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LSS Avanti Program Featured on LCEF Site

For almost 40 years, Lutheran Church Extension Fund has earned a distinguished reputation for its help to LCMS congregations nationwide with church building programs.  In their recently published newsletter, LCEF spotlights the great work of  LSS Community Care Center in Pasadena, CA.  Our innovative Avanti program is providing volunteer and social opportunities for adults who […]

War on Poverty

LSS – War on Poverty for 68 Years

This week we are reflecting on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Think about our national discomfort as we disengage from a ten year war in Afghanistan / Iraq – can you imagine if this war – or any war – was still going on after 50 years? So why is […]

One Meal at a Time

Throughout the holiday season, it is fairly easy to come across stories of gift giving, great acts of service and helping others. These stories are inspirational and a highlight of the season year after year.  However, we feel blessed to be an organization that can see and hear stories like these all year long, because of those […]

Embrace, Equip, Empower

For as many individuals and families who are living in poverty in Southern California, there are just as many stories for how they ended up there. From those who have grown up in and lived in these circumstances all their lives, to the family who just last month was able to donate food, but unstable […]

Welcome to Our New Web Site and Blog!

Welcome to our new web site and blog!  Exciting growth and change has been taking place at LSS and this new site (with a new URL) directly reflects this.  We are building on our legacy of over 65 years of providing programs and services which serve the poor, under served and powerless regardless of race, […]

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!