferred to ELCSS-HK since 1988. Apart from government-subvented services, ELCSS-HK also provides other self-financing social services, with over 50 service units and around 1,300 employees.