Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable individuals, families and communities toward self-sufficiency. 


Sharing the love of Christ, we seek to form a community where…

  • the vulnerable are safer and stronger
  • the dependent are self-sustaining
  • the isolated dwell in community
  • the weary are given hope.


  • Compassion
  • Advocacy
  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Stewardship

DEI Commitment Statement

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSSSC) views diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as the road to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a culture where everyone can succeed. Our community is made of staff, volunteers, stakeholders, funders, and the populations that we serve who pull from a complex range of backgrounds to contribute to the achievements of our common goals.
Our employees comprise a wide range of backgrounds and characteristics, and we believe those differences should be celebrated and valued. Whether it’s race, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, color, language, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information/characteristics, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic, these are parts that contribute to our experiences as humans, and ultimately to the knowledge and expertise that make them a valuable asset to Lutheran Social Services of Southern California.
LSSSC is committed and determined that there is access, opportunity, and advancement for all individuals. We are always looking for ways in which we can cultivate an inclusive work environment, strengthen our cultural competency, and train our managers and employees to provide opportunities for growth and development.
It is our intention that all our employees, regardless of any particular background or characteristic, always treat each member of our community with the same dignity and respect.

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!