Overview
Throughout Southern California

LSS Community Care serves people in need throughout Southern California with programs and services in multiple locations in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. We are planning future services in the counties of Imperial, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. In all our programs, we seek to improve the lives of those in need.

Orange County

We serve more than 200 individuals and families each month providing a food pantry, clothing, emergency vouchers for hotel, bus, gas and utilities. We also offer counseling and supportive services to women and their families that have been victims of crime.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Food Pantry
  • Clothing Closet
  • Housing Referrals
  • Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
  • Individual & Family Counseling
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Maxine Abbott, Area Director

Email:

MAbbott@LSSSC.org

Office:

714-534-6450

Fax:

714-534-6458

12432 Ninth Street

Garden Grove, CA 92840

Riverside County

Our Garden Grove Community Care Center is often the first place people turn to when they find themselves in crisis. Requests for food, hygiene items and utility & shelter assistance are received regularly. We are able to provide referrals and connect people to resources that will meet their needs. Food bags are given to homeless men, women & families to help make balanced meals and special kits are made for the indigent living in motels.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Food Pantry
  • Clothing Closet
  • Housing Referrals
  • Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Housing Counseling 
  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Deniece Marshall, Area Director

Email:

DMarshall@LSSSC.org

Office:

951-689-7847

Fax:

951-687-7299

3772 Taft Street
Riverside, CA 92503

Central City Lutheran Mission

CCLM helps people seeking shelter, food, education and health services. We provide a men’s emergency shelter, houses for people living with HIV/AIDS, men’s transitional house and a reentry house for recently incarcerated men. There is grocery distribution, a weekday hot meal, and a computer lab for adults, community garden and a thrift store.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Food Pantry
  • Clothing Closet
  • Community Meal Program
  • Housing Referrals
  • Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Men’s Homeless Shelter
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance 
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Showers & Laundry
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Recidivism Reduction Program
  • Workforce Development Program
  • Housing Counseling
  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Jessica Esquivel, Assistant Area Director

Email:

JEsquivel@LSSSC.org

Office:

909-381-6921

Fax:

909-884-5104

1354 North G St.

San Bernadino, CA 92405

Rural San Bernardino County

Our care centers support the mental and behavioral health needs of this large country, especially in remote and hard to reach locations. Our counseling includes anger management, child abuse, family therapy and life skills training. We also provide wraparound services for various populations.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Probation Counseling
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
  • Individual & Family Counseling
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Student Assistance Program
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Eileen Hofer, Senior Director

Email:

EHofer@LSSSC.org

Office:

909-866-5070

Fax:

909-878-3228

41945 Big Bear Blvd. 222
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

San Diego County

We offer a range of opportunities for seniors, youth and those in need of emergency services. We operate the Cathy Hopper Claremont Friendship Center, Senior Companion Program, two TRIO student education programs, an emergency food pantry and Caring Neighbors. Our services are valuable for both our clients and volunteers.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Food Pantry
Social Services (Equip):
  • Senior Companions
  • Caring Neighbors
  • Referral Services
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Student Assistance Program
  • TRIO Programs (Upward Bound and Talent Search)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Darlene Mees, Senior Director

Email:

DMees@LSSSC.org

Office:

858-483-4007

Fax:

858-483-4006

4425 Bannock Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117

San Fernando Valley

Our care center primarily focuses on those without permanent housing and at-risk individuals and families. We offer short-term assistance including food and clothing, counseling and case management. We also provide referrals and individual guidance to assist clients as they seek self-confidence and dignity.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Food Pantry
  • Clothing Closet
  • Housing Referrals
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Area Director

Email:

info@LSSSC.org

Office:

818-901-9480

Fax:

818-901-9482

7400 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605

San Gabriel Valley

Our Avanti program in Pasadena serves developmentally challenged adults. Our disabled adult clients engage the community through social and volunteer opportunities. We offer a range of services including recreational, educational and one-on-one interaction with youth, seniors and other neighborhood residents.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Please check one of our other locations for the many services we offer.
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Developmentally Challenged Adult Services
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Eileen Hofer, Area Director

Email:

EHofer@LSSSC.org

Office:

626-564-0191

Fax:

626-564-8521

60 North Daisy Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91107

Long Beach/South Bay

Our center serves over 1,000 people each month providing emergency assistance such as food, clothing, hygiene items and blankets. After client intake we refer many to additional resources throughout the community. We also offer disability and housing benefit assistance to homeless families, individuals and veterans through our County Wide Benefits Team (CBEST).

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Food Pantry
  • Clothing Closet
  • Housing Referrals
  • Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
  • Individual & Family Counseling
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Workforce Development Program
  • County-Wide Benefits Entitlements Services (CBEST)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Wendy Rubio, Emergency Services

Email:

WRubio@LSSSC.org

Office:

562-599-1321

Fax:

562-599-1321

1611 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

Ventura County

Our Thousand Oaks center operates and manages programs throughout the Conejo Valley like Homeless 2 Home and the LSS Meal and Shelter Program. We also provide short-term emergency assistance to the vulnerable and disadvantaged members in our local community. Working with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department we do street outreach to engage those in need where they are and look for ways to assist.

Emergency Services (Embrace):
  • Food Pantry
  • Community Meal Program
  • Housing Referrals
  • Winter Shelter Program
  • Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Men’s Homeless Shelter
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Showers & Laundry
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip):
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower):
  • Recidivism Reduction Program
  • Housing Counseling
  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
  • Payee Services
Contact Info:

Denise Cortes, Area Director

Email:

DCortes@LSSSC.org

Office:

805-497-6207

Fax:

805-497-2607

80 E. Hillcrest Drive #101
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
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Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
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We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!

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