Khalsa Care Foundation (KCF) is a non-profit organization serving both Sikh and non-Sikh community in greater Los Angeles area.
Khalsa Care Foundation is a Sikh gurdwara (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ or gurduārā; literal meaning "door to the guru" or is a place of worship for Sikhs) located in Pacoima California. Typically a sangat (Punjabi: ਸੰਗਤ is a Sikh term with its origin in the Sanskrit word sangh, which means company, fellowship and association) of about 250-350 people gather on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Sundays approximately 500 people can be seen at gurdwara. The gurdwara is open 24/7, to all, regardless of their background.
Keeping with the Sikh tradition, Khalsa Care Foundation is dedicated to helping all people. The concept of seva (Punjabi: ਸੇਵਾ selfless service or volunteering or donating without asking for anything in return) can be easily seen at KCF. Some highlights include, in December for the holidays, gurdwara holds a free winter carnival as an outreach to low income families in the area. Similarly, at Thanksgiving, gurdwara provides food and toy bags for the underprivileged and elderly. Additionally, every Friday night gurdwara sponsors a volunteer run Khalsa Food Pantry for local economically challenged families.
Word “Sikh” literally means student. Keeping with Sikh traditions, every Sunday, teachers of all ages instruct “students” on topics such as gurbani reading & writing, Sikh history, Sikh theology and kirtan. Classes are open to all, free of cost.
Lastly, the concept of langar is important in Sikhism & KCF. KCF volunteers cook and provide free food to sangat or all that come to gurdwara. KCF has also begun making pizza every Wednesday and Friday night, which sangat fondly calls “Guru da Pizza.”
We look forward to seeing you at gurdwara!