Support Services in Los Angeles
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Employment and Financial Services
Special Needs Services
Jewish Youth Services
Women’s Health Services
Care for the Aging
NON-EMERGENCY SUPPORT HOTLINES
211 is a 24-hour social services warm line where you can find referrals to any kind of social services, private non-profits or government agencies. Up-to-date information on shelters for the unhoused (data on spaces available), domestic violence shelters, food banks, counseling agencies, childcare and more.
311 is a hotline for City of Los Angeles government services, from graffiti paint-out to connections to your LA City council person. Open during business hours; voicemail requests on weekends.
Mental Health Access Line: LA County’s warm line and hotline for those with an urgent need for crisis intervention or referral to county mental health services: 1-800-854-7771.
Jewish Family Services
Access a comprehensive network of services that can help you and your family navigate life’s challenges and changes.
Food & Hunger: Food pantries, senior dining centers, and home-delivered meals to meet basic food needs. SOVA Food Pantry gives applicants a supply of food twice per month. A brief one-page application is required at the first visit.
Domestic violence: Shelters, counseling, and a private crisis hotline for individuals of any gender experiencing domestic violence or caring for loved ones experiencing violence
Aging: Community resources and support to help you navigate your health and well-being as you grow older.
Mental Health: Counseling, Support and Prevention Services for people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds
Children & Families: Educational and supportive services for you and your family through all ages and stages
Special Needs & Diverse Abilities: Supportive services and fun activities for all ages with special needs and diverse abilities and their families
The Jewish Federation’s Ezra Network can help you access what you need. You can access one-on-one sessions with a social worker, legal counselor, or job counselor, get help with government program eligibility, access mental health services, obtain referrals for other services and information about upcoming workshops and support groups, and be screened for financial assistance. The Ezra Network can also set up support groups depending on the needs of our community: bereavement groups, caregiving groups, etc. It’s all there for you — in private — and free.
Call the JFS Central Access line: (877) 275-4537, indicate that you are a member of Temple Israel of Hollywood, and they will connect you with a service provider.
Or for more direct access, call:
Social Worker for Hollywood: (323) 388-7285
Job Counselors: (310) 622-3844 or (310) 728-5567
Legal Counselor: (323) 549-5827
EMPLOYMENT AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
JVS’s immediate goal is to assist people to move from unemployment or chronic underemployment to a living wage, with the long-term effect that they are able to contribute to their communities, helping to stimulate and grow the local economy. They offer no cost career training, veteran services, support for job seekers, mentoring for women, Jewish community programs, disability services and a scholarship program.
Jewish Free Loan
Jewish Free Loan offers interest-free loans to individuals and families who may not qualify through normal financial channels. It affirms the ancient biblical mandate, interest-free lending, by enacting it: offering interest-free loan assistance for a wide range of needs, including personal, small business, education, wellness, and fertility.
OUR House provides essential grief support for a universal experience that deserves heightened understanding and acceptance. Our programs serve adults, teens, children and toddlers, which include grief support groups that are specific to the age of the griever, length of time since the death, and the relationship to the person who died.
Grieving children, teens and adults deserve the opportunity to experience the healing process in a safe, warm and nurturing environment. The healing process is enhanced through the friendships and connections that are developed in support groups
OUR HOUSE also offers Spanish speaking groups, medical and professional grief education training and on-site grief response services.
Learn more about OUR HOUSE grief support programs:
- In-House Adult and Children Grief Support Groups
- School-Based Grief Support
- Professional Grief Trainings
- On-Site Grief Response
Bet Tzedek attorneys and advocates help people of all communities and generations secure life’s necessities. Wherever people are in crisis, Bet Tzedek’s core services and rapid response programs provide stability and hope. Focused on providing justice for seniors, workers, and rapid response for those in crisis situations.
INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
ETTA serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, and is one of the premier providers of such services on the West Coast. ETTA’s services include residential housing, case management, employment training and placement, educational services and social services.
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
In the tradition of Vista Del Mar’s Jewish core values, Jewish Life Programs offers children with autism and other special needs a place where they are valued and celebrated in an atmosphere which is safe, nurturing and joyous. Their myriad services include individualized religious education programming and classes for children of ALL abilities, communal service learning for young adults, bar/bat mitzvah tutoring, inclusive High Holiday Services, special Shabbat services and community meals and holiday celebrations for the whole family. All programming takes place on their beautiful grounds.
Through their fully inclusive program, families and individuals of ALL abilities have a welcoming place where connections are made and lifelong relationships are established in the Jewish community.
JEWISH YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles
JBBBS offers mentorship, college support, camp opportunities, and teen programming for Jewish youth who could benefit from gaining skills to reach their goals and navigate their changing lives with confidence.
PJ Library offers Jewish caretakers access to one free Jewish book once a month. Applications are available on the website.
JQ celebrates the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities and ensuring inclusion through community building, educational programs, and support and wellness services.
JQ is offering a virtual drop-in support group for Jewish LGBTQ+ teens in California. Inspired by the real and unprecedented needs in our Jewish LGBTQ+ community, this group will discuss issues surrounding mental health, stress management, social relationships, identity development, and more. We encourage you to share this information about the group with anyone who may need a little extra support or connect them to me to learn more! RSVP HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Started by Rabbi Susan Silverman, Second Nurture works with communities to develop resources that integrate fostering and adoption into communal traditions, rituals and events across a range of settings so that all families feel seen and held by the larger community.
By normalizing foster care and adoption as common, celebrated ways of growing a family and facilitating a network of trust, companionship, and support among foster and adoptive families, Second Nurture builds communities that a.) hold adoption and fostering as essential values b.) help foster and adoptive families see themselves reflected in the identity of the community.
Sharsheret, a national non-profit organization, improves the lives of Jewish women and families living with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer through personalized support and saves lives through educational outreach.
While their expertise is in young women and Jewish families as related to breast cancer and ovarian cancer, Sharsheret programs serve all women and men.
CARE FOR THE AGING
Los Angeles Jewish Home
The Jewish Home is a comprehensive senior healthcare system offering a full continuum of care to seniors living in their own homes or on one of the Jewish Home’s campuses. The Jewish Home serves seniors on their campuses – almost 1,000 every day – and helps more than 5,000 seniors live comfortably and well in their own homes in the community too.
Their Connections to Care hotline service makes the Jewish Home’s services and programs easily accessible with one call. The hotline number is 855.227.3745.
LivHOME describes itself as the best senior home care services agency in Los Angeles, CA. It’s one of the nation’s largest providers of professionally-led in-home care services. Founded in 1999, LivHOME provides senior home care for the elderly in their own homes, offering integrated caregiving, care management, and care technology solutions. Contact: 5670 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90036, Phone: (323) 933-5880