LSSSC Releases Its 2020 Annual Report

A Message from Our President
Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, President and CEO

The numbers may tell the story, but you live it. Numbers are everywhere in an annual report and this is no exception. For some, the numbers quantify how many clients were served and services delivered, the amount of donations given and the costs of programs, among other things. For others, including myself, these numbers reflect the true value proposition of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California: serving in the name of Christ to provide hope and opportunity for our entire community of children, women and men who comprise our clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and staff. Most importantly, behind every statistic is an encounter, not only between clients and staff, but also between Jesus and the one who approaches him.

In receiving these plans, we have to be willing to do our own work. God will push us in the right direction, but we must take the steps. We must allow ourselves to be the vessels of God’s work, to be teachable and serviceable. We must look at where we would like to be, and we must reconcile with the realities of where we are and how we got here.

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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.
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!