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 $2,000 and above

Ms. Barbara Carlson
Mr. & Mrs. Juris Kauls
Brigante, Cameron,Watters & Strong LLP
City of Torrance Community Services Commission
Charles McDonough Accountancy Corp.
Harris Financial Advisors, Inc
Kathleen D. Crane, A Law Corporation
Marcil Family Foundation
Noble and Lorraine Hancock Family Fund
Sandpipers Associates

Donor Contributions $200 and above

Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Barth
Mr. & Mrs. Walt Burkley
Mrs. Leonor G. Chernila
Ms. Shirley Clark
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Daly
Mr. & Mrs. Julian Elliott
Mr. & Mrs. Sarkis Hagopian
Mr. & Mrs. John Hellow
Mr. Charles R. Holmes
Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Klaus
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Huff
Mrs. Dawn Kraft
Mr. Donald Lanzinger
Ms. Rachael Lo
Ms. Marian Lyons
Mr. & Mrs. James Medford
Ms. Ljerka Miller
Dr. & Dr. Tom Paulsen
Mr. & Mrs. James Perzik
Ms. Carol Raimondo
Ms. Carol Lee Rhyne
Ms. Cynthia Rustanius
Ms. Barbara Ann Sepeda
Ms. Evelyn Stern
Mr. Michael A. Swanson
Ms. Marina Trachy
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Wittels
Mr. Steve Wroblicky
American Quality Care for the Elderly
Torrance Refining Company
Pettler & Miller LLP
Watson Land Company

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