Hearts to Serve, a hotline to support to all of those in need
855-423-6780 from 8 am to 6 pm daily
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In the midst of the crisis due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) generating increased needs from certain segments of the community, the Office of Life, Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus launched Hearts to Serve, a hotline in support to all of those in need, especially the elderly, homebound, and pregnant women. The joint effort answers the call of Pope Francis and of Archbishop José H. Gomez, to be missionary disciples.
“In this unprecedented time of uncertainty and sacrifice, we see wonderful acts of kindness and mercy emerging,” said Kathleen Domingo, senior director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace. “Hearts to Serve invites Catholics from every walk of life to join an effort of prayer and service for those most in need now. Together, we can nourish our faith and offer real comfort to our brothers and sisters. When once again we are able to gather in person, our community will be stronger for it.”
Those in need of food or supplies can call the hotline at 855-423-6780 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. A Catholic community of volunteers will be ready to help with essential needs. They will connect callers with local resources for food and other household necessities. The services that will be provided include: grocery or medicine delivery to homes, provision of food and other necessities from local food pantries to those that might not be able to afford it at this time, and guidance for additional questions that need larger answers.
“The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles, is here to serve the poor and those living on the margins,” said David Garcia, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. “In this time of uncertainty, the Society is committed to collaborating with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in its efforts to mobilize Catholics to serve the neediest in our community. As you can imagine, due to the current crisis, our parish-based chapters of volunteers, which we call Conferences of Charity, have seen an increase in calls for assistance. We will do our best to assist the Archdiocese’s outreach endeavors to help people in need.”
To meet increased needs from the diverse communities served in the Archdiocese, Hearts to Serve is providing those looking to help others during the pandemic with the following volunteer opportunities:
- Volunteer to answer calls on the hotline. Training will be provided. Can be done from your own home.
- Volunteer to deliver food and household items to the homebound. Must be under 60 years of age, have a current drivers’ license, auto insurance and use of a vehicle.
- Collect items to stock parish-based food pantries. In addition to nonperishable food items, fresh produce and bread, meat, and baby items, such as diapers and formula are appreciated.
- Volunteer at a parish-based food pantry. Hours to be determined.
Want to help your community? Click here to sign up to volunteer with our Hearts to Serve outreach program.
Parish With Food Pantries:
|Parish Name||Parish Address||Parish City, State, Zip Code||Further Information|
|Presentation of Mary||6406 Parmelee Ave||Los Angeles, CA 90001||Restocking Food Pantry|
|Our Lady of the Holy Rosary||7800 Vineland Ave||Sun Valley, CA 91352||The St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry is assisting families in need with food, clothing, diapers, and baby formula.|
|St. Anne Church and Shrine||2011 Colorado Ave||Santa Monica, CA 90404||Funds are being used to expand the weekly food bank. Many of the local parish families work in hotels and restaurants as well as the airport and are losing/have lost their jobs (or at risk). The food bank has also lost one of it’s biggest donors due to the current situation.|
|St. Gertrude the Great||7025 Garfield Avenue||Bell Gardens, CA 90201||Providing additional resources for our food bank and assistance with groceries to the elderly, families with children and those who are lower income and struggling financially amid this current crisis.|
|St. Madeleine||999 E Kingsley Ave||Pomona, CA 91767||Launched a parish outreach program to help low income families and elderly in their community. They’re using the funds to restock their food pantry and currently provide food distribution on Sundays to families in need.|
|St. Gerard Majella||4439 Inglewood Blvd||Los Angeles, CA 90066||Restocking Food Pantry|
|St. Bernadette||3825 Don Felipe Dr.||Los Angeles, CA 90008||Feeds approximately 300 people per week through their homeless ministry. Currently filling requests to home bound and senior parishioners with basic food needs (20 – 28 requests per week).
In many cases they provide $50 gift cards to the local grocery store. In some cases they purchase and deliver.
|The Center at Blessed Sacrament Parish||6636 Selma Ave||Los Angeles, CA 90028||Is a 501c3 non-profit center dedicated to ending isolation and homelessness in Hollywood.
They offer interactive groups and activities on weekday mornings and participate in Los Angeles County’s Coordinated Entry System.
|Blessed Sacrament||6657 Sunset Blvd||Los Angeles, CA 90028||Supports a large number of extremely impoverished community members including many homeless. In recent weeks the food pantry has doubled in visitors needing nutritious nourishment.|
|St. Mary of the Assumption||7215 Newlin Ave||Whittier, CA 90602||Food Distribution on Saturday’s from 10am-12pm.
They are experiencing high food demand in their area. They will be using the funding to restock their food pantry and purchase food for families in need.
|St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care||1911 Zonal Ave||Los Angeles, CA 90033||Is providing gift food cards to homeless and families in need.|
|St. Jerome Catholic Church||5550 Thornburn St||Los Angeles, CA 90045||Applying on behalf of Food Pantry, LAX, a food pantry supported by St Jerome and serving the community of the parish including needy parish members. Application recommended by Johnny Albano, a member of St Jerome and also a member of the board of Food Pantry, LAX. The Covid-19 shutdown has dramatically increased the number of people seeking food at Food Pantry, LAX. Despite the shelter in place order and the risk to our volunteers, we have managed to stay open but we are being seriously strained by the increased demand.|
|Sacred Heart Church||344 W Workman St||Covina, CA 91723||Is restocking their food pantry. Providing meals to the elderly and homebound.|
|St Andrew Catholic Church||311 N Raymond Ave||Pasadena, CA 91103||St. Vincent de Paul food pantry open Saturday mornings|
|East San Gabriel Homeless Coalition – at St John Vianney Church||1345 Turnbull Canyon Rd||Hacienda Heights, CA 91745||They are currently providing hot meals to the homeless community and needed funds due to the loss of their main food supplier.|
|St Charles Borromeo Holy Family Service Center||10825 Moorpark St.||North Hollywood, CA 91602||Volunteers provide service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:45 am and also on Sundays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Those eligible receive free food, clothing, toiletries, books, toys, furniture, and other household items. Pregnant women are provided layettes and other available infant care items.|
|St. Frances of Rome||501 E Foothill Blvd||Azusa, CA 91702||Food pantry.|
|St. Mary||1600 E Ave R-4||Palmdale, CA 93550||Food pantry.|
|Holy Name of Mary (SVDP Chapter )||724 E Bonita Ave||San Dimas, California 91773|
|St. Linus||13915 Shoemaker Avenue||Norwalk, CA 90650||Food distributed as needed.|
Parishes Offering other type of Support:
|Parish Name||Parish Address||Parish City, State, Zip Code||Further Information|
|St. John the Baptist||3883 Baldwin Park Blvd||Baldwin Park, CA 91706||Is helping families with rental, utility and emergency aid assistance.|
|St. Sebastian||235 N 9th St||Santa Paula, CA 93060||Is using CCHD funds to help purchase diapers, wipes and formula for mothers in need.|
|St. Patrick||6160 Cartwright Ave||North Hollywood, CA 91606||Is helping families in need of rent, utility, and food assistance.|
|Our Lady Help of Christians||512 S Ave 20||Los Angeles, CA 90031||Is purchasing food and essential groceries for families in need.|
|Holy Family||1011 E L St||Wilmington, CA 90744||Is assisting families in need with food. Reaching out to the elderly and low income families.|
|Our Lady of the Assumption||3175 Telegraph Rd||Ventura, CA 93003||Provide funding for TAP (Transportation Assistance Program) providing assistance to individuals who are living in their vehicle. Expenditures include fuel, repairs and insurance as well as DMV expenses (if/when DMV is operating). Some of these items are needed to allow access to safe sleep locations.|
|Christ the King Parish||624 N Rossmore Ave||Los Angeles, CA 90004||Is using the funds to provide transportation via Uber gift card to assist a local community member in getting to her chemotherapy appointments.|