Located in the city of Riverside, LSSSC 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.
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 & 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.
LSSSC 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.
Food, Clothing, Hygiene, and Rental Assistance
Workforce Development Services
Peer Support Training and Development Program
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.
Elin Zerai, Clinical Senior Director
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