San Bernardino

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 individuals, families, and communities toward self-sufficiency.  


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.

Emergency Services

Social Services

Transitional Services

  • Food Pantry

  • Men’s Clothing Closet

  • Housing Referrals

  • Men’s Homeless Shelter

  • Transportation Assistance

  • Vision Assistance

  • Showers & Laundry

  • Referral Services

  • Case Management

  • Housing Counseling

  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing

  • Payee Services

Fred’s Story

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.

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Jessica Esquivel


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

1354 North G St.
San Bernardino, CA 92405

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Lutheran Social Services of Southern California operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. For more information on Lutheran Social Services of Southern California’s Civil Rights Program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact Lutheran Social Services of Southern California at 909-381-5417, or visit our administrative office at 1354 N G Street, San Bernardino, CA 92405. A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590. If information is needed in another language, contact 909-381-5417.

Lutheran Social Services del Sur de California cumple con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964. Lutheran Social Services del Sur de California opera sus programas y servicios sin distinción de raza, color y origen nacional de acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles. Cualquier persona que crea haber sido agraviada por una práctica discriminatoria ilegal bajo el Título VI puede presentar una queja a Lutheran Social Services del Sur de California. Para obtener más información sobre el Programa de Derechos Civiles de Lutheran Social Services del Sur de California y los procedimientos para presentar una queja, comuníquese con Lutheran Social Services del Sur de California al 909-381-5417 o visite nuestra oficina administrativa en 1354 N G Street, San Bernardino, CA 92405. Un demandante puede presentar una queja directamente a la Administración Federal de Tránsito presentando una queja a la Oficina de Derechos Civiles, Atención: Coordinador del Programa Título VI, Edificio Este, Quinto Piso-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590. Si necesita información en otro idioma, comuníquese con el 909-381-5417.

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!