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.
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.
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, Area Director
4425 Bannock Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117
Eleanor Slaughter, Senior Companion Program
Suzanne Stephens, Caring Neighbors
Gabby Bernal, TRIO Programs
Office: 619-941-2080 x 1103