Rural San Bernardino 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.

mission

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

Our centers support the mental and behavioral health needs of the remote and hard to reach locations of this geographically large county. Our Mental Health Services, encompassing clients of all ages include needs assessment, referral, case management, prevention, older adult isolation relief, intervention via therapy, behavioral modification, crisis intervention and telepsychiatry. SBC Medi-Cal eligibility is generally required, Medi-Care is also accepted. Services are provided in Big Bear Lake, Lucerne Valley, Apple Valley, Barstow, Trona, Baker, Yucca Valley and areas in between unless otherwise noted.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Big Bear Mental Health Crisis Hotline: (866)729-9633
  • Mountain Resource Directory Distribution
Social Services (Equip)
  • Needs Assessment
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
  • Individual & Family Mental Health Services (ages/service vary depending on office)
  • Telepsychiatry Services (Big Bear Lake and Lucerne Valley)
  • Student Assistance Program (Big Bear Lake)
  • Older Adults Prevention and Early Intervention Program (Big Bear Lake)
  • Probation Counseling (Barstow)
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
story

A couple adopted siblings: 11, 7 and 5, and learned members of the birth family had sexually abused the oldest daughter.

They were referred to Our Children Project, a program for children who have suffered the trauma of being sexually abused. 

Their daughter met in a group of girls for three years, each having experienced abuse.  She announced, “I’m not the only one, Mom.  Those girls are just like me!  They know how I feel!” 

The parents wrote:  “Without the Our Children Project, our family would not have survived the trauma of early childhood sexual abuse.  Although it was one child who received services, it was our entire family who received the benefit.”

 
Contact
 

Eileen Hofer, Senior Director
Email: EHofer@LSSSC.org

Dolores Price, Area Director
Email: dprice@lsssc.org

Office: 909-866-5070
Fax: 909-878-3228

Big Bear Lake Main Office
41945 Big Bear Blvd Suite 222/PO Box 1927
Big Bear Lake, Ca 92315

Mental Health Services offered for Adults, Children’s programs, Student Assistance program

Pedder Office/Big Bear Lake
40880 Pedder Rd #3
Big Bear Lake, Ca 92315

Margaret Tiefenthaler, Case Manager
909-866-5247
mtiefenthaler@lsssc.org
Older Adult Isolation Relief and Mental Health Services

Lucerne Valley Office
32770 Old Woman Springs Road
Lucerne Valley, Ca. 92356

Tawanda Counts, Area Director
760-248-6612
tcounts@lsssc.org
Mental Health Services for Adults and Children

Trona Office
82820 Trona Rd. Suite C
Trona, Ca 93562
760-372-5159

Tawanda Counts, Area Director
tcounts@lsssc.org
Mental Health Services for Adults and Children

Barstow Office
309 E Mountain View
Barstow, Ca 92311
760-256-7279

Trish Odoh, Interim Area Director
todoh@lsssc.org
Mental Health Services for Children, Probation Counseling

Yucca Valley Office
58923 Business Center Drive Suites A-E
Yucca Valley, Ca 92264
760-365-7209

Trish Odoh, Interim Area Director
todoh@lsssc.org
Mental Health Services for Children

Apple Valley Office
Address is not published due to program nature
760-961-0250

Carole Voll, LMFT
cvoll@lsssc.org
Child Sexual Abuse program

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.
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