Sunday June 21, 2020

Hello UCO supporters.

Thank you to our exceptional supporters who help us on a regular basis – Food Finders, First Congregational Church LB, Unitarian Universalist Church LB, Temple Israel, , Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints , Temple Baptist Church, Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion and all their members; Supremas Inc, Organic Harvest Farm, UCO Board members and staff; and many community members.  Your support has allowed us to continue giving away to-go lunches and groceries every Sunday during the pandemic.  

We are pleased to welcome Zimt Bakery to our family – they donated hand-crafted cookies for some of our to-go lunch bags.

We also would like to thank Dr. Graves of Sol Foot and Ankle Center – he donated four large boxes of new and returned tennis shoes.  The shoes were given to people who are homeless last Saturday at the Shower Program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.    Thank you to Betsy for donating two twin beds and bedding to one of our newly housed families. 

We helped one of our senior clients who had been sleeping in his car access Project Roomkey – the hotel homeless shelter designated for seniors.  He is now able to go to work clean and more alert.  We currently have three clients in PRK and continue to work with them to help them move closer to permanent housing.

During each of the past two Sundays, we gave out over 170 sack lunches, as well as sanitized wipes, socks (donated by Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team) and face masks (donated by Long Beach Time Exchange, Supervisor Janice Hahn and  Cole family).  On June 14th, Chef Melody and her crew made fried chicken for the lunches and grocery packs.

During this period, we also gave away groceries to over 40 families and individuals every week.  Recently, some of our UCO/DAYS food pantry recipients have sent us gratitude photos of their creations from the groceries that we have given them.

The goal of this week’s food drive is to gather easy-to-open protein sources (small jars of peanut butter, envelopes of tuna, Vienna sausages and spam), crackers, granola bars and fruit cups to include in our “grocery” bags for our homeless clients this Sunday. 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. Staff will remain on the other side of the table and keep a safe distance from donors.

Thank you for your support in allowing us to improve the lives of people who are homeless and others who are in need.  Please consider donating to UCO at

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