Riverside County

Located in the city of Riverside, LSS Riverside is now situated within the campus of Trinity Lutheran Church, at 4162 Rubidoux Ave., Riverside 92506. Our office offers emergency services, case management and critical assistance to low income households and unsheltered individuals in addition to life-skills training and referrals regarding employment and education.

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

LSS Riverside provides emergency assistance and case management to meet critical needs such as food and clothing, utility and housing assistance (deposits, arrears payments), transportation assistance (gas or bus vouchers), benefits assistance (medical insurance), and Cal Fresh and Credit Repair. We also conduct workshops on financial literacy and career empowerment.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Food Pantry
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Clothing
  • Housing Referrals
  • Rental Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
Social Services (Equip)
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Rapid Rehousing
Christine’s Story

Christine went with a friend to Lutheran Social Services in Riverside to get lunch, and before long offered to be a volunteer in our donated clothing department.  That was her way of giving back to LSS for the food we had shared with her. There was a culture of hope and acceptance at our pantry, and that’s exactly what Christine needed most.

The oldest of three children, she grew up with her mother and stepfather, both of whom did drugs from as early as she can remember.  Child Protective Services (CPS) took her away from them at age 10, but she returned by age 12.

The family never had a real home, moving from motel to motel.  Sometimes her mom begged at the street corner.  On a regular basis her parents locked the door to their room and did drugs.

Continue reading…


Deniece Marshall, Area Director


Office: 951-689-7847
Fax: 951-687-7299

4162 Rubidoux Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 9am to 4:30pm by appointment only (closed from 12-1 for Lunch)
Tuesday: 9am to 4:30pm by appointment only (closed from 12-1 for Lunch)
Wednesday: Food Pantry open from 10am to 12pm and 12:30 to 2pm
Thursday: Food Pantry open from 10am to 12pm and 12:30 to 2pm
Friday: Closed

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!