Emergency Crisis – Immediate Response

Mothers with young children come to our center. Their food stamps don’t enable the family to buy enough groceries to last the month. That’s when LSS steps in and makes up the difference.  Sometimes our pantry is their last option.

One single mom with five children works on a food truck.  She leaves home every day at 3:30 AM, and sets the alarm on her cell phone so she can call her children, and make sure they get to school on time.  Our pantry is closed when she gets off work, but a volunteer waits until she arrives for the groceries she and her children need.  For LSS, the “emergency” in emergency services is sometimes as simple as keeping the door open until our client arrives.

A teacher received a pink slip from the school district, and for two years, he and his family lived in a motor home.  They came to LSS for groceries each week.

A young graduate student, who interned with LSS as a case manager, surprised the staff when she shared that her initial experience with Lutheran Social Services was not at the professional level.  She first came to our pantry because there was no food in her cabinet, and no money in her wallet.

Currently, we see more college students at our pantry and clothes closet.  Students from area universities, especially Pierce College and CSUN, attend classes like everybody else on campus.  But these young women and men are homeless.  They live in their cars, shower in the school gymnasium, and then come to LSS for something to eat. They want an education, but they can’t get it without help obtaining food on a regular basis.  This is a new trend that continues to expand.

There are many faces to poverty.  Every client has a story.  Regardless of why they come to us, Lutheran Social Services is ready to embrace them in their need, to equip them in every possible way, and to support them as they learn how to empower their lives, and fulfill their dreams.

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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!