I Need Help!

Below are resources for homelessness, poverty, grief, mental illness, addiction, Christian therapy, domestic violence, trafficking, veterans, seniors, and at-risk youth.

But first, the answer to your greatest need is Jesus. So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

GOD The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!


MANKIND When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

JESUS CHRIST The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

OUR RESPONSE What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!

Adapted from Greg Gilbert’s, "What Is the Gospel?"

**If you'd like to know more about being in right relationship with God, email Pastor Wes at wes@bridgesouthbay.com.**

  • homeless services


    If this is for someone else who is homeless, you can request an outreach team to visit the individual by calling 211, or make a request at www.la-hop.org.


    Housing, food, domestic violence, transportation, health care, mental health, crisis services, substance use disorder, income and employment, legal assistance, children and families, seniors, veterans, and re-entry for formerly incarcerated.



    Hotline (213) 225-6581 - Monday through Friday, 7:30a to 4:30p

    Client Walk-In Support - Monday through Friday, 10a-12p, 1-3p

    811 Wilshire Blvd, 6th Floor, LA, CA 90017 (near the 7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon stop, a hub for the Blue, Red and Purple lines)

    Direct emergency services and transportation, Referrals to homeless family, adult, and youth shelters, and Outreach services

    1736 Family Crisis Center

    (310) 379-3620 - 24 Hour Homeless Hotline for LA, South Bay, and Long Beach



    Year Round Emergency Shelter

    (800) 548-6047 / TTY: (800) 660-4026





    (800) 548-6047

    Overnight shelter, meals, showers, and case management services. If you need emergency shelter, you can get free transportation to and from the shelters by going to any of the pick-up locations for a shelter below.





    Personalized LA County and California Program Options (Medi-Cal, Denti-Cal, Cal Fresh, etc.)


    County Job Hotline

    (800) 970-5478, TTY/TDD: (800) 899-4099

    Job Information / Employment Services (213) 738-2084

    Makes available public information about job openings in the County and in other public and private agencies which provide job announcements. 


    LA Metro 323-466-3876

    Torrance Transit 310-618-6266

    Beach Cities Transit 310-937-6660

    Gardena Transit 310-965-8888

    Lennox Link 626-458-5914

  • Grief Share

    Are you grieving the passing of a loved one? Grief Share is a biblically centered support group designed to help walk you through this difficult time. 

    Find a group near you: https://www.griefshare.org/findagroup

  • Lloyd Hamner // Therapist, MA, LMFT

    I have learned that healing comes when we face the pain rather than avoid it. Facing the pain with a trained therapist who is trusted allows us to feel safer, knowing we that are not alone. Sometimes things feel worse before they feel better. But they do get better, as together we follow your pathway of healing. Part of my role is to help you discover that pathway of healing.

    "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

    My areas of specialty include: relationship counseling (couple communication, marital, pre-marital, and family), individual counseling (depression, anxiety, and a wide range of individual issues), transforming anger and conflict reduction, treating trauma (PTSD) using Somatic Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), grief and loss, men's issues, performance and creativity enhancement (for athletes, actors, speakers, and writers, inner healing prayer, and business leader mentoring (aligning your life and business with biblical values).

    Phone: (818) 521-5446

    7120 Hayvenhurst #118
    Van Nuys, Ca 91406

    429 Richmond Street
    El Segundo, Ca 90245

    My specialization has been helping women overcome issues that are common among them. These particular areas include overcoming anxiety, panic attacks, self criticism, perfectionism, setting boundaries, relationship conflicts, co-dependency, grief and life transitions. My goal is to provide a safe and accepting environment that will help women break free from their current struggles to gain a life of healing and hope.

    Since completing my undergraduate work at UCLA and graduate studies at Azusa Pacific University, I have worked with women in various settings ranging from groups, individually, seminars and in churches.

    Making the step to go to counseling is a move toward taking care of yourself and finding healing. This requires courage, but it is a journey well worth the commitment. I look forward to the opportunity of supporting you and offering hope.

    (310) 678-2557

    2100 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 34

    Manhattan Beach, Ca 90266

  • More mental health options

    New Life Christian Counseling



    A struggle, relationship issue, painful past, addiction, etc.

    Exodus Recovery, Inc.

    24 Hour / Walk-In Program

    11444 W Washington Blvd, Suite D, Los Angeles, CA 90066-6024


    The Exodus Recovery 24-Hour Mental Health Urgent Care Center (UCC) is a welcoming environment where individuals in crisis can be assessed for stabilization services, medication evaluation and management, or hospitalization if necessary. Depending on the needs of the client, our interdisciplinary treatment team is prepared to offer a full spectrum of psychiatric treatment services, including linkage to crisis housing, shelter beds, sober living, community based outpatient program services and inpatient treatment for mental health or substance abuse. The Urgent Care Center is LPS designated which allows our staff to evaluate and involuntarily detain those individuals determined to be a danger to themselves or others or gravely disabled. These clients will receive comprehensive mental health services for up to 23 hours while enrolled at the UCC.

    Suicide Prevention Crisis Line

    (877) 727-4747 or (800) 273-8255

    ACCESS Hotline


    Mental health-related emergencies and non-emergencies assistance

  • addiction rehab

    Christian Rehab Network (drug and alcohol rehab centers - any income level)


    When you or a loved one is caught in the grips of addiction, seeking care can often be met with discouraging news, as most quality treatment facilities for drug and alcohol addiction are expensive, making care impossible to attain for some individuals. Christian Rehab Network wants to ensure that every person seeking treatment finds a facility to take them safely through a supervised detox if necessary, a rehabilitation center where they can receive treatment catered to their specific needs, and if need be, integrated mental health services can be included as well. 

    Harbor Rock Recovery


    South Bay Christian recovery services

    Dream Center


    In this one-year program, men and women (ages 18-59) are offered education and spiritual training with the aim of returning as productive members of their communities. 

    Clare Foundation (men and women)

    866 452 5273


    Admissions Office: 1002 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Complete addiction treatment and rehabilitation

    Shawl House (women)

    SHAWL provides a safe and supportive 3-month residential program for women who are beginning their journey of recovery from addiction. SHAWL provides the structure and support in a warm and nurturing residential setting.

    (310) 521-9310

    936 S. Centre St., San Pedro, CA 90731

    Hoving Home (women)


    For Pasadena, California – call toll free 1 (888) 4-Hoving or (626) 405-0950 to begin the Intake process. Remember we want to help you so be honest as you can with us during the 10 minute phone interview. After that conversation, we will be able to assess your needs and help you! While you are in this program, you are going to find yourself challenged in many areas of your life, as you take responsibility as part of the Hoving Home Family, and as you begin to read God’s Word. Through our family and Christ’s example, you will discover many wonderful and exciting principles that will help you to live a productive life in Christ. We will provide you with an atmosphere of love and support in which you will be able to learn about God and get to know Him intimately. We are committed to serving you, teaching you, and helping you to find strength and love in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Please feel free to share your hurts, needs and concerns with us, because we are here for you. We will become like a family to you!

    The Bible Tabernacle (men)


    16301 Sierra Hwy | Santa Clarita, CA 91351


    Canyon Country (an 11-acre ranch away from the city) uses a Biblical approach to rehabilitation. By offering spiritual guidance based on the Word of God, guest residents prepare to re-enter the working and social environment with confidence. Guest residents read the Bible every morning, attend Bible studies every evening and receive spiritual guidance on a daily basis. They work in departments ranging from the front office to kitchen to landscaping in preparation for the day they leave the ministry. Many opportunities are provided to learn the skills required to become productive members of society.

    Cri-Help (24-hr. drug rehab ref) 

    (818) 985-8323

    Alcohol/Drug Help Line

    (800) 229-7708

  • Porn addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome, but XXXchurch is your online resource to fight porn addiction. We prevail through awareness, prevention, and recovery. This ministry offers online and local support groups. 

  • sex work / trafficking

    The Dream Center’s Human Trafficking Rescue Program

    A unique six-month program designed to provide physical, spiritual, and emotional care and support to female victims of domestic sex trafficking, in order for them to experience and achieve life stability and restoration. This program focuses on helping residents rebuild their lives and dreams in a family environment of love, hope and safety, and to teach what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ throughout this process of recovery and healing.

    Hotline: (877) 632-7234

    Email: ht@dreamcenter.org

  • Veteran Services

    Los Angeles Vet Center

    1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite 150

    Gardena, CA 90247

    310-767-1221 or 877-927-8387

    National Center for PTSD Crisis Hotline

    1-800-273-8255 (press 1)


    Directory of National Veterans Service Organizations


    National Vets Foundation

    (888) 777-4443

    1736 Crisis Center - Veterans Outreach

    (866) 249-2557

    LA Vets Center

    (310) 767-1221

    1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., #150, Gardena

    Veteran Resources



    Dream Center

    (213) 273-7008


    The Dream Center Veterans Program is a one-year residential program designed to help equip military veterans with the spiritual, practical, and foundational skills needed to transition back into civilian life. We provide individual assistance to each veteran, while focusing on the spiritual principles and life skills needed to make a positive impact in their own life as well as those around them. In collaboration with local organizations, volunteers, and the Dream Center community, our goal is to help veterans develop positive social skills, find employment resources, continue in education, learn to utilize veterans’ benefits, and grow in a like-minded environment. Program participants will get to serve their communities, creating meaningful and lasting relationships, learn new practical skills, and help to discover God’s own purpose for their life.

  • seniors


    310-831-9123; 424-276-3602

    670 W. 9th St., San Pedro, CA

    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Walk-ins accepted, no appointment necessary

    HOPE-(Having Opportunities and Producing Excellence) for seniors program serves clients who are 55 and over. They receive monthly groceries and hygiene products. Groceries may be delivered to those that are homebound. Transportation is also provided to and from Harbor Interfaith for those requiring assistance. 

    Hawthorne Senior Center


    390 El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne

    Inglewood Senior Center


    330 Centinela Avenue, Inglewood

    Adult Protective Services


    Hotline 1-800-992-1660

    Elder Abuse Hotline

    (800) 992-1660

    Salvation Army Adult Daycare

    Torrance: 310-370-4515 4223

    Resources for Seniors


    Assisted Living


  • Domestic violence

    Create a Safety Plan


    Jenesse Center

    24/7 Hotline 1-800-479-7328

    Good Shepherd Shelter


    This program provides an on-site school, therapy, and legal advocacy, and apartment units for battered women and their children.

    1736 Family Crisis Center

    (310) 379-3620

    The People Concern

    24/7 Hotline (310) 264-6644

    Long Beach Rescue Mission

    (562) 591-1292

    Women and children - nearby safehouse - need a reference from Multiservice Center



    Accepts homeless & abused women w/ children, must be eligible to work. Women must go through a 3-day interview process, which begins with the initial phone call. 6 month stay in Riverside

    Domestic Violence Hotline

    1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

    Battered Women / Domestic Violence

    (800) 548-2722 (Bi-Ling) or (800) 978-3600

  • At-risk youth

    Children of the Night (prostitution)

    (800) 551-1300

    Harbor Interfaith - Homeless Transitional Age Youth in the South Bay and Long Beach


    Covenant House - ages 18-24


    1325 N. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027

    CHC’s Safe Haven shelter immediately provides for youths’ basic human needs and urgent medical care. Young people receive a nutritious meal, take a shower with new personal care products, receive new clothes, and sleep in a warm, safe bed. Young people may also participate in our transitional housing program, Rights of Passage, our Supportive Apartments Program and Rapid-Rehousing. Our programs and services are designed to advance youths’ physical, emotional, educational, vocational, and spiritual well-being in order to provide them with the best chance for success in independence. All our programs and services are free of charge.

    Dream Center (EMANCIPATED YOUTH - ages 18-23)

    (213) 273-7174


    Daniel’s Places – ages 16-28

    1619 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

    (310) 392-5855

    Angel’s Flight – At Risk Youth Services

    357 South Westlake Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90057

    (800) 833-2499 / (213) 413-2311

    California Youth Crisis Line

    (800) 843-5200

    National Runaway Hotlines

    (800) 621-4000

    Child Abuse Hotline and Reporting

    (800) 540-4000

    Resources for Youth


  • Homeless pregnancy

    Harvest Home

    (310) 452-1223

    Casa de Los Angelitos

    (310) 325-8208

    New Life Beginnings


    835 E 6th St., Long Beach

    Long-term shelter for pregnant women, structured, Christian based environment, trains mothers to live a self-sufficient life.

    Safely Surrender Baby Hotline

    (877) 222-9723


    St. Margaret’s Community Services Center

    (310) 672-2208

    10217 S. Inglewood Avenue, Lennox, CA 90304

    Serving Inglewood, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale and Gardena

    Meals, groceries, counseling, housing search, personal/grooming supplies, SSI applications, telephone facilities, temporary mailing address, and many other homeless resources


    House of Yahweh (no housing)

    4046 Marine Avenue, Lawndale, CA 90260-1842


    Emergency food once a month

    Call 310-675-1384 9-10am. 

    The first 10 callers are accepted and can come to HOY that day between 2-3pm. If a lot of surplus food exists then additional clients (above 10) are accepted. 

    $2 suggested donation; picture ID required

    Clothing (pick an outfit once a month)

    Men: Tuesdays 12-12:45pm

    Women: Wednesdays 10am-4pm

    Also, temporary mail facilities, personal and business telephone use, and information and referral to other services.


    Harbor Interfaith - Resource Center


    310-831-9123; 424-276-3602

    670 W. 9th St., San Pedro, CA

    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Walk-ins accepted, no appointment necessary

    Three-day supply of groceries, clothing, personal hygiene items; shampoo, deodorant, diapers, toothbrush and toothpaste. apply and renew CalFresh benefits; Case Advocates work one-on-one with clients to provide guidance and referrals for housing, job placement, public benefits, medical services, counseling and other support services including one-time rental assistance and help with utility cost. Quarterly health and vision exams, help applying for public benefits (including Medical and Medicare), providing assistance with finding housing and employment. 

    For Family Shelter placement (maximum stay: 90 days) - 310-831-5729. 

    For family permanent housing - 310-831-0589


    Beacon of Light Mission (men)


    525 Broad Ave., Wilmington

    Call 8:45pm the night before to check bed availability; If available, check-in is 6am the next day (breakfast and showers with a bed)

    Dinner served if you attend chapel

    Showers and clothing Monday-Thursday


    Doors of Hope (women)

    (310) 518-3667

    529 Broad Avenue, Wilmington, CA 90744

    Nightly Chapel Service and dinner

    Shower, clothes, and hygiene items every Monday and Thursday at 8:30am

    Mail Service

    Referrals to local agencies

    Beds: up to a 14 night stay with a daily light breakfast (First come first serve. Intake begins at 9am Monday through Saturday and 10am on Wednesdays when the front door opens.)


    St. Joseph Center’s Homeless Service Center

    404 Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA 90291

    Doors open at 7:30am and clients may not line up before 7:00am. 

    After completing orientation, individuals can access basic services such as meals at Bread and Roses Café, while working on long-term housing solutions.


    The Bible Tabernacle (women with children)

    1761 Washington Way | Venice, CA 90291


    The Bible Tabernacle in Venice, California is designed to house women with children. We can currently house over 60 people. We provide food, clothing and shelter for our guests, all free of charge. The primary goal of the ministry is empowerment through the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and a relationship with Christ which impacts every dimension of life.

    Step Up

    Potential members can come in for an initial screening between 8:30am – 1:00pm Monday – Thursday to Step Up On Second at 1328 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. After the screening you will receive an appointment for an intake. The only documentation that is needed is the proof of diagnosis.

    After completion of intake appointment, the potential member becomes a provisional member for 30 days, with access to all general services: meals, groups, showers, laundry, referrals, and support. After the 30 day provisional membership, members can request additional services,


    The People Concern

    (310) 450-4050

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9-5, Tuesday 1-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-12pm

    The Access Center in downtown Santa Monica serves as a safe space open daily for these vulnerable individuals to use. It is the point of entry for program participants. Services such as daily sack lunches and other meal programs, referrals to interim housing, community resources, a mail and message service, case management, emergency services and benefits assistance. Additional services include: SHWASHLOCK: A shower, laundry, and locker program designed to provide program participants with the ability to maintain their hygiene. Also, an onsite medical suite in partnership with Venice Family Clinic provides much needed medical care to program participants Monday – Friday.


    Union Rescue Mission (men, women, and children)

    (213) 347-6300

    545 San Pedro St, Los Angeles

    Our day rooms provide shelter and rest from the streets. Guests can sign up for beds, eat three meals a day, take showers, get haircuts, pick out fresh clothes, and receive medical care. Counseling from our staff is also available to discuss options regarding our recovery programs or other service providers in the area.

    Men need to arrive by 5pm with an ID (sex offenders will not be accepted)

    Women and children are accepted 24/7

    Good Shepherd Center (women and children)

    (213) 235-1460

    Our residents are committed to achieving the ultimate objectives of securing permanent housing and employment. 

    LA Mission (Men)

    303 East 5th Street, 90013


    Drug/alcohol rehab


    Monday-Friday 8am-3pm, 4:30pm-7pm

    Saturday 8am-11am, 4:30pm-7pm

    Sunday - bed tickets only

    Shower tickets issued at 10am - showers at 12pm

    Clothing provided

    Bed tickets (1st come 1st serve; ID required):

    3 meals per day; 15 day stay

    LA Mission - Anne Douglas Center (women)

    1-year comprehensive program


    Dream Center (homeless families - not on skid row)

    (213) 273-7051


    We provide more than just food, showers, clean clothes, and a safe place to stay for six months. Additionally, a case manager is assigned, and mentors each family guiding them on the path towards independent living and permanent housing. Other resources are also available, including classes and tutoring for GED, money management courses, mentorship, and even vocational training.


    Christian Outreach in Action

    515 E. Third Street, Long Beach

    (562) 432-1440

    Public Breakfast/Dinner

    Breakfast: Everyday 7-8 am

    Dinner: Monday-Friday at 5pm

    Food Bank on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm (pet food provided)

    Clothing/Diaper Bank: Fridays 9am-12pm

    Legal Clinic: Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30pm

    Men’s program: volunteer for 1 month before being admitted to room/board

    Long Beach Rescue Mission (men)

    (562) 591-1292

    1335 Pacific Ave., Long Beach

    Public lunch Monday-Thursday 11am-12pm

    Public dinner Monday-Thursday 5pm

    Waitlist for two programs:

    90-day bed 5pm-7am, three meals

    1 year 24/7, meals, showers, job training, counseling, bible study, education, work therapy, rehab

  • God's Word, His character, His will and ways are so amazing, how will we ever be able to fully understand them? It is a journey. These Session teachings can be a part of that journey revealing how we can become more like our Father, removing obstacles on our way to that goal. 

    Email us for more information!