Central City Lutheran Mission

Central City Lutheran Mission helps people seeking shelter, food, education and health services. Established in San Bernardino by five Lutheran churches in 1994, CCLM joined Lutheran Social Services of Southern California in July 2015. Here in the City of San Bernardino you’ll find a men’s emergency shelter, houses for people living with HIV/AIDS, a men’s transitional house and a reentry house for recently incarcerated men. Tools for hunger relief include grocery distribution, a weekday hot meal, community garden and a thrift store. Children participate in a weekday after school program, and adults have access to a computer, sewing cooperative, medical and job transportation, and classes in English, Aerobics, Baking, and Arts & Crafts. Our residents and community members can also seek behavioral health and medical services on CCLM’s property at H-Street Clinic.

mission & vision


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.

our services

Central City Lutheran Mission helps people seeking shelter, food, education and health services.  We provide a men’s emergency shelter, houses for people living with HIV/AIDS, men’s transitional house and a reentry house for recently incarcerated men.  There is grocery distribution, a weekday hot meal, and a computer lab for adults, community garden and a thrift store.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Food Pantry
  • Food Assistance
  • Clothing Closet
  • Community Meal Program
  • Housing Referrals
  • Men’s Homeless Shelter
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Vision Assistance
  • Showers & Laundry
Social Services (Equip)
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Workforce Development Program
  • Housing Counseling
  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
  • Payee Services
  • Homework Center
  • Transitional Housing for Parolees

Fred entered Central City Lutheran Mission because his 20 year-old son died.  He left Arizona and came to California; not looking for something here, but running away from pain in Arizona.

We earned his trust, addressed his pain and put him to work in the Central City Lutheran Mission kitchen. He improved our cooking and food handling methods. The Board of Health gave us an “A” rating!

He returned home to renew his marriage. Fred said, “The day I left Central City Lutheran Mission, you lost a kitchen worker, but I found a new life.”


Jessica Esquivel, Senior Director


Office: 909-381-6921
Fax: 909-381-5417

1354 North G St.
San Bernadino, CA 92405

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!