Riverside County

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California began in December 1944 when a group of Lutheran congregations in San Diego came together to discuss how to better assist families in need. They began discussing how to form a Welfare Commission. Their vision expanded when they came together with another group of Lutheran congregations in Los Angeles having the very same conversations. Lutheran Social Services of Southern California was officially incorporated in 1946 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit social service agency. The mission has stayed true to its earliest beginnings, to be a servant to those in need.



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 has moved this year from transitional housing to permanent supportive housing, comprehensive case management and continues servicing critical needs such as food, clothing and transportation vouchers. We house the chronically homeless at Genesis House, provide outreach services that assist with mortgage/rental assistance and transportation. We also assist them with obtaining legal California identification, Social Security benefits, medical, mental and dental attention, and much more. Our exclusive attention in Riverside is on low-income households and the homeless.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Food Pantry
  • Clothing Closet
  • Housing Referrals
  • Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip)
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
  • Payee Services

I went with a friend to Lutheran Social Services in Riverside to get lunch, and before long offered to be a volunteer in their donated clothing department. The least I could do was give back to LSS for the food they had shared with me. There was a culture of hope and acceptance at that location, and that’s exactly what I needed most.

Deniece Marshall, the LSS Director in Riverside, helped me obtain a California ID Card, and also assisted me in finding a room to rent. I currently work two jobs weekly, and am enrolled at Riverside Community College in an Associate’s Degree in Social Work and Human Services.

For the first time in my life, I am focused on my future instead of simply repeating my past. It’s not easy, and not every day is filled with happiness. Despite that, though, I live with a sense of joy that my life is finally going somewhere, and there are possibilities waiting for me I had not even considered just two years ago.


Deniece Marshall, Area Director


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

3772 Taft Street
Riverside, CA 92503

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!