Rural San Bernardino County

As the largest geographical county in the contiguous 48 states and one of the poorest, children and families in San Bernardino County Rural are impacted by disproportionate food and housing insecurity, mental health and substance use disorders, family violence, child abuse, and geographical isolation. Community members encounter multiple challenges accessing services including the sheer distance involved and lack of available public transportation. LSS staff provide essential mental health services to children, families, and individuals with mental health issues, often traveling to provide services in client homes and communities. Services offered by staff include case management, therapeutic interventions, and psychiatric services that equip children and families to attain stability and empower them to overcome challenges. SBC Rural staff teams bring the hope and love of God to the communities they serve, extending care that bolsters client self-sufficiency.

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 Rural San Bernardino provides hope to those in crisis with counseling services ranging from anger management and child abuse to family counseling and life skills training. Our Mental Health Services encompasses needs assessment, case management, prevention, senior isolation relief, behavioral modification, crisis intervention and telepsychiatry. SBC Medi-Cal eligibility is generally required, Medi-Care Insurance is also accepted.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
Social Services (Equip)
  • Needs Assessment
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
  • Telepsychiatry Services (Big Bear Lake and Lucerne Valley)
  • Student Assistance Program (Big Bear Lake)
  • Mental Health Services for Children and Adults
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Charlene’s Story

Catherine and Robert made the ultimate commitment in 2011 when they adopted three siblings, ages 5, 7, and 11. What began as an opportunity to provide love and care for three children quickly deteriorated into a struggle nobody could anticipate. The oldest, Charlene, began to grow away from her new family and her initial happy self. She started acting out, and not in the sense of a temper tantrum. Charlene began down a road of destructive and divisive behavior.

The parents lacked the resources to get Charlene proper clinical help, as nearly 20 percent of Apple Valley residents do. They were left to fight this uphill battle on their own. But they provided all the love and support they could for Charlene, and after gaining enough of her trust, it was learned she had been a victim of sexual abuse from multiple members of her birth family.

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Dolores Price, Area Director

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

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

Tawanda Counts, Area Director
Mental Health Services for Adults and Children

Trona Office
82820 Trona Rd. Suite C
Trona, Ca 93562

Tawanda Counts, Area Director
Mental Health Services for Adults and Children

Barstow Office
309 E Mountain View
Barstow, Ca 92311

Felix Hallig, Program Manager
Mental Health Services for Children

Yucca Valley Office
58923 Business Center Drive Suites A-E
Yucca Valley, Ca 92284

Alfreda Wright, Program Manager
Mental Health Services for Children

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!