Last Sunday, our long-time volunteer registered nurse brought new volunteer nursing students from Cypress College. The nursing students were eager to meet our guests and talk to them about their health. Nurse Anne administered flu shots to those interested. We had 126 people, of whom 13 were new.
Yesterday, our drop-in center hosted 179 people, of whom 23 were new. Thank you to over 75 volunteers who helped us cook, serve and clean during the last two Sundays. In addition to our dedicated team of volunteers who help us every week, we had volunteers from Long Beach State University, Long Beach City College and Los Hermanos from Palos Verdes.
Our volunteer doctor and her HOPE team from CSU, Dominguez Hills saw guests yesterday, as well as distributed toiletry kits that they made from a drive they did at their school.
During the past two weeks, we helped a 19 yo mother and her baby move into a room at the home of our supporters Diane and George. The young lady is a full-time student and works part-time. Our village continues to grow – the kindness of strangers brought us a crib, diapers, wipes and monetary donations (via Melody’s appeal on Next Door). When I presented the young woman with $300 from anonymous donors, she cried tears of relief. She said she was so grateful that she had money to put gas in her car and would not have to take the bus to school and/or work.
We have been using our funds to help several families and individuals with partial rent assistance, transitional housing, utility bills and rental application fees. Some have unexpectedly lost their jobs and are doing their best to begin new jobs. Thank you to Betsy of the Estate Sisters who has hired one of our housed clients to help her. We continue to furnish our guests who have health and other important appointments and/or jobs with Long Beach Transit single-ride bus passes.
Our housing coordinator and I separately conducted home visits – we are pleased to report that most of our housed clients are doing well and moving forward with their lives. One of our client’s mother passed away; he is very sad about her passing and is taking comfort in having inherited her small dog. His landlord was understanding and allowed him to keep the dog in his apartment.
Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 24, 2020 for our annual dinner gala.
You are always welcome to visit us at our drop-in center on Sundays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm. If you would like to donate or volunteer, please visit our website www.ucodic.org.
Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters!