Sunday August 9, 2020

During our pandemic Summer, we continue our modified services – providing 130 and 140 lunches outside the gates of First Congregational Church on the last two Sundays, respectively.  Thank you to all our weekly food drive participants and Supremas, Inc. For enhancing our food inventory.  Special thanks to our Banana Bread Bakers who provided their delicious offerings that were included in yesterday’s lunches.   

We are so grateful to Matea for conducting her food drives all Summer long  and collecting plenty of mac and cheese, cans of hearty soups, and other protein sources and foods that have been included in our grocery packs.  Although only 14 years old, Matea has unbeatable dedication and focus.  She and her mom Stephanie have played critical roles in our DAYS/UCO grocery distribution service.  Yesterday, more individuals and families than usual came to us for groceries – we were happy to be able to pass along Food Finders donations from Trader Joe’s and Von’s, produce that we purchased and oranges from Margaret’s massive tree. 

During the week, staff and I continue to closely work with City staff and other agencies to help our clients connect with services and permanent housing.  We hope to have two seniors move into their units this week.  We helped people with applications for DMV ID cards, copies of various documents and receiving/distributing mail.   

We are in the middle of the third round of our rent assistance program.  Since April 2020, we have issued 80 partial rent assistance checks that have benefited over 200 people, ages 1 to 71. 

We received a generous grant from United Way LA to provide robust hygiene kits to Mental Health America and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless).  The amazing thing about this sizeable, short-term project is that we brought together over 40 volunteers of various ages and backgrounds to work together on a common project.

The teamwork and ingenuity displayed were impressive and heart-warming.  Thank you to Roland and Staci of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for allowing us to take over their campus and gym. 

For this week’s food drive, we are asking for your help in collecting sliced sandwich bread, turkey sandwich meat, spam, other meats in pop-up cans, envelopes of tuna, small peanut butters, rice and bottled water.  As before, donations may be dropped off at the 2nd alley door on Saturday, 10 am to 11 am.  Safe distancing will be enforced. 

We are grateful for your support. 

Stay safe. 

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