Community Care

Living with Dignity: The Five Wishes, and Planning a Memorial
The Pastoral Care Staff here at First UMC offers many services, including guidance with advance care planning, and memorial services. Anne Premer, Congregation Care Associate, has information on The Five Wishes, which is the first easy-to-use Living Will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes. You may request our Memorial/Funeral Planning Guide for reference now and in the future. Advance planning is always welcome, as you share with us your favorite Scriptures and hymns. Email Anne for more information.

Local Community Resources:

  • Dec 2023: Living with Grief at the Holidays: Although the holiday season can often bring much joy, for those of us who have lost a loved one, this time of year may make us feel our loss even more deeply. To respond to this need, the St. Monica Bereavement Ministry is hosting four workshops (both in-person and Zoom options) to provide guidance, support, and practical ideas for navigating through the holidays while we are living with grief. Everyone is welcome and all the workshops will have identical content. Meeting Tuesdays: December 5 & 12, 2023. More info and register:
  • Wallis Annenberg GenSpace: GenSpace is a place to connect with others, discover new interests, and explore ways to live happily and healthily through exciting classes, special events, and other activities. GenSpace is located in the heart of Los Angeles in Koreatown, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the country. It’s on Level 3 of the stunning new Audrey Irmas Pavilion, designed by OMA. GenSpace is easily accessible by bus or the Metro D Line (formerly the Purple Line). Visit website
  • Medicare and SilverSneakers: Several of the Medicare insurance programs have a free benefit called SilverSneakers, anonline exercise, nutrition and balance exercise resource.  To check your eligibility, click here
  • Santa Monica Accepting Applications from Seniors Needing Financial Assistance The City of Santa Monica is still accepting applications for a program that helps seniors experiencing economic hardship pay for basic needs. More info
  • American Red Cross Blood Donations The American Red Cross holds blood drives throughout the year. Click here for more info and to sign up.
  • The People Concern provides essential, integrated services to thousands of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. Download their Help from Home list. View their Helpful Resources list here, and list of Santa Monica local laws.
  • Meals on Wheels:
  • Santa Monica Transportation Service: By MODE

What is MODE?  MODE stands for Mobility On Demand Everyday. WISE and Healthy Aging and Big Blue Bus partnered with Lyft to provide curb-to-curb, on-demand transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in Santa Monica.  Most trips on MODE are provided by Lyft, an on-demand ride service that matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up within minutes.  

You may use the service to go anywhere within the Santa Monica city limits. Health care: Visit a doctor, therapist, medical facility and hospital. Education: Take a class, attend school, a lecture or a discussion group. Enjoyment: Visit friends and relatives, church, the movies, the park or any recreational or social activity. Shopping: Go to grocery stores, department stores, the mall or any shopping area in Santa Monica.  

They also provide access to the following facilities during regular hours of operation: • UCLA Medical Center, Westwood • Kaiser Medical Centers in West Los Angeles and Culver City/Marina del Rey • V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center • Select shopping destinations on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice

Check their website for fares and eligibility.   To sign up, call WISE and Healthy Aging at 310-394-9871.  For more information or questions, contact Anne Premer:

Senior Care and Caregiver Resource Free and informative resource to help families who are looking for either a senior living community or help with in-home care.

Bereavement Community Resources

St. Monica Catholic Church: Santa Monica: Ongoing, dedicated 10 week bereavement support group open to the community: (310) 566-1500

WISE and Healthy Aging:  Santa Monica
Bereavement support groups for senior citizens
Contact WISE at (310) 394-9871, extension 373

Cancer Support Community:  West Los Angeles : Bereavement support groups for family and friends impacted by cancer: (310)314-2555

Tranquil Hospice Bereavement Support Groups:  Santa Monica
Ongoing bereavement support groups open to the community: (310) 264-8413

Grief Haven:  Pacific Palisades
Resources and support groups for parents who have lost a child of any age (310) 459-1789

Always feel free to contact our Congregation Care Associate, Anne Premer at (310)393-8258 ext 103, if you have questions or would like further information.

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