Lutheran Social Services of Southern California is proud to introduce this relationship-based model to Southern California. Other communities, across the country, are implementing these types of proven wrap-around support programs with remarkable outcomes. This model combines best practices in several disciplines including community organizing, case management, grassroots leadership, SMART goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and child/youth development.
This type of initiative is considered to be a high-impact, long-term strategy, very different than a typical short-term program with an end date or graduation. This is not a band-aid approach and cannot be categorized as a quick-fix.
Our goal is to build a long-term support system (network) around each family who have identified themselves as “ready” to put in the time and effort to seriously begin their walk (permanently) out of poverty. This means creating intentional and reciprocal relationships around each Family Leader (person in poverty) with 2-3 Allies (volunteers) who befriend, coach and problem-solve with the Family Leader to reach their self-sufficiency goals. The participating families are expected to set goals and take action steps needed for them to become economically stable.
The individual families come together regularly (forming a networking Community) for leadership training, topic discussion, community-building and fellowship. This enlarged network enhances everyone’s ability to problem-solve and address issues common to people trying to navigate the barriers of poverty. This collective group of diverse members also works to identify systemic issues and barriers within the local community that need to be addressed at a higher level.
Each initiative is developed and supported by a local Community Leadership Team, composed of community leaders, families with low income, elected and appointed officials, and volunteers. The team works to change the mindset and policies of their community with respect to poverty.
|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 support the Southern California Uplift VC Initiative:
There is room for EVERYONE to help support and grow the initiative – Join Us!
If you would like to get involved in any aspect of our program, click the Get Involved button below and fill out the form. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you can email ewaild@LSSSC.org for more information.