Our Mission

H.E.L.P. (Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corporation) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering older adults and their families by providing impartial information, education and counseling on elder care, law, finances and consumer protection so they may lead lives with security and dignity.

Who is H.E.L.P.?

H.E.L.P. is the first stop. Our education and counseling programs focus on elder care options, legal and financial planning tools, and consumer protections. With the assistance of highly qualified volunteer professionals, our well trained program staff provides objective, accurate and up-to-date assistance, information and referrals to community, nonprofit and government resources.

H.E.L.P. assists older adults and their families in making proper decisions with powers of attorney for health care and financial matters; probate court avoiders; government entitlement programs; and protections from elder fraud and abuse.

What Can H.E.L.P. Do For You?

H.E.L.P. provides information and referrals through: telephone and walk-in services, educational website updates, free community classes, and short private legal consultations with our volunteer attorneys. Our professionally developed publications include : H.E.L.P. Is Here – a quarterly magazine that contains important articles about current issues that affect seniors and their caregivers; Your Way – a guide to help you stay in charge of decisions about your medical care;Torrance Guide to Services for Older Adults – a comprehensive directory of services in Torrance and other cities throughout the South Bay and beyond that assist older adults in addressing current issues and future planning tools, and Nuts and Bolts Guides – simple-to-read 4-page booklets on Estate Administration, Financial Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Medi-Cal for Nursing Home Care, Probate (and Avoiding It) in California, The Taxes on Giving: Estate and Gift Taxes, Wills and Revocable Living Trusts, and Your Aging Preparedness Kit.

We Are Here to Help.

In 2018:

H.E.L.P. served more than 6,000 people with counseling and education.

Over 3,443 older adults and their families and friends attended H.E.L.P. classes.

Over 391,381 visitors used H.E.L.P.’s Internet resources,

Distributed over 22,470 publications to the public.

H.E.L.P. is the glue between older adults and critical, life altering information, resources and referrals. We change lives!

2018 H.E.L.P. Donors

Donor Contributions $20,000 and above

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph D. Scriba
The McMillen Family Foundation

Donor Contributions $5,000 to $19,999

Noble and Lorraine Hancock
Family Fund; Sandpipers Associates

Donor Contributions $2,000 to $4,999

Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Barth; Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong LLP; Ms. Barbara Carlson; Charles McDonough Accountancy Corp.; City of Torrance Community Services Commission; Continental Development Corporation; Farmers & Merchants Trust Company; Harris Financial Advisors, Inc; Ms. Yim L. Hom; Johannessen Trading Company; Mr. & Mrs. Juris Kauls; Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn; Honorable George S. Nakano; Opus Community Foundation; Dr. & Dr. Tom Paulsen

Donor Contributions $200 to $1,999

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Abelson; Ms. Sandra Allbee; American Quality Care for the Elderly; Mrs. Carolyn Ayers; Ms. Sara Balough; Mr. & Mrs. Frederick F. Bayer; Mrs. Lauren Burkley; Mr. & Mrs. Kent Burton; Mr. & Mrs. Pat Carroll; Mrs. Leonor G. Chernila; Mr. & Mrs. David Clark; Ms. Shirley Clark; Mr. & Mrs. Michael R. Cochrane; Conover & Grebe, LLP; ConservaTrust Fiduciary Services Inc.; Ms. Kathleen D. Crane; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Daly; Mrs. Carolyn Elliott; Mrs. Kim Engen; Mrs. Kim Engen; Mr. Brent Enright; Mr. Helmut Epp; Mr. & Mrs. William & Phyllis Glantz; Estate Contruction & Development – Ms. Carol Glover; Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Grant; Mr. & Mrs. Sarkis Hagopian; Mr. & Mrs. John Hellow; Mr. Charles R. Holmes; Mrs. Lupe Hoxworth; Mr. & Mrs. Larry Huff; Dr. Britt Huff; Ms. Kathryn Joiner; Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Keidel; Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Klaus; Ms. Joyce Kochanowski; Mrs. Dawn Kraft; Mr. & Mrs. Ian M. Kramer; Mr. Donald Lanzinger; Ms. Rachel Lo; Mr. & Dr. Stephen B. Love; Ms. Marian Lyons; Mrs. Mardy Maehara; Marcil Family Foundation; Mr. & Mrs. James Medford; Ms. Ljerka Miller; Mr. & Mrs. Rick Moton; Newman Law Group; Mr. & Mrs. Rob Palmer; Mr. & Mrs. Rob Palmer; Mr. & Mrs. James Perzik; Mr. & Mrs. Peter D. Pettler; Pettler & Miller LLP; Ms. Carol Raimondo; Ms. Carol Lee Rhyne; Mr. Philip Johnston Ross; Ms. Cynthia Rustanius; Mr. & Mrs. Jim Sala; Ms. Laura Schenasi; Mrs. Nancy Scott; Ms. Barbara Ann Sepeda; Simon & Palmer; Mrs. Linda S. Smith; Ms. Evelyn Stern; Mr. Michael A. Swanson; Terranea Resort; The Canterbury; Torrance Refining Company; Ms. Marina Trachy; Ms. Sandy VandenBerge; Watson Land Company; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Watts; Mr. & Mrs. James Welsh; West Basin Municipal Water District; Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Wittels; Mr. Steve Wroblicky; YourCause LLC Trustee for Boeing


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