LSSSC Awarded a Double Dose of Support

ORANGE, CA – Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, a nonprofit provider of emergency services, social services, transitional services, and housing counseling to the underserved communities across Southern California since 1946, announced today that it has been awarded a double-dose of vital and essential support for two of its programs: Measure “I” funding ($110,000 awarded by OmniTrans) – which assists the chronically homeless and other vulnerable participants, by facilitating access to transit services that address barriers to transportation for disabled individuals;, as well as the Healthy California Families (HCF) Program ($20,000 awarded by the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation) – that provides social, health, and mental health services to thousands of Long Beach women and children.

Measure I funding will support the Central City Lutheran Mission (CCLM) Transportation Program, which provides free transportation services for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) so that they can access critical medical and non-medical services. The award will allow us to provide transportation services to eligible recipients – through the utilization of a 20-passenger van, an 8-passenger contingency van, and taxi vouchers; in addition to thousands of bus passes for hundreds of eligible individuals. This award primarily targets the cities of San Bernardino, Colton, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, Grand Terrace, Rialto, and Fontana, over a two-year period. We also anticipate that approximately 20% of those we serve will utilize the transit services for employment-related activities.

The Healthy California Families Program consists of two components: First, Emergency Services – providing a Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, and a Community Meal Program; Temporary Shelter in the form of Housing Referrals, or Motel / Rental Assistance Vouchers; Transportation Assistance; Healthcare Assistance for Dental, Vision, and Prescription costs; and Supportive Services such as Eviction Prevention, Probation Counseling, Utility Assistance, and Hygiene Kits. Secondly, we offer Educational Classes & Presentations – on a range of topics aimed at increasing participants’ knowledge of healthy and sustainable lifestyles, which ultimately promotes the development of individual and community life skills that can help improve and maintain wellness. The community partners with whom we collaborate in this endeavor include the LA County Department of Mental Health Promoters; Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center; and American University of Health Sciences. The Healthy California Families Program also hosts city-wide outreach events (Back-to-School drives, Easter Extravaganzas, etc.) that provide safe and nurturing environments for children; as well as health fairs at which women can access resources, and prescreen for preventable diseases.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California has three core values at the heart of its Mission: to Embrace those in need, to Equip them with the tools for success, and to Empower them to make a positive impact in the world. These core values fall directly in line with the focus of both awards, insomuch as we can continue to provide Emergency, Social, and Transitional Services to the most vulnerable among us (i.e., People Living with HIV/AIDS, Women and Children); while helping Lutheran Social Services put its Words into Actions, and be – not “just” the Voice; but also the Hands that advocate for the needs of so many underserved communities across Southern California.

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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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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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