LCPC is committed to sending financial resources and volunteers to support a variety of local partners.
LCPC also partners with the Islamic Congregation of La Canada-Flintridge to build peace and understanding among Christians and Muslims at the community level. Read more about our partnership HERE.
Beacon Housing – Providing housing for mothers and children
Beacon Housing provides safe and affordable housing to homeless and working poor families. One of the facilities operated by Beacon Housing is Casa de Alegria, a transitional facility in Highland Park for homeless women and children who are fleeing domestic violence. Casa de Alegria is a three-story Craftsman home that serves nine families. Each resident is assigned a case manager that helps single mothers establish goals for achieving self-sufficiency. Residents may stay up to 24 months to complete their programs as long as they remain on a continuous, progressive path. Development of community among the women and children are highlights of the Beacon program.
More Info: Anne Soule, Advocate at LCPC for Beacon Housing
Bridges – Engaging People Outside the Church
Bridges helps ordinary Christians, leaders and congregations engage people who live outside existing church culture. Bridges nurtures and supports Bridge Leaders, people called to be the church in various, unconventional forms in their community. Bridge Leaders make new disciples, start new ministries, and form new communities of Jesus followers.
Brothers’ Helpers – Feeding the homeless and hungry in downtown LA
Brothers’ Helpers prepare packages, and serves between 250 and 400 hot, nutritious dinners every Monday through Friday evening to the poorest of the poor living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. La Canada Presbyterian Church partners with Brothers’ Helpers and three other local churches to provide to those in need. They are a 100% volunteer organization
Every Wednesday in LCPC Fellowship Hall Kitchen
Make and Serve Dinner for Homeless with Brothers’ Helpers Every Wednesday, volunteers at LCPC cook 300-400 dinners for homeless men and women, and then a team delivers and serves the food downtown. Join them any time. No experience necessary!
- Come between 2:45-5:30PM to cook and prepare food
- 5:30-6:30PM to package the food
- 6:30PM to go downtown to serve (returning by 8:30PM)
Child S.H.A.R.E. – Finding safe homes for foster children
For nearly a quarter of a century, Child S.H.A.R.E. has repeated the simple but effective process of finding homes for children placed in foster care. Child S.H.A.R.E. has found safe and loving homes for more than 2,700 children, building partnerships with more than 400 churches throughout Southern California. In addition, Child S.H.A.R.E. efforts nurture families, strengthen communities and prepare youth for a healthy, productive and prosperous life.
Door of Hope – Helping homeless families find housing
Door of Hope is a non-profit, faith-based outreach to homeless families with a mission to equip homeless families to rebuild their lives from homeless to self-sufficiency to permanent housing. Since 1985, they have been providing transitional housing and restoration programs especially designed for homeless families and children. Their goal is to see chronically homeless and troubled residents transformed into relationally strong and financially self-sufficient families, who then reintegrate into the community. They have two sites in Pasadena and one site for domestic violence victims at an undisclosed location.
- LCPC members and friends often bring dinner to residents at the Pasadena location. Volunteers arrive at 5:30 with dinner for about 40 people. You set up, pray with the families and share what you are grateful for, and then eat dinner with the families. It’s a great way to hear about their experience recovering from homelessness in an intimate and personal setting. If you have kids, bring them!Fulfill a Family’s Christmas Wish List: At Christmas time, families from Door of Hope make a wish list of things their children would like. Volunteers take the wish list, purchase items on behalf of Door of Hope parents, and deliver them to Door of Hope. On Christmas morning, the kids get to open these gifts!
Elizabeth House – Helping pregnant moms in crisis
Elizabeth House is a Christ-centered non-profit shelter program for homeless pregnant women with small children. Located in Pasadena, they provide a safe home, support, and hope for women who find themselves pregnant and in a time of crisis. Their commitment to these women is ongoing after child birth. They offer Alumni support services to promote self-sufficiency and overall healing for each family.
Women from LCPC throw baby showers for each woman coming through Elizabeth House. You can join them by purchasing a gift, providing food, or attending the shower.
You can also serve one-on-one as a mentor which includes training and guidance by Elizabeth House staff.
Debbie Unruh, Executive Director
760 Santa Barbara St, Pasadena
Harambee Ministries – Providing a safe place for kids to learn
Harambee Christian Family Life Center and Preparatory School were founded in 1983 to provide a safe place for children to go after school, where they would receive Christian training, academic support and supervised recreation in northwest Pasadena.
Schedule a work day and provide a great service for this organization! Projects range from helping with their community garden to kitchen clean up to light repairs.
Attend one of their open houses. You can bring refreshments for the party, meet families of northwest Pasadena, and see the kids perform scripture, dance, and poetry.
Hire The PUSH Catering by Harambee for one of your parties – amazing bbq, delicious desserts, and everything in between.
Hope Gardens, a project of Union Rescue Mission – Providing transitional housing for women and children
URM is dedicated to serving men, women and children experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles. They provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services to our guests, including: food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children, and families. Through URM, LCPC supports Hope Gardens which provides housing and healthy food to women and children in Sylmar.
Any lunch (10:30am-1pm) or dinner (4:30-7pm), you can serve meals to the homeless downtown. Sign up to bring a group down, and show up with no experience necessary. Kitchen staff (many of whom graduated from URM) will help show you the ropes.
More Info: urm.org
LCPC Veterans Ministry – Helping Veterans at Pasadena City College and Beyond
LCPC Veterans Ministry provides tutoring, school supplies, friendship, and other supportive services to veterans attending Pasadena City College.
Tutors are needed to meet with students on a regular basis.
Bill Goldmann, coordinator of LCPC Veterans Ministry
Oasis of Hollywood – Supporting a safe place for at-risk teens in Hollywood
Oasis of Hollywood provides outreach and a safe space to at-risk children and teens. Oasis of Hollywood’s mission is to build mentoring relationships to support healthy development spiritually, academically, emotionally, and in life skills. 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.
The Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving, volunteers from LCPC help pack Thanksgiving baskets for families with children involved at Oasis.
Any Friday night, you can make a snack or light meal for about 80 kids and serve it at Oasis. It’s a great way to hang out with these at-risk youth and see what God is doing.
1725 Ivar Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-469-3027 ext. 108
Olive View Hospital – Help provide care for cancer patients
Olive View Hospital is located at the north end of the San Fernando Valley. The facility is a 377-bed hospital built in May 1987 which serves the needs of low income and indigent patients as well as the surrounding middle class community.
Volunteers from LCPC are involved in providing refreshments and gifts at Christmas time to patients and their families.
Claudia Zentmeyer, Chaplain at Olive View and LCPC Advocate for the ministry
STARS Tutoring – Helping tutor at-risk youth
STARS Tutoring, a ministry of Lake Avenue Community Foundation, provides after school programming for children in Pasadena through the STARS tutoring program. They give students an opportunity to rise above the challenges of their environment to become college-educated, responsible citizens of our community. By providing academic support, enrichment opportunities and family-strengthening activities, and by encouraging growing and accountable relationships with positive adult role models (tutors), they provide an environment where students are challenged to grow towards becoming that which God intended them to be.
Mentors Needed: Make a lasting difference in a young person’s life and help develop their God-given potential. STARS will train and support you in the journey that requires about 1 hour per week.
Tutors Needed: Help students with homework, encourage and motivate them, and grow together as you meet on a weekly basis for one hour per week.
Union Station Homeless Services – Feeding & assisting homeless in Pasadena
Union Station began ministering to the homeless in 1973 on Pasadena’s Union Street. Their goal is to help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. Union Station Homeless Services operates five programs, providing a full array of services to help our homeless community members become stable and self-sufficient. The gifts requested meet the most basic needs of human existence and help rebuild broken lives.
The senior and junior high youth groups serve dinner once/month and are always looking for volunteers to help.
More Info: unionstationhs.org
Walter Hoving Home – Providing housing and healing for recovering women
Walter Hoving Home provides housing and healing for women recovering from addictions and prostitution. They are a Christ-centered rehabilitation program serving women 18 years and older who have been involved in drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution and other life-controlling problems. To each desperate young woman, they have extended an invitation to come home to a place of hope and healing. It is an invitation that has led to dramatically changed lives and hope-filled futures for hundreds of women.
You can bring lunch or dinner to the women at Walter Hoving Home any day of the week for about 70 people, and then eat with the women. You will hear wonderful stories over a meal, and if you request it, some women can share testimonies and their gospel choir will sing a few songs for you.