LSSSC embraces those in need in countless ways but an overwhelming majority of our clients first come to us for emergency services. It might be a sack lunch, a hot meal, a bag of groceries, a hygiene kit, a blanket, a warm shower, a washer and dryer to launder their clothes, or gently-used shoes and clean clothing, because they wear on their backs the only clothes they possess.

Emily was a caseworker for LSSSC, earning her Master of Social Work from a local university. In explaining why our presence is important, Emily said, “Before I was a staff member, I was a client. I initially came to LSSSC because there was no food in my pantry.” Herbert went to prison for burglary. A little cash, and his CDC card, was all he had when he appeared at our door. LSSSC helped him get an ID card, medical attention, and eventually a job to sustain him. But our first encounter was about a place for him to sleep, clothes for him to wear, and food to ease his hunger.

That’s why it is essential for everyone to join our 2018 ANNUAL WALK to FIGHT POVERTY.

• $25 provides one person with a week’s groceries, or new school shoes for three children.
• $50 bought an eye exam for a man living in his car and passes for five seniors to take the bus to an LSSSC dinner/shelter.
• $100 purchased two nights at a motel for a homeless man undergoing treatment for brain cancer and paid the water bill for a family of five.

Will you make a gift today that changes emergencies into rescue, and hopelessness into hope?

Walk to Fight Poverty Locations

Walk to Fight Poverty
San Bernardino, CA
Date: Saturday, November 3rd
Location: Campus of CCLM
1354 N. G St., San Bernardino, CA 92405
Time: 8:30a Registration; 9a Walk Begins
Contact: Claire Sekafetz –
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Orange County/Garden Grove
Date: Saturday, October 27th
Location: Yorba Regional Park
7600 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807
Time: 8:30a Registration; 9a – 10:30a Walk Begins
Contact: Maxine Abbott –
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Riverside County
Date: Saturday, October 6th
Time: 7:30a Registration; 8a Walk Begins
Location: Begins at Hope Lutheran, Riverside; Ends at Eden Lutheran, Riverside
Contact: Deniece Marshall –
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San Diego County
Date: Saturday, October 6th
Time: 9:00 am Registration; 9:30 am Sign Dedication
9:45 am Walk-through the park; 10:00 am Wine Tasting- Inside Senior Center
Cost: $25.00 per person, includes 4 wine tastings
Light appetizers will be served
Proceeds Benefit the Cathy Hopper Friendship Senior Center
For further information contact the Senior Center: 858-483-4007
Location: Clairemont Friendship Center
4425 Bannock Ave San Diego (Located adjacent to the North County Rec Center)
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San Fernando Valley
Date: Saturday, October 6th
Time: 8:30a registration; 9a Walk Begins
Location: Lake Balboa, Pavilion No. 1.
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
Contact: Jan Maseda –
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Ventura County
Date: Saturday, October 6th
Time: 8:30a registration; 9a Walk Begins
Location: Kingsmen Park, California Lutheran University
Contact: Denise Cortes –
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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!