Open House & Ribbon Cutting – August 18, 2022

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Orange, CA – Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, a leading provider of social services programs in Southern California, announced that they will be holding a public open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at their new corporate offices located in the City of Orange at 999 Town & Country Road, Suite #100. The event will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The open house, entitled “A World of Services, Starts in Orange” will feature appetizers from around the world provided by LA Nonprofit & catering company, Foods From Afar. Additionally, guest will enjoy tours, networking and prize drawings. The Chamber of Commerce of Orange will be on hand to provide a ribbon cutting ceremony between 5-5:30 p.m.

The organization, which is licensed in 6 counties in Southern California, moved the corporate office from their Fullerton location in late December 2021. That site still serves as one of 18 hubs/service locations providing local programs including case management, a food pantry, housing counseling, peer training programs, and provides victims assistance to those who have experienced domestic or other forms of violence.

“Now that we are settled in our new building, we want to invite local businesses, government contacts, community leaders and leaders from all faiths to learn about our close to 40 programs throughout the Southland that save and impact the lives of our neighbors who need help most,” shared CEO LaSharnda Beckwith. Beckwith is no stranger to coming up with innovative programs and ideas to solve some of Southern California’s toughest social challenges.

Two years ago on April 20, 2020, as the world shut down due to COVID –19 Dr. Beckwith was unable to walk through the doors of LSSSC’s previous corporate offices in Fullerton. What she achieved in leadership as the new CEO during this crisis could very well become a title for her 5th book.

Unable to even meet in-person for a year with any of her nearly 200 staff, 22 board members and 1,000’s of supporters, Dr. Beckwith led a massive project to convert programs providing critical services to online/hybrid  (more) delivery. Additionally, she lead all staff to address heightened COVID trauma being experienced by Southern California’s most vulnerable populations.

During this time, she created a diverse dream team of experienced executives to build and fund an innovative model for Community Wellness Centers that address every aspect of a client’s healthy and wholesome existence. The first opens its doors in 2025.

To RSVP to the open house event or find out more about Lutheran Social Services Southern California visit: or call (714) 685-1800 (office) ext. 1213 or click here.


About Lutheran Social Services of Southern California

For 76 years, Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSSSC) has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping the most vulnerable families and individuals in Southern California. LSSSC is a social ministry organization with the Lutheran Services of America, one of the largest health and human service networks in America. Partners and funders include the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, and US Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services. The history of LSSSC dates back to 1944 when a handful of congregants from Lutheran churches in San Diego began providing services and resources to veterans returning home. This group joined with like-minded congregants in Los Angeles and formed Lutheran Social Services in 1946. Today, LSSSC employs almost 200 caring and dedicated staff that deliver more than 30 programs across six counties. Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in 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
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