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Community Partnerships

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Westchester UMC has been a proud partner of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services' Suicide Prevention & Awareness Programs since 2019, and Pastor Lyda is the recipient of their Hero of Hope award for her work in suicide prevention and mental wellness.  

Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 800-273-8255 or Dial 988

LAX Food Pantry

The LAX Food Pantry was established in 1985 and assists low income clients in Inglewood, Westchester, El Segundo, Hawthorne, and parts of Los Angeles by providing food for 2 days or six meals for people in need.

Their operating hours are10am-Noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at 355 E. Beach Avenue, Inglewood. Clients are required to have some identification or information showing they are in our serving area, but there are no income qualifications.

Rhythm & Food

Rhythm & Food feeds bodies, minds and spirit through a shared meal and recreational music-making through group drumming.  Drumming reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood states and enhances creativity.  

Rhythm & Food for teens, adults & seniors - will meet monthly! We start off with group drumming and end with a delicious meal. Dates & times will be posted soon!

It's free - no prior experience required - drums provided.

Click here to watch a presentation on Rhythm & Food!


HealthRHYTHMS drumming protocol is a fun, evidence-based whole person strategy which promotes socialization and ensures a healthy non-strenuous workout.  

Research has shown the results of drumming can include an increase in natural killer cell activity (they help our immune system!) reduction in stress and burnout rates, improvement in mood states, and enhanced creativity.

Remo Belli, CEO/Founder of Remo, Inc. (Remo Drums) said, "It's time to stop thinking of the drum as just a musical instrument.  Start thinking of it as a unifying tool for every family, a wellness tool for every retiree and an educational tool for every classroom."

Reconciling Ministries Network

Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

Westchester UMC is a Reconciling Church, which means that welcome and affirm all, and actively work for justice and full inclusion into the life of the church for all our LGBTQIA+ siblings.  We are all beloved of God and all are welcome here.


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