The LSSSC Blog

Check back often for news, stories, events and more so you can stay up to date with everything LSSSC is doing here in Southern California!

A Life Led by Service: LSSSC/San Fernando Valley Director Shares Her Story

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California is one of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s Agency Partners in a network of about 700 organizations. Area director for LSSSC/San Fernando Valley, Jan Maseda, opens up about her 20-year experience in a virtual interview with the Food Bank on Zoom. Jan discusses the people she’s been able to help, including those experiencing...
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God’s Love, Our Hands – Kimberly’s Story

Kimberly’s parents left El Salvador due to the devastating impact of the country’s civil war on her community. After a very difficult road they ultimately made their way to the US where Kimberly eventually joined the LSS Southern California Upward Bound (UB) program at San Ysidro High school. Kimberly immediately became an asset and star student of the program. Once...
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LSSSC 2020 Newsletter

We have just mailed out the LSS Southern California 2020 newsletter. It is now available online. It has been a unique year and LSSSC has done a lot. Please take time to read and if you want download and share with friends. Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from LSSSC. Click here to download the
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Voices of Hope – August 2020

Please take a moment to look at our current LSS Southern California newsletter. In this edition you will read an article about our new President and CEO, Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, and her plans and focus for the fall. In addition, there is an update from some of our service locations about issues relating to Covid-19, as well as a story...
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LSS President and CEO Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith Lends Global Expertise to Discussion on Systemic Racism

Dr. La Sharnda Beckwith, President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services Southern California recently met with prominent women from across the country to discuss the intersectionality of systemic racism in our country and the growing disparities recent events have revealed. A community leader with a global perspective, Dr. Beckwith facilitated a respectful yet candid discussion on a number of wide-ranging...
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Remembering a Special Avanti Participant

For over 70 years, Lutheran Social Services has reached out to those on the margins of society: men, women and children with no home in which to live, no food to eat, no clean clothes to wear, no work to earn a living, and no reason to think today will be any different from yesterday. But there is another population...
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Bringing Hope to Children in Need

Guadalupe, a single mom, lived with her three children in their apartment.  She tried to provide her young ones with everything they needed, and spent as much time as possible being a caring mother.  The children’s father had visitation with them every other weekend.     Lupe worked a night shift, and the father kept them during the evening hours,...
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From Being Homeless to Being Helpful

Felix came to the LSS office in Garden Grove. We gave him food and clothing and helped him pay for a storage locker for the next 30 days.  Everything he owned was in storage, and without money to pay the rent, all his possessions would have been sold at auction.     It was really a bad time for him. ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Veteran Executive Becomes First African American CEO to Lead Venerable Institution FULLERTON, Calif. – The Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services Southern California (LSSSC), today announced the appointment of Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith as President and CEO of LSS Southern California. Dr. Beckwith becomes the first African American CEO in the agency’s 75-year history. Beckwith joins the...
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A Mother Who Struggled; A Family That Was Saved

Carla’s life had consisted of one disaster after another. She grew up in foster care, and struggled with mental health issues from her early childhood. By the time she was 35, she had four children between the ages of four and ten, all of who had special mental health needs. She couldn’t find a job, and if she had, there...
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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!