Assisting Those in Need


LA CARES    661-8015

LA Cares  PO Box 248  Los Alamos, NM 87544

LA Cares is a small, independent organization, providing help to the needy of Los Alamos County.  Financial aid, usually with rent or utility payments, is available once in a 12-month period.  LA Cares also offers supplemental food assistance, with distributions on the second Thursday and Friday of every month at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church (2390 North Road). To receive a food box, one must register (in advance) by the Sunday before the distribution. 

For either food or financial assistance, call at any time.

Thursday distributions: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Friday distributions: 10:30 am to 12:30pm.

Phone messages are checked m-f. Required information is identified on the answering machine: one must provide name, address, telephone number, number in family, special food needs (and/or food allergies) and need for pet food or baby items.  Fresh produce, limited baked goods and frozen meats, and miscellaneous non-perishables (such as cake mixes and salad dressing) are available at the distribution in addition to the prepared box.

Non-perishable food contributions for LA Cares can be made through FUMC on the first Sunday of the month when you see the shopping cart in the foyer of the church.



Winner of the prestigious Piñon Award, Self Help, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. Since 1969, Self Help, Inc. has provided consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties.  Each year, through grants and private and public contributions, our organization is able to support those who need help most, during emergencies or in the quest to become economically self-sufficient.  Self Help is a member of United Way of Northern New Mexico Serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.                                                

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