We provide supportive housing facilities throughout Los Angeles and domestic violence housing for single women and women with children.  First To Serve participates annually in the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) supported Winter Shelter Program.


In 1996, Reverend Richard Reed initiated community outreach and recovery efforts in the South-Central area. He soon realized that people dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, and mental health problems lacked adequate support services. With the guidance of his mentor, Reverend Cecil “Chip” Murray, and the support of his family, Reverend Reed founded First To Serve. In 2002, they opened a state certified15-bed substance abuse and transitional housing facility in South Los Angeles.

Today, First To Serve, Inc. provides needed resources for hundreds of thousands of thousands in the homeless communities by providing supportive housing facilities throughout Los Angeles. First To Serve also offers domestic violence housing for single women and women with children. First To Serve continually develops partnerships with local, state, and federal resources to extend services to underserved communities.


There aren’t many in our communities that aren’t somehow affected by the burdens of substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, domestic violence, lack of education, and unemployment. First To Serve, Inc. is known throughout the community for collaborating with local providers in an effort to provide expert integrated services to address the various conditions our clients face as they work to become whole again.

Meet The Ridleys

A Story from One of Our Clients

Prior to being referred for temporary housing to First to Serve, Inc (FTS), William K Ridley Jr and his wife Sharron L Ridley were homeless for 3-4 years of their 17-year marriage. In addition to their homeless status, when they arrived at FTS on February 28th, 20176, they were both unemployed and reliant on General Relief financial assistance. Once stabilized and acclimated to the environment, the Ridley’s began to utilize the supportive services at First to Serve and made every effort to consistently purse the referrals. They also made progressive steps (given to them from their FTS Crisis Housing Program Manager Eric Ransome) to becoming self-sufficient again.

Though at times discouraged by the slow pace of their job search efforts, they pressed on nevertheless and were both able to obtain gainful employment (full-time work for William and part-time for Sharon). Despite sometimes struggling, the couple fought very hard to overcome the obstacles in their path, fulfill the goals they set out for themselves and achieve their ultimate objective – permanent housing. On July 15, 2017 they signed the lease and received the keys to their new apartment.

Suffice to say, the Ridleys are very grateful and appreciative of the unconditional love and support they received during their 5-month stay here at First to Serve, Inc and we wish them the best of luck going forward in their new home. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Ridley!


We exist to make a difference in the Los Angeles Community; our mission is to provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment recovery services and supportive services to economically disadvantaged individuals that suffer from substance abuse, mental illness, and homelessness.