Sunday October 13, 2019

Hello UCO supporters.

159 guests (of whom 9 were new) found respite and nutrition at our drop-in center yesterday.  The previous Sunday, we had 136 guests (including 10 new ones).  Thank you to the over 75 volunteers who helped us cook, serve and clean during the last two Sundays.  This time of year many of our volunteers are students from Long Beach State

and other schools, as well as others from all walks of life. 

Jantzen, a young man who attends Palos Verdes High School, has been volunteering at the drop-in center for about two years.  He has a great attitude and helps our guests however he can.  Yesterday, he carried plates of food for our guests who needed a little help.

Jantzen’s sunny disposition and his youthful enthusiasm are much appreciated by our guests.

Last Sunday, Nurse Anne and her team of volunteer nurses checked clients’ blood pressures, dispensed supplements and toiletries, and listened to guests tell of their health concerns.  In partnership  with the City of Long Beach and with funding from the State, Nurse Anne administered flu shots to our guests who wanted them. 

During the last two weeks, we helped secure a bed at a private transitional home for a young man who recently started working at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Moving into a shared room will allow this young man to get back on his feet and be a reliable employee.  We also provided limited financial assistance to an individual and two families for their rent this month. 

Thank you to Food Finders and others for their donations to our pantry and freezer.  Last week, we delivered much needed groceries to our housed client who is still undergoing cancer treatment.  Like many of our housed clients, she periodically finds herself short on food at home. Yesterday, several housed families and singles were grateful to take away groceries. 

We continue to give transportation fund assistance to our guests who have jobs and health and other important appointments by giving them single-ride bus passes.  These bus passes (which have a face-value of $1.25 each) allow our guests to utilize Long Beach’s buses and reduce the amount of walking during their days.

We are currently helping a young lady who has an 8-month old daughter.  She is sleeping on a friend’s sofa and needs to move to a shelter or other accommodations.  This 19-year-old woman  goes to community college and works part-time at a fast-food restaurant.  She is not a drug-addict, has no mental health problems and is not a domestic violence victim; and her shelter options in our area are very limited.  

If you would like to donate or volunteer, please visit our website www.ucodic.org.  Please save the date for our annual dinner benefit – Friday, April 24, 2020.

You are always welcome to visit us at our drop-in center on Sundays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters!

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