Sunday May 24, 2020

Hello UCO supporters.

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, Good Shepherd Presbyterian and their members; UCO Board members; and many community members. 

We welcomed our guests on the the sidewalk distributed sanitized wipes, face masks and about 160 and 200 to-go lunches on May 17 and 24, respectively. 

 On the 17th, guests were thrilled to have our Chef Melody’s fried chicken in their lunch bags she and our crew prepared, fried and packed up over 400 pounds of chicken wings (that were donated by Supremas, Inc.

Yesterday’s lunch bags included Margaret’s home-made oatmeal energy cookies and banana bread made by talented FCCLB volunteers.  Yesterday’s guests were also grateful for the generous toiletry kits that Kevin and Katiana provided them. 

More people have received weekly groceries from our food pantry project with DAYS Long Beach.  We are grateful for donations of groceries and funds from our individual supporters, as well as our new partner – Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion. 

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.

Yesterday, we received a call and visit from a veteran who was living in his car and had gotten into an accident and lost his clothes when the paramedics helped him.  Our friend Andy (who is a Vietnam War veteran) surveyed his closet.  The injured veteran was relieved to receive Andy’s clothes.

Thank you to Long Beach Community Foundation for awarding us additional funds for rent assistance.  In the last two months, we have utilized LBCF grant funds and UCO funds to distribute nearly 50 checks for partial rent assistance. 

This week we are asking for your help in collecting peach/fruit cups, pasta, 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/.

On this Memorial Day – with deepest gratitude to those who paid the ultimate price to keep our nation free.

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