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.
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.
- Food Pantry
- Clothing Closet
- Housing Referrals
- Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
- Transportation Assistance
- Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
- Eviction Prevention
- Utility Assistance
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
3772 Taft Street
Riverside, CA 92503