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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Anuakpado, Area Director
60 North Daisy Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91107