Voices of Hope

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!

Bishop Brenda Bos elected to serve a six-year term as Bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

LSS President and CEO Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith joined ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and ELCA Pacifica Synod Bishop Andy Taylor for the installation of ELCA Southwest CA Synod Bishop, Brenda Bos. Following her election, Bishop Bos joined Bishop Taylor and LCMS President Mike Gibson as one-third of the presiding prelate which governs LSS Southern California and it’s Board of Directors….

November 5, 2021

November is the month we set aside to focus on GRATEFULNESS. For years I have been intentional not to rush from Halloween to Christmas, and I take time to be grateful in November by focusing on joy! That is where I start today. Psalms 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad!

LWR Ingathering

Lutheran World Relief collections, often called Ingatherings, are key to getting thousands of quilts and kits to LWR’s warehouses for processing, packing and shipping overseas. LWR Key Leaders, the committed volunteers that manage the details of the Ingatherings, are unsung heroes of this ministry. In this series, we highlight some of those special people and the ways they make their local collections happen.

For Some People It’s Personal

For the third consecutive year, Jerry Coffey will walk on October 2, 2021, in our LSS Riverside Walk to Fight Poverty. Others will also participate, but for Jerry it’s a personal commitment; very, very personal. Pictured to the left, Jerry and Joan Coffey shared many wonderful moments together throughout their 22 years of marriage. They started as co-workers, then casual…

October 1, 2021

God bless you this wonderful Friday morning. I am so happy we have made it to yet another Friday, and I am looking forward to the weekend. How has your week been? I hope your stress levels were low. However, if that was not the case and you experienced high stress, let me assure you that it is a season…

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!