Author Archive | Meredith Hall

Joy of Service at a Homey Christmas Event

Central City Lutheran Mission in San Bernardino has been orchestrating a wonderful Christmas tradition for men who are transitioning out of homelessness.  Called “Homey Christmas,” this annual event is made possible by support of many area ELCA churches, and non-Lutheran churches, as well. Amy Fawcett, LSS Community Care’s Vice President and Interim Director of CCLM, […]

Food pantry, giving

For the Love of Giving

The holidays have a way of always elevating our spirits. It’s a season of gift giving and making sacrifices for others. For Orange County LSS Community Care Program Manager, Bea Rea, lavish giving is a year-round occurrence. It’s what she and husband, Ray, provide with profound joy. The Garden Grove Food Pantry offers much more than nourishing food; it offers a place for those […]

ELCA and LSS – Working Together When Disaster Strikes

Southern California, well-known for receiving its fair share of natural and man-made disasters, will get added assistance in its humanitarian work thanks to a new collaborative effort between LSS Community Care (aka Lutheran Social Services of Southern California) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) through its Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) division. Recently, officials […]

An Exuberant Community Welcomes LSS Community Care’s Expanded Ministry

When something new, exciting and much-need comes to town, there’s great cause for celebration. And that’s exactly what happened to LSS Community Care’s new endeavor in the San Fernando Valley this month. A community of invited well-wishers turned out in force to express heartfelt support at the Grand Opening celebration. LSS Community Care Area Director, […]

Hall of Fame, Broadcaster, Stanley Cup

A Hall of Fame Voice for the Voiceless

Bob Miller, Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster and play-by-play TV announcer for the LA Kings, recently took possession of the Stanley Cup for a day. What an honor for the 76 year old broadcaster, who is now in his 42nd season with the team. If Miller was going to have the Cup for the day, […]

Circles Volunteer Event

Good Wine, Good Food, Good Cause

On August 14th, LSS Community Care of Southern California, held its first Circles USA Informational Event in the Conejo Valley, Ventura County, called “Good Wine, Good Food, Good Cause”. The event was held at the beautiful Aldabella Winery in Westlake Village. The original goal was to have 45-50 people attend to hear about the Circles […]

LSS Amazon Smile

Make Your Shopping Count With AmazonSmile

Do you use for online purchases?  If you do (or if you’ve always wanted to!), here’s a great way to do your Amazon shopping and support LSS Community Care, at the same time. AmazonSmile, created by Amazon, is an easy automatic way to support LSS Community Care, and there’s no cost to you.  When […]


LSS Grants Affirm Church Initiatives

Last fall, LSS Community Care (Lutheran Social Services of Southern California) received surprising news of a sizable bequest designated to the agency. The benefactor was a San Diego man who had a simple but focused purpose for his gift; he wanted it to make a difference in the lives of others.  Garnett Edgar, in the […]

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!