San Diego County

Our community care center in San Diego County currently offers a range of programs for seniors, youth, and those in need of emergency services. We strategically partner with schools, churches, and other community locations to bring our services where they are needed most. We operate Cathy Hopper Clairemont Friendship Center, Senior Companion Program, two TRiO student education programs; an emergency food pantry; and Caring Neighbors. This method of partnering allows us to provide service opportunities that are valuable for our clients and volunteers.

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

We offer a range of opportunities for seniors, youth and those in need of emergency services. We operate the Cathy Hopper Clairemont Friendship Center, Senior Companion Program, two TRIO student education programs, an emergency food pantry and Caring Neighbors. Our services are valuable for both our clients and volunteers.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Food Pantry
Social Services (Equip)
  • Senior Companions
  • Caring Neighbors
  • Referral Services
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Student Assistance Program
  • TRIO Programs (Upward Bound and Talent Search)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Lawrence and Edna

Lawrence and Edna McDonald were married 44 years.  Once their daughter saw her father drive by their home.  “I couldn’t remember where I lived,he said. Tests revealed Alzheimer’s disease.  Over time he concluded Edna was his co-worker, but not his wife.

Geraldine McCue, our Senior Companion, visits this family several times weekly.  She engages Lawrence at a level he can accept, and gives Edna a chance to have a few hours of solace, and also go to dialysis.  Edna proclaimed, “Geri is God’s Angel.” 


Darlene Mees, Senior Director
Office: 858-483-4007
Fax: 858-483-4006
4425 Bannock Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117

Eleanor Slaughter, Senior Companion Program
Office: 858-483-4005
Fax: 858-483-4006

Suzanne Stephens, Caring Neighbors
Office: 619-448-1888

Gabby Bernal, TRIO Programs
Office: 619-941-2080 x 1103

Eleanor Slaughter, Cathy Hopper Friendship Center
Office: 858-483-4007
4425 Bannock Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117

Johnny Viloria, Food Pantry Project Hand
Office: 619-425-4061
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
580 Hilltop Dr.
Chula Vista, CA 91910

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!