Sunday June 7, 2020

Hello UCO supporters.

The past two weeks had two notable highlights – two of our clients moved into their units within a week of one another.  Both are working and had been living in their cars.  We never tire of the sense of relief and gratitude that we feel when our clients receive their keys and move into their new homes.  During this pandemic when access to the internet and offices are limited, we are immensely proud of the two individuals for their perseverance and hard work. 

Our drop-in center continues its limited services with to-go lunches and food pantry offerings.  Thank you to our exceptional supporters – Food Finders, First Congregational Church LB, Unitarian Universalist Church LB, Temple Israel, Temple Baptist Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Long Beach Community Table, COA, Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion and their members; UCO Board members; and many community members. 

With a large crowd growing at the LBPD headquarters around the corner from us, our services on Sunday, May 31st began and closed early.  Thank you to Adrian, Maggie, Sally and others in my meditation group who sponsored and delivered 200 to-go pasta lunches from Vino e Cucina for that day’s lunch.

Thank you to Ikneise of Stanford Middle School for organizing a food drive and delivering lunchmeat, bread, snacks and other foods that we passed on to our guests.  At 14 years old, she exemplifies leadership and compassion well beyond her years.

Yesterday, we gave out over 170 sack lunches, as well as sanitized wipes and face masks.

Thank you to FCCLB members who make up the Banana Bread Bees for baking enough treats for all of yesterday’s lunches.  Thank you also for Jorge, Kevin and Katiana for bringing groceries, baby wipes and hand sanitizers for our guests.

We provided over 60 grocery packs during the past two Sundays to individuals and families from our Sunday food pantry that we operate with DAYS Long Beach.  We are grateful for donations of groceries and funds from our individual supporters, as well as our partners – Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion and Organic Harvest Gardens Farm.

During the week, we conducted our case management via phone calls and emails, including virtual home visits and client assistance for rent, deposits, and other expenses.  We have also had limited in-person client meetings on Sunday afternoons.  We are committed to doing what we can to help people access services and move off the streets.

Thank you to the Munzer Foundation and Ahmanson Foundation for recently renewing their support and awarding us grants.

This week we are asking for your help in collecting peach/fruit cups, mac n cheese, uncooked beef/chicken, 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. 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 https://www.ucodic.org/donate/.

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