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LSS Community Care has a legacy of meeting the needs of the poor, underserved and powerless regardless of race, creed or orientation since 1946.  We unite with individuals, churches, businesses, civic leaders, government agencies and other stakeholders for one goal; breaking the cycle of poverty one family at a time. Take a moment to explore three key ways LSS serves:

Emergency Services
Serving 60,000 individuals and families with basic needs like food, hot meals, clothing, housing, transportation and more.

Program Resources
Operating over 50 specialized programs offering training that equips individuals and families with tools and resources that move them toward independence.

Family Support Initiative
Surrounding families with the support they need to move out of poverty and also initiating changes in the community that result in eliminating barriers to economic stability.


LCMS Hearts for Jesus Project

Why give to LSS Community Care?

For nearly 70 years, Lutheran Social Services has been standing in the gap for kids and their families, as well as hurting men and women.
Throughout Southern Californa we have reached out to care for the poor, the underserved, and the powerless, regardless of race, creed or orientation.
This year, the Missouri Synod chapel offerings from all their schools in Southern California will be directed towards Lutheran Social Services.
This is the start of a deliberate strategy to connect Lutherean schools at all levels with community engagement provided by LSS.

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LSS Community Care Centers is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
All donations are tax deductible in full or in part.
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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!