Ventura County

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.

mission & vision


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 services

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.

Emergency Services (Embrace)
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing Referrals
  • Rental Assistance Vouchers
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Showers & Laundry
  • Utility Assistance
Social Services (Equip)
  • Referral Services
  • Case Management
Transitional Services (Empower)
  • Housing Counseling
  • Permanent/Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing
  • Payee Services

Gerald Brower is almost 70 years old. He worked for 37 years in the Mortgage Banking business, and earned a stable income in that field. Being the primary caregiver for his mom and dad, he lived in his childhood home with them until they died. But things changed when the recession hit in 2007. Gerald became unemployed, could not make the monthly payments, and finally had to sell the family home.

He rented a house for two years, but when the landlord raised the rent, was forced to move again. He tried to put funding together for a real estate project that would have earned him a large commission. But the deal fell apart, Gerald had almost no money, and he was evicted.

For the first time ever he was homeless. He put his belongings in storage, borrowed money from an acquaintance, and lived in his car. A friend invited him to move in with he and his wife, but three adults living in a small apartment didn’t work.

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Dichele Harris, M.P.P.A., Area Director


Office: 805-497-6207
Fax: 805-497-2607

80 E. Hillcrest Drive #101
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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.
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
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!