About Us

The Wilshire Center Interfaith Council is the oldest interfaith group in Los Angeles, comprising many of the city's oldest and most historic congregations. Among its membership is the city's first Protestant congregation. The houses of worship of the member congregations are among the architectural treasures of the city and are documented in many books of art and architecture. In 1988, the Council (then called the Wilshire Center Parish Association) founded Hope-Net, a model of interfaith cooperation in feeding the hungry and housing the poor in the city.

Our Next Meeting - The Wilshire Center Parish Association Meets the third Wednesday of each month... For more info:

Jihad Turk - President WCIC
213 382-9200 x 11
Islamic Center of Southern California
434 s. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020


* Apostolic Faith Home Assembly
* Bethel Lutheran Church (ELCA)
* Christ the King Catholic Church
* First AME Church
* First Baptist Church of Los Angeles (ABC)
* First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
* First Lutheran Church of Los Angeles (ELCA)
* First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
* Founder’s Church of Religious Science
* Hope-Net
* Immanuel Presbyterian Church
* International Buddhist Meditation Center
* Islamic Center of Southern California
* Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene
* Los Angeles Samoan Community Christian Church (UCC)
* Los Angeles Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Mijoo Peace Church
* Mount Hollywood Congregational Church (UCC)
* Pico-Union Shalom Ministry (UMC)
* Precious Blood Catholic Church
* St. Basil Catholic Church
* St. Brendan Catholic Church
* St. James’ Episcopal Church
* St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
* Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
* St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
* Wilshire Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
* Wilshire Presbyterian Church
* Wilshire United Methodist Church


In 1988 twelve area congregations founded Hope-Net to address the hunger and homeless needs in the Wilshire Center area of Los Angeles. Hope-Net continues that mission today.

Living among the great wealth of Los Angeles, many fail to see the mammoth and increasing needs of many in our midst. For the economically poor in our area – Wilshire Center, Koreatown, Rampart and beyond - Hope-Net food pantries and meal programs are the primary sources of emergency food. Since our beginning we have served over 1 million persons and last year alone we served over 110,000 persons.

In 1996 Hope-Net founded Hope West Apartments to provide excellent, 3-bedroom apartment units for 17 low income families.

Hope-Net also operates its Hope Chest thrift store, both as a means of serving the needy in our community and as a source of financial support for the agency.

Though continually striving to expand services – housing, hot meals, providing additional household and personal items for the needy – Hope-Net remains committed to the neighborhood and our neighbors in need.

Guided by our dedicated Board of Directors and sustained through the tireless efforts of many dedicated volunteers at our eight food pantries and supported by an excellent and committed staff, Hope-Net touches lives daily and offers hope and opportunities to thousands of individuals and families. - Hope-Net Web Site