June 6 Update

“Small Acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world” – Howard Zinn

The sun has been shining on UCO and our Sunday clients as they have enjoyed delicious ” to go” meals made by Mel, Pok and our kitchen staff. Last Sunday was a delicious turkey enchilada meal with roasted vegetables and rice. One client said his UCO meal is his best meal of the week. All clients received delicious snack bags as well.

Nurse Anne joined us for the Sunday afternoon, sharing vitamins, hygiene kits, OTC medications and offering help and reassurance to our clients. We are always grateful to have her with us the first Sunday of each month.

Our UCO Operations always run smoothly thanks to the organizational skills of our Operations Manager, Cherry Bush. Cherry is a ServSafe Certified professional with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant business. Cherry has overseen a portfolio of 90 million plus units for Denny’s, worked as a Regional Manager for Boston Market and is currently working as a consultant for Subway Restaurants and their Franchise Operations. Cherry shares her vast experience with UCO every week. We are grateful to have her on our team. 

Celia has been busy helping clients with their rental assistance applications. She has been assisting two clients with Rapid Rehousing referrals including a single mother who has a disabled child. She continues to do case management with our Section 8 clients. 

This past Sunday, UCO was able to help a formerly homeless client achieve his lifetime dream. Kenneth came in to celebrate his seven-month sobriety anniversary. Kenneth is currently in a sober living and just earned his barber license. He has a job lined up with a barber shop in Pasadena. The only obstacle was the purchase of Barber clippers. UCO was able to help Kenneth with purchasing the clippers which will allow him to start his new career. As a thank you, Kenneth offered to come and help UCO clients with free haircuts one day in the future. Supporters like you help us to help people achieve dreams

UCO is working with Long Beach Forward and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide vaccine education and vaccines to our clients. the UVax team will be providing vaccines on Sunday, June 20 to UCO clients and those who may still need the vaccine. The vaccination rate in the downtown area is less than 40%. UCO is proud to partner with DHHS and the UVax team to raise the numbers of those vaccinated. 

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

We are also looking for a small sofa, full-size bed and mattress set and two barstools for a client’s new apartment. 

As always, thank you for supporting UCO.

Gratefully,
Ann

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