Lutheran Social Services of Southern California began in December 1944 when a group of Lutheran congregations in San Diego came together to discuss how to better assist families in need. They began discussing how to form a Welfare Commission. Their vision expanded when they came together with another group of Lutheran congregations in Los Angeles having the very same conversations. Lutheran Social Services of Southern California was officially incorporated in 1946 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit social service agency. The mission has stayed true to its earliest beginnings, to be a servant to those in need.
Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California.
Sharing the love of Christ, we are a community to care and be cared for…where the vulnerable are safer and stronger; where the dependent are self-sustaining; where the isolated dwell in community; where the weary will be given hope.
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.
- 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
Fred entered CCLM because his 20 year-old son died. He left Arizona and came to California; not looking for something here, but running away from pain in Arizona.
We earned his trust, addressed his pain and put him to work in the CCLM kitchen. He improved our cooking and food handling methods. The Board of Health gave us an “A” rating!
He returned home to renew his marriage. Fred said, “The day I left CCLM, you lost a kitchen worker, but I found a new life.”
Jessica Esquivel, Assistant Area Director
1354 North G St.
San Bernadino, CA 92405