Founded in faith but open to all, LSS traces its roots to 1883 in San Francisco when a group of West Coast Lutherans gathered to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth. In the process, they raised money to care for orphans and widows. Over the years, several social service programs and agencies formed to advocate for and serve the needy. A 1968 merger formed what is today Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Northern California with a service region stretching from San Luis Obispo County to the Oregon border.
Today, LSS focuses exclusively on services that prevent and end homelessness. This includes a range of direct services, including money management, supportive housing, employment counseling, job readiness training and case management to ensure each person we serve receives care and support they need to get their life back on track.