Transitional Services

Within the context of more intentional case management, LSS operates over 50 specialized programs, offering resources to people in need. These programs range from aging and disabled supportive services, resources for veterans, transitional and permanent affordable housing, job training and financial literacy, behavioral health services, youth mentoring and academic success, refugee and immigrant services, family services of all types, disaster preparedness and response, and many others.

Each individual experiences their own unique combination of challenges. We attempt to equip them with tools and access to networks of resources to provide help for their family at different points along the continuum of care, enabling them to move toward independence and find encouragement.


Please note that all programs/services are NOT available at every LSS location. Please call ahead to verify available services.

Education & Training

  • Services for Adults with Intellectual / Physical Disabilities – Adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential, community access & healthy personal choices. Services to the community from house cleaning & laundry to car washes, shopping assistance or yard clean up. Mentoring that enhances client participation in the community. Fostering community awareness and support for the developmentally disabled.

  • Recidivism Reduction Program – Provides case management for individuals who have been recently released from prison.

Locations: Ventura County

  • Student Assistance Program – In addition to the TRIO/Upward Bound programs, select sites also offer homework assistance and wraparound services with defined planning processes used to build constructive relationships and support networks among students and youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities (EBD) and their families.

  • TRIO Programs (Upward Bound and Talent Search) – Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

Locations: San Diego County

  • Workforce Development Program – Equips men with basic training and general aptitude, as they seek to transition out of the CCLM men’s shelter and into the workplace environment. This program is being launched in three different categories: construction, restaurant employment and pastoral assistance.

Support and Referral Services

  • County-Wide Benefits Entitlements Services (CBEST) – In conjunction with the Department of Social Services, provides qualified homeless individuals or veterans with mental and physical health assistance providing applications for the following disability programs:

    a. SSI – Supplemental Security Income

    b. SSDI – Social Security Disability Income

    c. CAPI – Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants

    d. VA – Veterans Benefits for all former or active military

    e. Disability & Housing Benefits for Homeless and Veterans

  • Housing Counseling – Certified HUD sponsored counseling agency providing free or low cost advice on buying a home, renting, default, foreclosure avoidance, credit issues or reverse mortgages.

  • Permanent Supportive/Rapid Re-Housing – Combines low-barrier affordable housing, health care, and supportive services to help individuals and families lead more stable lives.

  • Payee Representative Services – Provide assistance with money management and financial literacy education.

Locations: All locations

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!