Orange County

Located in the city of Garden Grove, LSS Orange County, serves more than 200 families and individuals per month with emergency and social services. When possible, clients are paired with a caseworker to address the more systemic and prevailing needs of the individual. We also partner with local churches, to support families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and facilitate local collections for Lutheran World Relief Quilt distribution.

mission & vision

Mission

Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California.

Vision

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

LSS Orange County offers a weekly food pantry and senior grocery program, clothing, hygiene packs, emergency vouchers for hotel, bus, gas and utilities motel/hotel vouchers. Clients are able to receive housing assistance, in depth case management and ongoing support while they navigate to a more stable situation. We also provide specialized counseling and supportive services for women that have been victims of crime.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Food Pantry
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Clothing Closet
  • Housing Referrals
  • Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip)
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
  • Individual & Family Counseling
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Cynthia’s Story

Cynthia is a mother of three boys and one girl, all under the age of eleven. She ran away from an abusive husband in Georgia, and came to the West Coast looking for a new life. The five of them managed to rent a single room in a personal residence, where they hoped to be safe. But, the landlord was verbally abusive and disrespectful to the family, and they were desperate for help.

Initially, they came to LSS asking for basic items: food, clothes, shoes and hygiene articles. But there was another essential need.

Cynthia had secured employment for the first time in seven years, but she had no money to provide childcare during the summer months, when her children were out of school. LSS managed to pay for this critical need. We also provided case management and individual counseling to assist her in the transition she and her children faced.

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Contact

Jim Pijloo, Area Director

Email:
ocinfo@LSSSC.org

Office: 714-534-6450
Fax: 714-534-6458

12432 Ninth Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Hours of Operation

Mondays & Tuesdays: 09:30am – 12:30pm

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 10:00am-12:00pm (closed for lunch for an hour) 1pm to 3pm

Closed to the public on Fridays

The office takes calls M-F 8:00am-5:00pm every week.

Our office makes appointments during the times not opened to the public. We are doing telephonic/telehealth encounters (counseling & case management appointments) at this point.

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.
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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
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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!

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