Located in the city of Thousand Oaks, LSS Ventura County operates and manages emergency assistance programs throughout Conejo Valley. We provide short-term emergency assistance, addressing the immediate needs of marginalized and underserved communities, while promoting a sense of self-reliance and community among all persons.
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 Ventura County offers drop-in services for homeless and low-income individuals, providing access to food, showers and laundry facilities. We also offer rental and housing assistance in addition to intensive case management services. Our outreach partnership with the Ventura County Sheriff’s department allows us to meet those in need where they are and provide solution based options for short and long-term recovery.
- Food Pantry
- Housing Referrals
- Rental Assistance Vouchers
- Transportation Assistance
- Showers & Laundry
- Utility Assistance
Gerald Brower should be enjoying a steady retirement. He should have had his feet kicked up and been chatting with his buddies about tee times. Gerald is almost 70 years old. In an idyllic world, this is what Gerald’s life would have looked like. Gerald worked for 37 years in the Mortgage Banking business, and earned a stable income doing so. According to plans, he should have reached that idyllic lifestyle of cozy retirement.
Life does not always go according to plan though. Plans are subject to change, and subject to change at the mercy of life. The position many older adults find themselves in, Gerald was the primary caregiver for his mom and dad, and he lived by their side in his childhood home until they died. This was far from ideal, but it is a reality that many grown children are faced with. But life was not done with Gerald.
The year was 2007 and the recession hit right as Gerald was claiming his life back from the role of caregiver. Gerald was one of the many who became unemployed, and suddenly Gerald could not make the monthly payments on his family’s home. He was forced to sell the family home.
Dichele Harris, M.P.P.A., Area Director
80 E. Hillcrest Drive #101
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360