Located in the city of Long Beach, LSS 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.
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 South Bay/Long Beach 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).
- Food Pantry
- Hygiene Kits
- Clothing Closet
- Referrals & Linkages to Other Community Agencies & Organizations
- Transportation Assistance
- Intensive Case Management
- Educational Classes & Workshops
- Payee Representative Services
- Outreach Community Events (Annual Christmas Celebration, Thanksgiving Celebration, Easter Celebration, Back to School Giveaway & Health and Resources Fair)
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.
Carla Kamar, Area Director
1611 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813