Director’s Blog, August 1

“When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is that I am happy to have a cup” – Sam Lefkowitz

UCO is back. We were so excited to see our clients this past Sunday! It was a beautiful, sunny, and hot day. 120 of our clients lined up to receive a hot meal that included spaghetti, garlic bread, veggies and of course snack bags to go., as well as much-needed ice-cold bottled water.

Nurse Anne joined us to see patients and dispense vitamins, foot powder, aspirin and of course, her wisdom. We are always happy to have Nurse Anne with us.

We’ve noticed many of our clients are impacted by the closure of Christian Outreach in Action (COA) and are seeing an increase in requests for groceries to get them through the week. We are hopeful that COA will re-open soon.

We were grateful for the donations last weekend. They went right into our snack bags. We were also grateful to have food donated to our pantry from Teri Brewster’s family. Teri was a beloved member of the UCO board for many years. Teri lost her battle with cancer this past spring, but her spirit lives on in the many clients that she and UCO has helped.

Celia has been busy working on housing issues with our clients. Celia and Ann have also been busy with the many referrals we are receiving from our partnership in Unite US.

This week, we need your help in collecting peach/fruit cups, Mac-N-Cheese, tuna, soups, SPAM or other canned meats (with pop-off lids) and bottled water. Donations may be dropped off at our alley door on Saturday, 10 am to 11 am. UCO staff will set up a table in the doorway at the second alley door and donors are asked to put donations on the table. If you cannot make it in and would like to send a check, you can send it to 241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

Thank you for your support. We could not do this without the amazing and supportive UCO community. 

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