Los Angeles County Long Beach/South Bay

Located in the city of Long Beach, LSS Los Angeles County Long Beach/South Bay serves over 1,000 individuals and families each month through a comprehensive emergency assistance program. Assessing the client’s overall condition at intake, our staff and benefit specialists tailor programs and partner resources to individual need and engagement. Equipping those we serve with self-empowering tools and solution-based resources, we patiently walk alongside our clients on the road to independence.

 

 

MISSION & VISION

Mission

Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California.

Vision

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 Los Angeles County Long Beach/South Bay offers comprehensive emergency services which include daily grocery distribution featuring fresh and non-perishable food items, pre-sorted clothing closet, hygiene items, infant supplies, blankets and other essentials. We also offer disability and housing benefit assistance for homeless individuals, families and veterans through our County Wide Benefits Services Team (CBEST).

Emergency Services
(Embrace)

  • Food Pantry
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Clothing Closet
  • Referrals & Linkages to Other Community Agencies & Organizations

Social Services
(Equip)

  • Intensive Case Management
  • Educational Classes & Workshops
  • Outreach Community Events (Annual Christmas Celebration, Thanksgiving Celebration, Easter Celebration, Back to School Giveaway & Health and Resources Fair)

Transitional Services
(Empower)

  • Preparations for Employment
  • County-Wide Benefits Entitlements Services (CBEST)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Permanent Supportive

Deborah’s Story

Deborah grew up in Pennsylvania, where she worked as an administrative assistant at the Philadelphia Housing Authority by day, and where she sang backup for entertainer Phyllis Hyman at night, and on weekends. She was a self-motivated woman who accomplished much in her work, and also a gifted musician whose dream was to become a songwriter and recording artist.

After being laid off from work, she received unemployment as a source of income, but it wasn’t enough to sustain her. She moved into the vacant home of a pastor friend, but after a short time the home was sold, and she had a major decision to make. She could move in with her mother in Philly, or pursue her dream of a life in California. She chose the latter.

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CONTACT

Carla Kamar, Area Director

Email:
lbsbinfo@LSSSC.org

Office: 562-599-1321
Fax: 562-218-4123

1611 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

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.
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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
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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!

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