Central City Lutheran Mission (CCLM) is a unique community-based organization dedicated to serving the people living in poverty in San Bernardino, California.
CCLM was established in 1994 by a group of five Lutheran churches and continues to be supported by those original churches as well as many more community partners. Located in one of America’s poorest urban communities, CCLM brings a broad range of services to address issues of health, housing and education. While having a heart for the most vulnerable and underserved populations – youth at risk, homeless individuals living with HIV, and homeless men – our programs serve adults, youth and children throughout the neighborhood.
Critical values in our approach to ministry are represented in our logo’s blue and green colors, the various shapes suggested by the encircling of different people – star of David, baptismal font, flower:
• God’s absolute affirmation of humanity and the natural world in the incarnation of Jesus the Christ
• Diverse people working together in a posture of mutual giving and receiving
• Emergence of life-giving beauty from joining the dance of sharing in community
• Justice called for by the Hebrew prophets and the promise of new life to every beloved child of God.
Effective July 1, 2015, a merger between CCLM and Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSS-SC) was approved by the State of CA Attorney General. LSS-SC began in December 1944 and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1946 by groups of Lutheran congregations wanting to better assist families in need. Today LSS-SC annually serves hundreds of thousands of individuals and families throughout Southern California with over 50 different programs/services at over 20 different locations. The mission of LSS-SC is to celebrate the love of Christ for all people through acts of service. We strive to walk with those in need in Southern California by embracing those in crisis, equipping individuals and families, and empowering them to live with integrity, dignity and self-sufficiency.