Updated: Aug 1
I'm Loren, a Graduate social work student passionate about supporting those who need it most. Throughout my educational journey, I've come to see social work not merely as a profession, but as a vital link - a way of connecting people with the resources they need to weather life's challenges. There was a time when someone I knew needed help, and in that moment I made a phone call, but not before searching the internet for the right place to find the right place. I don't want people to have to wait until the last minute to get access to the resources they need. So I have compiled some additional resources for people, and I recommend saving them in your phone now, for when you or other's need them.
These resources are more than just names and phone numbers. They represent hope, help, and tangible support for individuals in various t
ypes of need. I share them with you in the spirit of community, hoping they might provide assistance to you or someone you know. We're all in this together, after all. Whether it's during the holiday season or any other time of year, nobody should feel like they're facing their struggles alone. That's what drives my commitment to this line of work, and why I'm excited to share these resources with you today.
SAVE A NUMBER, SAVE A LIFE
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers confidential, free, 24/7 support in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health disorders. You can reach them at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 confidential support to victims of domestic violence and abuse. Their number is 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224 for those with hearing impairments.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service that provides information, resource referrals, and support to people living with a mental health condition. They can be reached at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Sexual Assault Hotline, run by RAINN, offers 24/7 support for victims of sexual assault. Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
211 Services is a free, confidential service that helps individuals and families find local resources for food, housing, health care, work, and more. In many regions in the United States, simply dial "211" on your phone to get connected.
Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks that can provide free meals to those in need. You can find your local food bank on their website. https://www.feedingamerica.org
California Department of Social Services: Offers various assistance programs for individuals and families in need, such as CalFresh (food assistance), Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants, and more. Contact them via their website or local county offices. https://www.cdss.ca.gov
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank: Provides food assistance to those in need across Los Angeles County. Visit their website for more information.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: Provides food and nutrition services in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. They can be reached at 1-866-234-3663.
211 Los Angeles County: Provides access to comprehensive social services and resources for Los Angeles County residents. Simply dial 211 on your phone to get connected.
California Youth Crisis Line: Provides crisis intervention counseling for young people (ages 12-24) and their families. They can be reached at 1-800-843-5200.
While these resources are helpful, they do not substitute professional help, which is always recommended in case of a severe crisis. Don't forget to reach out to Creating Families Together.org if you think you are in need of their services!