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, Fiona Kilner, believes it couldn’t have been more affirming. “I was so excited to see all the agencies, churches, community organizations and businesses that came out to be with us,” she said. The ribbon-cutting brought nearly 150 guests, many of whom represented area churches and nonprofit agencies, members of the San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kaiser Permanente Hospital, as well as universities and political offices.
Earlier this year, LSS Community Care took a bold step of faith to expand its services from Van Nuys to address the unmet needs of the valley’s ever-growing homeless population. The agency’s localized help in Van Nuys was most effective, but an agency study determined that great needs existed elsewhere in the San Fernando Valley. “We saw the expansion as an opportunity to help even more people in need,” Kilner commented. “With the help of area churches and the broader community of support, we believe the ministry’s impact will be even greater. Collaboration will be absolutely key to its success.” LSS Community Care Board Chairman and San Fernando Valley resident, David Burtch, expressed heartfelt thanks to the community for the warm welcome: “I am very grateful for the support, not only from our Lutheran community, but also from the business community.” Burtch’s years of volunteer work with the agency has enabled him to appreciate not only what has been historically provided, and what this expansion will mean in added service. “I am most excited about moving into an underserved community in the Valley,” he said. “Our services will now be more conveniently available to many folks for whom the trip to Van Nuys was a significant burden.”
With the help of area churches and the broader community of support, we believe the ministry’s impact will be even greater. Collaboration will be absolutely key to its success.
The new Canoga Park facility, located at 214 Strathern St., Canoga Park, is a flagship for the agency’s results-driven Homeless 2 Home Program, which comprehensively addresses the need for helping individuals and families permanently transition from homelessness to the security of homes.
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