With all the exciting shopping, dining, and entertaining on Melrose Avenue, it’s easy to forget Melrose is also a community. In addition to the business owners and employees who dedicate so much of their time to keeping the district vibrant, Melrose is home to a dense and diverse Los Angeles residential area.
Because everyone needs a little help and inspiration sometime, there are several organizations right here that provide important health, well-being and faith-based services to the community.
Hope Lutheran Church is celebrating 75 years serving its community in Hollywood. The Church is a beacon for Christian traditions lived through a progressive fellowship. Hope Lutheran has an unflinching dedication to enveloping anyone – regardless of identity or background – in its comforting congregation.
The Church is home to Angel Care, which helps children in need throughout the world. Many 12-step meetings (AA, Al-Anon, and OA) are held there. Part of Hope’s ministry is also to provide emergency food to the indigent needy and Recovery Bibles to the incarcerated.
Sunday services are held at 10:30am and feature the Hope Ensemble Band and guest musicians. Some themed services include Tolerance, AIDS Memorial, Blessing of the Animals, Cancer Awareness, and of course, Christian holidays. Nursery care is provided for children 3 and younger.
HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH
6720 Melrose Ave #1, Los Angeles 90038
Chabad of Melrose recently partnered with one of the first congregations in Los Angeles – Young Israel of Los Angeles – to offer synagogue services, spiritual guidance, community outreach, and education from Young Israel’s Melrose location. Regardless of religious background or affiliation, Chabad of Melrose inspires everyone of Jewish descent to discover their common bond of faith and observance.
Rabbi Yosef Fine encourages programs and activities that promote Jewish knowledge, awareness and practice to experience Jewish heritage and connect to the past, present and future. The congregation is dynamic, and multi-generational. There is no membership fee.
Shabbat services are at 9:30am, with a kid’s program starting at 10:45am, followed by a Kiddush lunch. Free weekly Torah studies are held on Tuesdays at 8pm and a 5-week Hebrew reading course is only $36.
CHABAD MELROSE – YOUNG ISRAEL
660 No. Spaulding Avenue, Los Angeles
Since 1984, Home-SAFE (Services Aiding Family Equilibrium) has dedicated itself to local children and parents who could use a little non-judgmental, practical advice and resources in building a happy, healthy household. The organization offers programs for child care, counseling, parent education, child development guidance, mental health, and family support services.
The Early Head Start (EHS) and Family Project programs provide comprehensive home-based child development, health, mental health and family support services to low-income pregnant women and families with children from 0 to 8 years in the greater Hollywood/Wilshire area of Los Angeles County. The Family Project is specifically funded for child abuse/neglect prevention and early intervention.
6926 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90038
As this is an industry town, there are industry-specific organizations that provide support and connection for its laborers. With more than 1000 members, the Studio Utility Employees Union Local 724 has represented carpenters, painters, electricians, plumbers, and more who work in the TV and film industry since 1929. These important workers keep sets and stages safe and functional, and oversees construction departments. They also work with theme parks (including Universal Studios Hollywood) and outdoor signage.
The union ensures the work, wages, and benefits its members deserve. Additionally, it offers a Retirees’ Council for members who want to continue their involvement in the union community. Local 724 provides important seminars, like an upcoming one on pre-retirement planning, and social events for families. The members also do a lot of volunteering, lending their skills to the Louis B. Mayer Memorial Complex renovation and moving Channel 22’s production facility to a larger space.
STUDIO UTILITY EMPLOYEES – LOCAL 724
6700 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
At Los Angeles Mail Center, you can send mail, pick up mail, get Livescanned, make keys, and shred or notarize documents. But did you know you can get C.P.R. and First Aid certified as well? The Mail Center is an American Heart Association authorized training center. Learning how to save a life is an essential skill set, and the instructors there make this important training easily digestible and fun.
The CPR/AED and First Aid classes are offered at many convenient times and for only $50 (the combines CPR/AED/First Aid class is $60). You’ll learn how to confident and accurately handle adult and child medical emergencies from heart attacks to broken bones, seizures to sprains. There are also courses for people who need professional certification.
LOS ANGELES MAIL CENTER
644 No. Fuller Avenue, Los Angeles 90036