Rural San Bernardino County

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 services

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 – Barstow
Social Services (Equip)
  • Referral Services – Big Bear Lake
  • Case Management
  • Individual & Family Counseling – Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Lucerne Valley, Trona, Yucca Valley
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Student Assistance Program – Big Bear Lake
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services

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


Office: 909-866-5070
Fax: 909-878-3228

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

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.
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
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!