Another busy day at our drop-in center – thank you to All our volunteers, including Sara Deen and members of the South Coast Interfaith Council for helping and donating backpacks for each of our guests. They were all so grateful for the new backpacks. Hygiene kits were also given to those who needed them.
With assistance over 30 volunteers, we hosted 161 guests at our drop-in center yesterday, of whom 9 were new. Thank you to our staff – Operations Manager Cherry, Chef Melody and Outreach Worker Ann for their hard work in making the drop-in center a success.
As usual, we made available Food Finders groceries for take away – many newly housed clients were happy to be able to take substantial groceries to store in their refrigerators. We also distributed transportation assistance to help some of our guests get to their jobs and various appointments.
In partnership with Lutheran Social Services, one of our clients moved into her apartment last week – we will continue to help her by providing groceries and housewares. She can now feel confident that she will be a reliable employee at her new job at Goodwill in Torrance. We provided her with a Tap card to help offset her transportation costs.
We provided funds for a long-time visitor of our drop-in center to stay in a shared room in a boarding house thru July. This time will be used by his case worker at Mental Health America to assess his permanent housing options. The cost of the shared room is a fraction of what it would have been to have him stay at a motel for the same period of time.
We purchased three twin mattresses for the family of five that was recently housed. One of our supporters from Temple Israel purchased a gently used dining set and bookshelf to pass on to our recently housed clients.
Thank you to the Munzer Family Foundation for renewing their grant funding for our operations and assistance programs.
Thank you all for your support.