Health & Wholeness


Hearts to Serve

Hearts to Serve, a hotline to support all of those in need
855-423-6780 from 8 am to 5 pm daily
Want to volunteer? Click here!

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 Servea hotline in support of all 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 5 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.

Food banks, WIC, and Other Food Resources

Food Bank lists organized by SPA provided by CHIRP/LA: See attached. Those that are in the San Gabriel Valley (SPA 3) are on pages 3-4: Food Bank Guide CHIRP

WIC has temporarily expanded the foods that families can buy with their WIC card. Find the expanded list of foods in the California WIC App, as well as on the CDPH website. See the attached Word doc and more info here.

Stronger Families Blog’s COVID-19 resources post has a section on Benefits: Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, Unemployment, WIC and Food Resources.

First 5 LA’s page of family food resources

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)’s resources can help you help families:

Mental Health

Mental Health Mondays

Every Monday from 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Mental Health Mondays are an opportunity to assist each other in Getting Through the Storm and Overcoming Life’s Challenges, to be enCOURAGEd in the tough times, and to discuss healthy coping and/or share about what we are doing to deal with the strains/stressors, hardship, and new realities we’ve endured. 

Register at Bit.ly/MentalHealthMon

Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health

We’re all going through the current crisis together. To help you weather this storm, Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health have partnered to provide support and resources during this challenging time.

Sign up to access meditations, as well as sleep and movement exercises, designed to help you care for your mind — all free through 2020.

Click here for more information and resources.

WE RISE 2020

WE RISE is a movement of young people and their allies that seeks to help remove barriers to mental health treatment and to transform the mental health care system. Created by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), WE RISE is an event that activates youth ages 14 – 24 around mental health through performances, visual art, conversations, and hands on workshops—transforming talk about mental health into action.

WE RISE 2020: Virtual May is a month-long spotlight on wellbeing and healing through art, music and creative expression to help the entire Los Angeles County community. We are stronger together. And, together, we are building a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging, connection, meaning and purpose. This is a safe space where all are welcome.

This May, you’ll find opportunities for creativity, conversation and connection even while we remain physically apart. Let’s look to hope and recovery during Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s rise together.

Click here for more information and resources.

LA County Department of Mental Health Resources:

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. News and updates about COVID-19 may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration and depression—even when your risk of getting sick is low. During an infectious disease outbreak, please take the time to care for your own physical and mental health, and please reach out to others in kindness and compassion.

Click here for more information and resources.

Daily Life and Coping: Tips from the CDC

Ways to cope with stress

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body.
– Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Exercise regularlyget plenty of sleep.
– Avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Click here for more information and resources.

Faith & Education

Catholic Communication Collaboration; Office of Life, Justice, and Peace; and the Operations Department:  “Catholic Social Teaching and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” Free Online Course has Been Updated and is Now Available


The Catholic Communication Collaboration is leading the use of online courses for our schools and parishes.  One of the first courses, “Catholic Social Teaching and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” was updated in March 2020.  Given the presidential election in November, it includes the bishops’ latest version (November 2019) of their document encouraging voters to educate themselves about Catholic Social Teaching as they prepare to vote.  This course also includes links to state and national Catholic conferences on additional voter information, as well as numerous episcopal and papal documents that contribute to the history of Catholic Social Teaching.  The link to the course, “Catholic Social Teaching and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” is via shortcut at:

http://archla.org/faithfulcitizenship

or directly at:

https://moodle.la-archdiocese.org/course/view.php?id=12

The login section on the left-hand side of the screen has fields for username and password; ignore those and do not fill in anything.  Just click on the “Login as a guest” button on the right-hand side.  That takes you to the Terms of Use.  Once you agree to them, you are directed into the course.

To navigate while in the course, there are “breadcrumbs” on the top of each page, a navigation path showing how you got to the point you are at.  It starts with “Home – Courses – Life, Justice and Peace – Faithful Citizenship” and then goes into the topic you are currently in.  You just need to click on the words “Faithful Citizenship” when you complete (or want to leave) a topic and return to the main page.  Topics need not be accessed sequentially; you can skip around.

Within each topic, there may be multiple pages.  They can be seen on the left-hand panel, entitled “Table of Contents.”  You can click on the desired item.  You need not go in order; you can skip around.

For any questions or comments, please contact the course creator, Ms. Eileen E. O’Brien of the Operations Department, at 213-637-7618.