Emergency Services

LSS has a legacy of meeting needs . . . of the poor, underserved and powerless regardless of race, creed or orientation. Today we serve more than 60,000 individuals and families providing tangible goods and services such as food pantries & hot meals, clothing, emergency vouchers for hotel, bus, gas and utilities, housing and rental referrals, eviction prevention and prescription assistance, holiday, school or hygiene packs, humanitarian response during times of natural or man-made disasters and other short-term assistance programs.

When possible we engage people with a case-worker who can access longer term resources to address the more systemic and prevailing needs of the individual. Our intent is to embrace people at times of crisis and acute need, extending the compassion of Christ.

List of Services

Please note that all programs/services are NOT available at every LSS location. Please call ahead to verify available services.
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  • Prescription Assistance – Subsidies for essential medicine prescriptions

    Locations: San Bernardino County, Ventura County
  • Dental Services – Low cost cleaning and basic cavity filling

    Locations: Ventura County
  • Vision Services – Basic optometry and free eye glasses

    Locations: Ventura County
  • Covered California – Assistance in sign up

    Locations: Orange County, South Bay / Long Beach

  • Motel Vouchers – Short term housing for crisis situations

    Locations: Orange County, Ventura County
  • Eviction Prevention – Case management intervention to determine options available

    Locations: Ventura County
  • Rental Assistance – Rent subsidies for specialized individual cases

    Locations: Ventura County
  • Housing Referrals – Contact information for Section 8 and other available subsidized housing

    Locations: Orange County, CCLM, Ventura County
  • Street Outreach – Case managed services for our homeless population with the ultimate goal for housing

    Locations: Ventura County, San Fernando Valley
  • Winter Shelter – LSS Coordinates the Conejo Valley Meal and Winter Shelter Program which provides a meal 365 days a year and shelter during the winter months (12/1 – 3/31)

    Locations: Ventura County
  • Men’s Emergency Shelter – Case managed 30/60/90 day program open 365 days, 18 years +

    Locations: CCLM

  • Utility Vouchers – Partial subsidies for shut-off avoidance (paid directly to utility company)

    Locations: Orange County, Ventura County
  • Showers – Scheduled access to shower facility for case managed clients

    Locations: CCLM, San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, Orange County
  • Laundry Facilities – Subsidized short-term washer & dryer access

    Locations: San Fernando Valley, Ventura County
  • Storage Lockers – Limited space for non-contraband personal affects

    Locations: Ventura County
  • Mail Services – Mailing address for social services contacts

    Locations: CCLM, Ventura County, Riverside County
  • Computer Access – Web access for job search & resource acquisition

    Locations: CCLM
  • California State ID Applications

    Locations: Riverside County
  • Community E-Waste Pickup and Drop Off Site

    Locations: San Gabriel Valley / Avanti

  • Bus Vouchers & Metro Tokens – Discounted vouchers for specific cases and upon availability

    Locations: CCLM, Riverside County, San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, South Bay / Long Beach, Orange County
  • Gas Vouchers – Subsidies for selected area programs

    Locations: Ventura County
  • Medical & Employment Transportation

    Locations: CCLM

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
All donations are tax deductible in full or in part.
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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!