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.
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.
- Food Pantry
- Clothing Closet
- Housing Referrals
- Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
- Transportation Assistance
- Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
- Eviction Prevention
- Utility Assistance
Cynthia and her three children under eleven, ran away from an abusive husband in Georgia, and came to the West Coast looking for a new life. They came to LSS for basic items: food, clothes, shoes and hygiene articles. But there was another essential need.
Cynthia was employed, but had no money to provide childcare for her children during the summer months. LSS managed to pay for this critical need, and helped the family find temporary refuge in a domestic violence shelter.
Maxine Abbott, Area Director
12432 Ninth Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840