Uplift VC

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.

The Crisis
Twenty-five percent of California’s children live in poverty.

The Approach
We believe that responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions, and communities.

Long-Term Solution
This model engages entire communities in owning the solution to poverty.

  • Mobilizing volunteers, community leaders and organizations
  • Developing leadership within the community that includes low-income persons
  • Increasing the capacity of existing social/community services
  • Addressing the systemic barriers faced by families trying to move out of poverty
  • Building relationships based on mutual reciprocity, across class lines – we all need relationships to thrive

How It Works

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.

Social Impact

Circles Rachel This community engagement model is designed to change the mindset of the community, change the goals of the system, and empower people to self-organize. This model advocates reciprocal relationships across race, class, cultural and power lines, flexibility and active involvement, and respect for all participants.

Outcomes are demonstrating:

  • Increased earned income
  • Increased assets and savings
  • More education
  • Reduction in reliance upon public assistance
  • Better transportation, housing, and healthcare
  • A stronger and more stable support system
  • Better emotional health

 

Get Involved

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:

  • 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
  • Behind-the-scenes work – Internet research, graphic design, writing

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.

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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.
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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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