During this month of giving, UCO staff and volunteers have been doing what we can to reduce the misery felt by those who are sleeping unsheltered. We had 166 guests, of whom 16 were new, at our center this past Sunday. We had well over 100 volunteers helping us create a very dynamic atmosphere all afternoon. We are thankful for the outpouring of support and would like to recognize some standouts who made this past Sunday more meaningful to our guests.
Thank you to Uplift Charity, their volunteers (some of whom were from Cerritos High School) and director Sadia Dadabhoy for bringing and distributing hygiene kits, bags of snacks, and new clothes and shoes. Clients were touched when they received new warm jackets.
Thank you to volunteer nurses – Anna, Sherri and Shannon. They were busy checking blood pressures, dispensing over-the-counter remedies, and talking to guests about their medical ailments.
Thank you to UCO Board member Israel Rodriguez for providing much-needed groceries to replenish our nearly bare pantry shelves. Inspired by a story he read about a young homeless person going through the trash bin at a grocery store, Israel decided to put his money to good use and buy and bring us snacks, cereal, instant noodles, and other non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration. These items were well-received by our families and singles who rely on us to supplement their food supply. Please see before and after photos.
During the past week, staff and I provided some motel stays and and transportation assistance and helped clients in various stages of acquiring permanent housing.
Best of the holiday season to all of you!