Executive Director Blog

 “So even though we face difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

It has been a busy start to 2021!

Our clients are happy to have their hot meals to go each Sunday. Our chef, Mel, made an amazing fried chicken meal last week and chicken with rice this past Sunday. The meals are so good we often have people asking for seconds! We have also been giving out snack bags so our clients have another meal for later in the day.

We were thrilled to give out new socks to all of our UCO clients, courtesy of Justin Rudd. Justin donated 1000 pairs of socks to UCO. The socks were given out with every meal and to every family who came for groceries and rental assistance. Everyone was thrilled to received new socks for the new year. Thank you to Justin for thinking of us! 

We continue to get requests for rental assistance and housing assistance. Celia has been very busy! We were happy to help a single Mom stay in her apartment after she lost her restaurant job due to the COVID shutdown. The Mom also received groceries and new socks while at UCO that day. 

This past week we had two people send us their stimulus checks- so that we could help people stay in their homes. What a nice idea! 

We are grateful to everyone who has helped us help others. UCO is a community and each of you are so important to us. 

This week we are asking for your help in collecting peach/fruit cups, mac n cheese, soups, tuna, 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 12 pm. 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. Staff will remain on the other side of the table and keep a safe distance from donors. We also need gently used jackets and sweatshirts as requests are increasing for these much-needed items. If you want to help but can’t make it Saturdays, you can also send a check to UCO at 241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach CA 90802. 

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