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.
Our Avanti program in Pasadena serves developmentally challenged adults. Our disabled adult clients engage the community through social and volunteer opportunities. We offer a range of services including recreational, educational and one-on-one interaction with youth, seniors and other neighborhood residents.
Thomas Houston was diagnosed with mild retardation. He was shy and had no human interaction skills. But Thomas became a productive member of our Avanti community.
He passed out food to the homeless and delivered Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors.
He came to LSS on January 25, 1993 and he died on February 2, 2017. Over 24 years Avanti developed a shy young man with emotional and intellectual challenges into a role model and an awesome steward of the gifts God gave him.
Eileen Hofer, Area Director
60 North Daisy Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91107