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 center serves over 1,000 people each month providing emergency assistance such as food, clothing, hygiene items and blankets. After client intake we refer many to additional resources throughout the community. We also offer disability and housing benefit assistance to homeless families, individuals and veterans through our County Wide Benefits Team (CBEST).
- Food Pantry
- Clothing Closet
- Housing Referrals
- Motel/Rental Assistance Vouchers
- Transportation Assistance
- Dental, Vision & Prescription Assistance
- Eviction Prevention
- Utility Assistance
We conduct assessment interviews to help poor and homeless individuals access governmental benefits. A college educated man teaching court-mandated “life skills” classes suffered a stroke. Now he can’t teach, can barely talk, and has lost his home. His family lives with relatives.
A 21 year-old woman has been homeless for 10 years. Her mother was incarcerated, and she lives in the streets totally on her own.
In addition to clothes and food, we offer hope to people literally hanging on for their lives, in service to Christ.
Wendy Rubio, Emergency Services
1611 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813