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.
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.
- Referral Services – Big Bear Lake
- Case Management
- Individual & Family Counseling – Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Lucerne Valley, Trona, Yucca Valley
A couple adopted siblings: 11, 7 and 5, and learned members of the birth family had sexually abused the oldest daughter.
They were referred to Our Children Project, a program for children who have suffered the trauma of being sexually abused.
Their daughter met in a group of girls for three years, each having experienced abuse. She announced, “I’m not the only one, Mom. Those girls are just like me! They know how I feel!”
The parents wrote: “Without the Our Children Project, our family would not have survived the trauma of early childhood sexual abuse. Although it was one child who received services, it was our entire family who received the benefit.”
Eileen Hofer, Senior Director
41945 Big Bear Blvd. 222
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315