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Abuse Hotline
24 Hr.
Deals with domestic violence between intimate partners, primarily women and children.  Have 21 shelters in L.A. County for women and children.

Adult Protective Services
2707 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020 M-F, 8-5
Area Agency on Aging provides information to seniors 65 yrs. + and disabled 18 yrs. + on non-facility abuse. Serves L.A. County.  For 24 hr emergency service call 877-477-3646.

America's Voices for the Dying
Partnership for Caring
1620 Eye St. N.W. Suite 1202
Washington, DC 20006 
Provides information to the public and professionals on issues dealing with end-of-life cri-sis.  Their goal is to improve the quality of care for dying people and offer support for their relatives and friends.  Counseling and educational services provided.

American Assn. of Retired Persons (AARP)
1318 Cravens Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501 
Chapter meets 2nd Sunday of each month at Bartlett Senior Citizens Center at 2:00 p.m.

Area Agency on Aging, L.A. County
3333 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90010 M-F, 8-5
Information and assistance.  Links seniors, family, government agencies, and organiza-tions to needed resources in Los Angeles County.  They can also advocate for seniors in some circumstances.

Asian Community Service Center
14112 S. Kingsley Dr.
Gardena, CA 90249 M-F, 8-5
Information and referral agency for health and welfare. Also provides a food pantry once a month for low income individuals.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
650 Harrison St., 2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94107 M-F, 9-5

Advocates on behalf of nursing home residents and provides consumer information and pre-placement counseling on 1400 nursing homes in the state. Provides legal referrals in areas and residents' rights violations, Medi-Cal, conservatorship, estate planning for long term care, wills, trusts, and durable powers of attorney.  Website:

Congress of California Seniors
255 S. Hill St., Suite 327
Los Angeles, CA 90012 M-F, 8-1
Coalition works on issues such as health care, Social Security, housing, taxes, education, and pensions.

Consumer Affairs - L.A. County
24340 S. Narbonne Ave.
Lomita, CA 90717 Tu and Th, 8:30-4:30
Assists with consumer complaints and tenant-landlord problems.  Main office for urgent issues call:  213 974 1452.  Also provides assistance with small claims applications at the L.A. County Bldg. at 3221 Torrance Blvd. (behind Torrance Main Library) on Thursdays, 9-4:30 pm.

Eldercare Locator
927 - 15th NW, 6th floor
Washington, DC 20005 M-F, 6 am-5 pm
Referrals to local and state organizations for information on community services for the elderly 60 yrs.+ anywhere in the country.

Grandparents as Parents
P.O. Box 964
Lakewood, CA 90714 
Psychological, emotional, and peer group support for grandparents who are primary care-givers of their grandchildren, as well as grandparents who have difficulty getting access to their grandchildren.  Weekly meetings at various locations. 

HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling)
520 Lafayette Park Pl., #214
Los Angeles, CA 90057 M-F, 9-4
Health Insurance counseling, advice on HMO's, medical claims, compare private medical and supplemental plans.  By appointment at the Torrance Bartlett Senior Citizens Center. Hours:  Tuesday, 9-12.  For appointment call 310-320-5918.  Also at Torrance Memorial Hospital, ADVANTAGE Program, 310-517-4666.

Jewish Family Services
23430 Hawthorne Blvd. Bldg #3, Suite 125
Torrance, CA 90505 M-Th, 9-9
General counseling and case management care coordination for the aging and their fami-lies.  Provides information and referral and "Relatives as Parents" program.  All services are by appointment only,

Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center
3715 McClintock Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90089 M-F, 8:30-5:00
Information and referral for caregivers of people with adult onset brain impairment.       Offers support groups, legal and financial consultation, educational workshops, and assis-tance with respite care. 

Lumetra (formerly CMRI)
One Sansome, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104 M-F, 9-4
A non-profit organization funded by Medicare to oversee the health care that beneficiaries receive.  They review hospital discharge notices as well as quality of care complaints.  For Medicare recipients.  Serves all of California.

Mobile Home Ombudsman
Housing/Community Development
P.O. Box 31
Sacramento, CA 95812 
Complaints about dealers, sales agents, warranties, residency laws, and mobile home parks.

National Association for Continence
P.O. Box 8310
Spartansburg, NC. 29305-8310 M-F, 9-5 EST
Resource guide for sufferers of incontinence.  Provides advocacy and support to the public and health professionals.   No eligibility requirements.  Serves U.S.A.

Rainbow Services
24 Hr
Battered women services including legal advocacy, children counseling, support groups, and shelter emergencies.  Bilingual (Spanish).

Salvation Army His House Family Services
20830 S. Vermont Ave.
Torrance, CA 90502 
Social service ministry that provides brown bag lunches, homeless meals, groceries, rental assistance, clothing vouchers, and referrals to shelters.  Call early morning for best results. NOTE:  Workday starts at 5:30 a.m. 

Share (Self-Help & Recovery Exchange)
6666 Green Valley Circle
Culver City, CA 90230
Clearinghouse with a database listing hundreds of support groups and self-help meetings per week in L.A. County.

South Bay Senior Services
3246 W. Sepulveda Blvd., # 209
Torrance, CA 90503 M-F, 8-5
Information and referral for South Bay seniors, assistance with health questions, on-site case management, finances, and Tele-care program for homebound seniors.

The Gathering Place
514 N. Prospect Ave., #115
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 M-F, 9-5
Bereavement support groups for children, teens, and adults.  Offers educational materials, discussion groups for those experiencing a loss either through death of a loved one or a life- changing event.  Provides referrals to other community programs.

The Utility Reform Network (T.U.R.N.)
711 Van Ness Ave., # 350
San Francisco, CA 94102 
Gives information on your rights as a California residential energy and natural gas con-sumer, explanation of electricity deregulation, and telecommunications information.

The Wellness Community
Pier Plaza
109 W. Torrance Blvd., Suite 100 
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 M-F, 9-6
A free program offering a wide range of support groups and educational programs for cancer patients and their loved ones.  No charge for any services or programs.  Serves South Bay cities.

Victim-Witness Assistance Program
1000 W. Carson St.
Box 460, Trailer N-26
Torrance, CA 90509 M-F, 8-4:30
Crisis intervention, counseling, court escort/support services, case status/disposition, property return, restraining orders, emergency financial assistance, and emergency legal assistance referral.  Assist victims to apply for State program.  Main focus is elder abuse.

Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL)
12901 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066 M-F, 9-5
Bilingual counseling, case management, information and referrals for disabled and eld-erly.  Benefits advocate, David Serbin, is at the Torrance Bartlett Senior Center every Thurs., 9-4.  For appointment call (310) 320-5918.  Services on a sliding scale.

WISE -Long Term Care Ombudsman
5510 Clark Ave., Ste. 214
Lakewood, CA 90712 M-F, 8:30-5
Long term care ombudsman program designed to help protect and ensure the quality of care of seniors living in skilled nursing and residential care facilities.  They educate resi-dents and their families about their rights in these facilities and help resolve complaints and address issues.