SMC Services Offered

St. Margaret's Center’s goal is to provide relief, dignity and support to low-income persons in crisis and to assist individuals through case management and skills development to become more self-sufficient and to achieve economic security. St. Margaret's Center's services include:

    • FOOD PANTRY: Free groceries for eligible households 2x a mo. By appointment Tues - Fri, 1:30-4 pm. Sack lunches & hygiene supplies for the homeless, Mon - Fri, 9am-12pm. Senior (CSFP) food program 3rd Tues of the month.

    • DIAPER PROGRAM: Free diapers once a month for eligible babies and toddlers, by appointment. Free feminine hygiene products given upon request.

    • COORDINATED ENTRY SYTEM (CES): Case management and housing placement assistance program for adults without dependents experiencing homelessness, referred by LAHSA.

    • SHOWER PROGRAM: Free showers Mondays, 9am – 1pm. Free haircuts most Monday mornings.

    • MAILING ADDRESS: People experiencing homelessness can use the center for their mailing address and the center's phone/ fax machine for important calls (e.g. employment, medical & legal needs). Mon thru Fri, 9 am – 12 pm

    • UTILITY ASSISTANCE: Payment up to $100 for Gas and Edison bills, when funding available. Call Tuesdays 9:30am

    • VISION SCREENING: Periodic free eye exams provided by the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic.

    • MOBILE MEDICAL CLINICS: Venice Family Clinic provides clinical services to persons experiencing homelessness, Mon 9 – 2pm. Claris Mobile Clinic comes on site periodically.

    • COUNSELING SERVICES: Available with supervised interns. Sliding fee scale based on income. Spanish-language counseling also available. Please call St. Margaret's Center for more information.

    • HEALTH INSURNCE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE: Information and free assistance in applying for low-cost and free health insurance programs. MediCal, Covered California and other programs. By appointment only, Tues & Thurs

    • CALFRESH APPLICATION ASSISTANCE: Free assistance in applying for CalFresh, including filling out and submitting the application and follow-up. Appointments are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.

    • ESL CLASSES: Small, intensive daily classes for those who would like to improve their English language skills. Monday – Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:15 am (beginner) and 10:30 – 11:45 am (intermediate).

    • CITIZENSHIP CLASSES: Monday and Wednesday afternoon classes from 2:30 – 5 PM for those who are preparing for their citizenship interview.

    • LITERACY TUTORING: One-on-one virtual tutoring for literacy or basic reading, writing, math and computer skills, for adults and youth, email:

    • NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM: One-on-one and group educational sessions encouraging good nutrition, healthy habits, physical activity and disease prevention. Walking club Fridays at 10 am. Community garden development in local churches/ schools.

    • IMMIGRATION PROCESSING: Low-cost immigration processing (petitions for relatives, citizenship, renewal of green cards, DACA, adjustment of status, etc.) Mon, Wed, Thu, and Fri, by appointment only.

    • INFORMATION & REFERRAL: Information and referrals to free or low-cost services, e.g. legal, medical, housing, employment, government programs. Advocacy with government assistance programs.

    • CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Christmas party, new toys for children, food for families.