A busy day yesterday as Urban Community Outreach staff and volunteers welcomed 165 guests, of whom 9 were first-time visitors to the drop-in center. There were 36 volunteers who helped with food prep, cooking, cleaning, serving and so much more. Dr. Sophia and her HOPE volunteers from CSU Dominguez Hills were on-hand to meet with clients and give advice. We provided assistance with client transportation requests, as well as a motel stay to a mother who recently became homeless. She was thankful for the opportunity to rest and sleep indoors.
Last Friday, our staff helped a mom and her two children, whom we met at the drop-in center on September 16th, move into the Catholic Charities family shelter. This move culminated a stressful month of juggling them between different motels and other temporary housing. For a month, out staff assisted with paperwork, driving to various appointments, providing food, taking them to do Tb tests, and taking the kids to school across town. The move into the family shelter was a relief for the kids, as they had moved so many times in the last month that they missed several school days. Today, they both started at a new school that is walking distance from the shelter. These kids welcomed the comfort and structure at the shelter and are excited to be at the new school, as they are both good students (see photo).
UCO staff were also busy last week helping clients get closer to stable housing. Our housing specialist continues to build relationships with building managers and has three clients with pending approvals of their apartments. Our staff and volunteer Gayle Taggart organized our storage unit. We delivered furniture and housewares from the unit to recently housed clients and passed on some excess goods to Habitat for Humanity. We hope to be able to accept more furniture and housewares (on behalf of our clients) from a local estate sale company.
Thank you for supporting UCO and our efforts to help reduce homelessness in Long Beach.