South Bay Area

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.

mission

Mission

Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California.

Vision

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 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
story

We conduct assessment interviews to help poor and homeless individuals access governmental benefits. A college educated man teaching court-mandated “life skills” classes suffered a stroke.  Now he can’t teach, can barely talk, and has lost his home.  His family lives with relatives.

A 21 year-old woman has been homeless for 10 years.  Her mother was incarcerated, and she lives in the streets totally on her own.

In addition to clothes and food, we offer hope to people literally hanging on for their lives, in service to Christ.

Contact
 

Wendy Rubio, Emergency Services

Email:
WRubio@LSSSC.org

Office: 562-599-1321
Fax: 562-599-1321

1611 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

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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