For 76 years, Lutheran Social Services of Southern California has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping the most vulnerable families and individuals in Southern California.

Our roots date back to 1944 when a handful of congregants from Lutheran churches in San Diego began providing services and resources to veterans returning home. This group joined with like-minded congregants in Los Angeles and formed LSSSC in 1946. Today, we employ almost 200 caring and dedicated staff that deliver more than 30 programs in 20 locations across six
counties. We are a social ministry organization with the Lutheran Services of America, one of the largest health and human service networks in America. Our partners and funders include the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, and US Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services.

We propose Community Wellness Campuses that provide integrative services to Southern California’s most vulnerable populations.

The objective of the project is to develop a Community Wellness Campus that adopts a holistic paradigm to provide housing and sustainability services. The first Community Wellness Campus will be built on more than 3 acres of land in the vicinity of the Interstate 215 corridor. The project will revitalize the community and allow various housing types and supportive services as well as open and recreation spaces. It will be ADA accessible and have pathways connecting all buildings for efficiency and ease of access.

The number of homeless individuals in San Bernardino County is increasing and more than than 26% live in the City. In the 2019/20 school year, 30,270 San Bernardino County K-12 students were identified as homeless or lacking secure housing. This represents seven percent (7%) of total enrollment.










The campus was designed following an intensive landscape analysis that assessed the community’s unique strengths and challenges.

The final project will result in a campus that delivers housing and sustainability services and integrates and coordinates a myriad of needed services to the community. The campus will have a center devoted to the delivery of afterschool services, offer workforce development, along with a newly constructed emergency shelter, transitional and supportive housing units, and administrative buildings. Other facilities designed to facilitate care coordination are also included in the project.

The campus’ community food market, run by the participants of the workforce development program, will allow the array of campus services to be financially sustainable.

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For a more in-depth explanation and information on how to help, visit lsssc.org/cwc or contact Darren Veracruz at (714) 263-1426

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!