Central City Lutheran Mission
>Located in the city of San Bernardino, Central City Lutheran Mission (future home of the Community Wellness Campus) supports the critical needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents. The mission assists those in crisis with emergency services, case management, life-skills training, employment and education referrals. Established in San Bernardino by five Lutheran churches in 1994, CCLM joined Lutheran Social Services of Southern California in July 2015.
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California is engaged in a very important project – the training and support of individuals who wish to become Peer Support Specialists (PSS). This project is being funded by a grant from the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAi) administrating the Workforce Education and Training (WET) Grant Program, a component of the State’s MHSA. This particular WET grant provides the opportunities for public, private, and nonprofit organizations, including faith based and community-based organizations (CBOs), to conduct training and support that facilitates the placement of peer personnel. For this project, peer personnel are defined as individuals with experience as a mental/behavioral health services consumer, family member, and/or caregiver placed in designated peer positions within the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). Unique about this project is that all the training, and most individual support, are conducted on-line in a format that allows the participants to learn at their own pace without the need to travel to training sites or disrupt their current schedules.
Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California.
Sharing the love of Christ, we are a community to care and be cared for…where the vulnerable are safer and stronger; where the dependent are self-sustaining; where the isolated dwell in community; where the weary will be given hope.
Central City Lutheran Mission offers services for those seeking food, shelter, education and health services. The mission is home to a men’s emergency shelter, transitional housing and reentry home for recently incarcerated men and individuals living with AIDS and HIV. A daily community meal, computer lab for adults and thrift store are offered daily in addition to intensive case management and referrals for those who qualify.
Men’s Clothing Closet
Community Meal Program
Men’s Homeless Shelter
Showers & Laundry
Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
Transitional Housing for Parolees
Fred came to LSSSC’s Central City Lutheran Mission because his wallet had been stolen at the motel where he stayed. But it was not the wallet that haunted him.
It was that Fred had faced a harrowing trauma and then never found the resources to cope with it. It was that Fred found himself on the outside of his marriage looking in. It was that Fred was facing homelessness as a result of a newfound dependence on substances to manage his emotions. It was that Fred had, in an attempt to abandon his problems in another life, found a solitary life void of hope.
It had not always been like this. But Fred’s 20 year-old son had died unexpectedly, and the grief ate him up from the inside like a cancerous tumor. He became depressed, angry, frustrated, and he felt totally lost, disconnected from reality.