Sunday May 12, 2019

Yesterday, we had over 40 new and returning volunteers help us cook, serve and clean-up at our drop-in center.  We hosted 124 guests, of whom 10 were new.  Our volunteers represent all ages and come from all walks of life, including students from Long Beach State and St. Anthony’s High School (photo).

Last week a long-time guest of the drop-in center moved into her own studio apartment after staying at Catholic Charities’ Project Achieve shelter.  She is so thankful to have her own place now – we have given her sheets and will help acquire some furniture for her. 

Using donations from the Long Beach Community Foundation, we provided several nights motel stay for a couple who are also long-time drop-in center guests.  The husband is a disabled Veteran — we recently helped them find an apartment that could accommodate his wheelchair.  We are currently assisting them with the rental application process.  

We also provided a motel stay to a man who would like to enter a rehab program.  We will try to help him find a suitable recovery program.

We used LBCF funds to help a mother and her 14-year-old son with their portion of May’s rent.  They live in an apartment at the Villages at Cabrillo.  This mom is trying to find a job, as well as reduce her expenses to ensure that she will be able to make her future rent payments.

We utilized the Mayor’s Fund to purchase a Greyhound ticket to Georgia for a senior gentleman for him to re-unite with his family. 

As usual, we provided bus passes and funds for gas to help clients get to work and their medical appointments.  We also encouraged all our guests at the drop-in center to take away food that were donated by Food Finders through their rescued food program.  Food Finders recently included several boxes of non-perishables with their regular weekly delivery of produce, bread and protein.  As some of our clients are now housed, we are able to send them home with significant groceries that require refrigeration. 

We met with our partners at Safe Refuge last week and assessed the progress of our ENRICH/SAMHSA joint efforts.  We also attended the Flossie Lewis Center’s annual luncheon – so good to know that they are doing all they can to empower women and their families to overcome addiction and self-doubt.

I attended the kick-off meeting of the Long Beach Gives campaign and am looking forward to UCO’s participation with over 80 other local non-profits in this city-wide effort to mobilize donors.

Thank you for your support in helping us move people out of homelessness.

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