San Gabriel Valley

Located in the city of Pasadena, LSS San Gabriel Valley is home to our innovative Avanti program for individuals experiencing intellectual or developmental disabilities. Avanti successfully engages participants in social and volunteer opportunities throughout the community while also reinforcing basic life skills and independence. Participants are referred to the program through qualified Regional Centers.

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 San Gabriel Valley offers a range of services for clients experiencing intellectual and/or developmental challenges.  Program elements include full and half-day recreational, educational and wellness services tailored to the individual participant’s needs while empowering them to become contributing members of the community.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Please check one of our other locations for the many services we offer.
Social Services (Equip)
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Services for Adults with Intellectual/Physical Disabilities
  • Housing Counseling
  • Payee Services
Thomas Houston’s Story

For over 70 years, Lutheran Social Services has reached out to those on the margins of society: men, women and children with no home in which to live, no food to eat, no clean clothes to wear, no work to earn a living, and no reason to think today will be any different from yesterday, with the same forecast in store for tomorrow, and the day after that.

But there is another population we have served for almost 40 years. Avanti is our LSS program in Pasadena for adults with developmental disabilities. We come alongside people with overwhelming challenges, and help them discover their options for a genuine quality of life.

We help make them feel at home because of how special they are to us. Thomas Houston was one of our special residents.

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Armine Kim, Area Director


Office: 626-564-0191
Fax: 626-564-8521

60 North Daisy Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91107

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!