Hope for LA partners with organizations who meet a variety of needs throughout our city. See below for more information about our partners:

  • Alegria


    Alegria, run by the Salvation Army, provides a residential care facility and child development center for homeless families with special needs, including chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, in the neighborhood of Silver Lake. Alegria provides essential services in an environment where families can stay together without the stigma attached HIV/AIDS and are also qualified to handle individuals who are multi-diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, mental illness and substance abuse.

    Opportunities: We are currently recruiting for a HFLA Team Leader to organize and lead volunteer events at Alegria. Email the HFLA Manager listed below if you are interested in getting involved or helping us start a new volunteer team at this partner.

    Time: Various times available.

    Location: Silver Lake

    HFLA Team Leader: HFLA Manager


  • Claris Health


    Claris Health is a non-profit and community-based organization on a mission to equip and care for individuals and their families before, during, and after pregnancy and sexual-health choices. The word “Claris” means clarity or brightness, and that is exactly what Claris offers the community through medical care, counseling, education, and ongoing support. They provide low to no cost medical, mental health, education, parenting and support services to women, men, and families with children under the age of five. Claris Health operates out of the West L.A. and South L.A. communities.

    Opportunities: Clean the clinic’s ‘store,’ volunteer at special events throughout the year, assist Claris staff at a parenting class or provide administrative help.

    Time: Various times available.

    Location: West LA & Inglewood

    HFLA Team Leader: Erin


  • Compton Initiative





    The Compton Initiative partners with churches, businesses, and community residents to bring restoration and hope to the community of Compton. They do this through their quarterly work days, where hundreds of volunteers clean, paint, and garden at various sites in Compton, renewing homes, schools, churches, clinics, and other public spaces. The Compton Initiative is a 40 year commitment that includes a thousand acts of service that will assist in the transformation of the community of Compton.


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    Opportunities: Clean, paint, and garden

    Time: Quarterly (Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct) Saturdays, 7:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Compton

    HFLA Team Leader: Wilson


  • Downtown Women’s Center


    Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides over 50,000 meals, 71 permanent supportive housing apartments, and a wide array of health, education, and other supportive services to more than 2500 homeless and very low-income women each year. The Center offers a warm, friendly atmosphere that encourages homeless women to commit to their own betterment and healing process.

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    Opportunities: Cook and serve lunch to residents and drop-in guests

    Time: Monthly, 3rd Sundays, 9:30am-12:30pm

    Location: Downtown, 442 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

    HFLA Team Leader: Gina


  • Dream Catcher Foundation

    The Dream Catcher Foundation (DCF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic program that addresses the behavioral, emotional and educational needs of foster youth. DCF operates Group Homes and a mentoring program for girls ages 8 to 17 years old.

    Opportunities: Join monthly creative workshops to foster creativity and build relationships with the girls.

    Time: Monthly, Saturdays from 11am – 2pm

    Location: South LA

    HFLA Team Leader: Juliet


  • Elizabeth House


    Elizabeth House provides shelter and support to homeless pregnant women and their children, throughout pregnancy and beyond.

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    Opportunities: Fellowship, enjoy desserts, and pray with the ladies.

    Time: Monthly, 1st Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

    Location: Pasadena

    HFLA Team Leader: Carey


  • Faith In Christ Ministries


    Faith in Christ Ministries (FICM) is a church located in South Los Angeles. They are a ministry in the city, with a heart for the city. FICM desires to proclaim God’s word and serve the unbelieving, un-churched and oppressed in LA. They provide the community with food distributions, weekly sidewalk breakfasts and a variety of tutoring and Bible club ministries for children. 

    Opportunities: Volunteer with quarterly special events.

    Time: Various Times available.

    Location: South LA, 4501 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062

    HFLA Team Leader: Jin


  • Habitat for Humanity


    Los Angeles ranks as one of the least affordable housing areas in the U.S. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to making homeownership possible for low-income, hardworking families and individuals. Habitat for Humanity strives to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, sustainable and affordable housing a reality for all.




    Opportunities: Build houses or help sort inventory at Habitat's thrift store.

    Time: Quarterly Events, Saturdays

    Location: Various

    HFLA Team Leader: Alex


  • Harambee

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    Harambee Christian Family Center is dedicated to the development of indigenous leadership through a holistic ministry that seeks to address both physical and spiritual needs by emphasizing community engagement, academic advancement, and spiritual formation to cultivate a thriving urban neighborhood in a sustainable project of biblical hope. For over 30 years, Harambee has served a 12-block target area, working with African American and Latino children and families.

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    Opportunities: We currently do not have an open HFLA Team serving at Harambee. Email the HFLA Manager listed below if you are interested in getting involved or helping us start a new new volunteer team at this partner.

    Time: Various times available.

    Location: Pasadena

    HFLA Team Leader: HFLA Manager


  • HighWay Ministries

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    HighWay Ministries strives to serve its South LA community where many people struggle with such issues as poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, and often, hopelessness. They do so through Sunday breakfast and worship service, Wednesday Bible study and prayer service, and Saturday lunch and clothing giveaways. HighWay Ministries is committed to preaching the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ to the unsaved, to nurturing Christian growth among the saved, and to offering tangible help to those in need.

    Opportunities: Work at clothing giveaway

    Time: Monthly, 1st Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm

    Location: South LA

    HFLA Team Leader: Hope for LA Manager


  • Impacting Hearts

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    Impacting Hearts is an organization dedicated to building relationships and mentoring youth, especially in foster care. Los Angeles has the highest percentage of foster children in the nation. By the time a typical foster child is emancipated at age 18, he or she has lived in between 17-22 different foster homes. Then within a year of emancipating, one third of these kids are in jail and another third end up homeless. Impacting Hearts is committed to being involved in the lives of these foster children – to build trust, to show that they are cared for and to be a consistent friend through the challenging times of life.

    Opportunities: Play games, eat dinner, and befriend teens at Youth Club meetings

    Youth Club Locations:
    Torrance: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm (mentors are especially needed at this location)

    Inglewood: Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

    HFLA Team Leader: Michael


  • Loving the Wise – Santa Monica Convalescent Center


    Loving the Wise is a group that cares for the elderly by visiting seniors in the dementia ward at the Santa Monica Convalescent Center. The Santa Monica Convalescent Center creates a comfortable atmosphere for those who require special care in a skilled nursing home setting. Volunteers sing, do crafts, talk with and encourage the senior residents.

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    Opportunities: Love and encourage the elderly residents in the dementia ward

    Time: Weekly, Sundays, 3:00-4:00pm

    Location: Santa Monica 2250 29th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    HFLA Team Leader: Kathy


  • Oasis of Hollywood


    Oasis of Hollywood builds mentoring relationships to support healthy spiritual, academic, and emotional development in at-risk youth. The Oasis, a safe and positive alternative environment, offers a variety of programs where inner-city youth are encouraged and equipped to meet their goals and dreams and directed away from destructive lifestyles such as gangs and drugs.


    Opportunities: We are currently recruiting for a HFLA Team Leader to organize and lead volunteer events at Oasis of Hollywood. Email the HFLA Manager listed below if you are interested in getting involved or helping us start a new volunteer team at this partner.

    Time: Monthly, 1st Fridays, 7:30-10:00pm

    Location: Hollywood

    HFLA Team Leader: HFLA Manager


  • Optimist Youth Home


    Optimist Youth Home (for boys) provides comprehensive treatment, specialized education and support services to abused, neglected or formerly imprisoned youth and their families. In combining therapy, education and a nurturing residential living environment, they provide the specialized care, love and understanding needed. Through life skills training, they aim to help young men overcome the negative experiences of their youth in order to lead meaningful adult lives.

    Opportunities: Speak, lead music and befriend youth at a Christian chapel service

    Time: Twice a month: 3rd Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm, 4th Sundays, 6:30-8:00pm

    Location: Highland Park

    HFLA Team Leader: Bret


  • PATH Silver Lake


    PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) provides meals, transitional housing, referrals, education and employment assistance, health services and supportive social services. Founded in 1984, PATH’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by empowering homeless people with the tools for self-sufficiency. The PATH Los Angeles in Silver Lake features 98 beds of transitional housing for men, women, and families, and is also home to the PATHMall, a collaborative of nearly two dozen social service providers who provide a complete network of services all located under one roof.


    Opportunities: Cook and serve dinner for 100 residents

    Time: 2nd Saturdays, 2:00-7:30pm

    Location: Silver Lake PATH 340 N. Madison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004

    HFLA Team Leader: Garrett, Lindsay & Winnie


  • PATH West LA


    Historically, PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) West LA has been a transitional housing facility for residents, mainly needing employment assistance. Since early 2015, however, PATH West LA has refocused on a more chronic and vulnerable population – mainly veterans with mental and substance abuse issues. Today PATH West LA serves around 25 homeless veterans, by providing them with support, counseling, and help in securing permanent housing.


    Opportunities: Cook and serve meals for 30 residents

    Cook and Serve Dinner
    Monthly, 1st Saturdays, 4:30-7:00pm
    Contact Angela & Jesse

    Cook and Serve Dinner
    Monthly, 2nd Saturdays, 4:30-7:00pm
    Contact Abby & David

    Cook and Serve Breakfast
    Monthly, 4th Sundays, 6:00-8:30am
    Contact Chris

    Cook and Serve Dinner
    Monthly, 4th Saturdays, 4:30-6:30pm
    Contact Lillian


  • Peace4Kids


    Peace4Kids provides programs and services for foster and at-risk youth from ages 5-18, and after they transition to adulthood until age 24. Peace4Kids is dedicated to empowering foster and at-risk youth by providing community as family. They create a strong foundation through programs focused on creative expression and life skills, allowing kids to discover their unique voice and limitless potential for success.

    Opportunities: Mentor foster youth. Note: We currently do not have an open HFLA Team serving at Peace4Kids. Email the HFLA Manager listed below if you are interested in getting involved or helping us start a new new volunteer team at this partner.

    Time: Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm

    Location: Watts

    HFLA Team Leader: HFLA Manager


  • Reading to Kids


    Reading To Kids (RTK) is dedicated to inspiring underserved children through books and reading at monthly reading clubs. Since its inception in 1999, Reading to Kids has given more than 97,403 prize books to children and volunteers have spent over 112,542 hours reading to kids. Statistics show that 60% of low-income homes do not have age appropriate reading materials for children. So RTK donates books to kids, parents, teachers, and school libraries at the end of the Reading Clubs.

    Opportunities: Read to kids at Politi Elementary School (ONLINE SIGN-UP REQUIRED)

    Time: Monthly, 2nd Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm

    Location: Koreatown

    HFLA Team Leader: Susan


  • OPCC


    OPCC, formerly Santa Monica Homeless Shelter, is a transitional home for the homeless. OPCC was established in 1994 to provide homeless men and women an alternative to living on the streets and to help them obtain jobs and permanent housing. The program includes on-site case management, counseling, 12-step meetings, on-site clinician for crisis intervention and therapy, legal assistance, housing referrals and employment assistance. OPCC provides emergency and transitional housing for 70 homeless adults.

    Opportunities: Serve dinner, serve ice cream, spend time with residents

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    Monthly, 2nd Fridays, 7:30-9:30pm
    Contact Sarah

    Monthly, Last Fridays, 7:30-9:30pm
    Contact Ashton

    Location: 505 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401


  • San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission


    Established in 1998, the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission provides year round emergency shelter to homeless families in the valley. Currently, 50% of the guests who stay at the Mission are children 12 years of age and younger. The goal of the program is to develop a plan of restoration for each family, based on their needs for achieving personal growth, employment, housing, and public assistance.



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    Opportunities: Join a team of volunteers to serve dinner and build relationships with the residents at SFVRM. This team serves on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 5 - 7pm. For more information and to sign up, email the team leader listed below.

    Time: Monthly, 3rd Sundays, 5:00 - 7:00pm

    Location: 8756 Canby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91325

    HFLA Team Leader: HFLA Manager


  • Union Rescue Mission


    Union Rescue Mission (URM) provides shelter, food, and recovery programs for the people of Skid Row. URM is one of the largest missions of its kind in America, bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. URM was founded in 1891 and through the years, has continued and expanded its efforts to feed both the body and the soul, helping individuals and families break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.


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    Prepare and Serve Breakfast
    Every Other Week, Fridays, 5:30am - 8:30am
    Contact Sung

    Time: Every Other Week, Fridays, 5:30am - 8:30am

    Location: Downtown 545 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

    HFLA Team Leader: Sung


  • Zahn Memorial Center


    Zahn Memorial Center, run by the Salvation Army, is the only emergency family shelter downtown, serving homeless families in need.

    Opportunities: Hosting various family events throughout the year.

    Time: Various dates and times

    Location: Downtown LA

    HFLA Team Leader: Alex & Sharon