This past weekend was a busy one for UCO. We hosted our first BBQ for our supporters and volunteers on Saturday afternoon. About 60 people enjoyed delicious food donated by WilMar Meat, Buono’s, Gladstone’s and UCO Board members. UCO’s Board President Doug Emslie recognized Laverne Pitzer for her many years of service in supporting UCO. Guests also viewed David Freeman’s Photography of Homelessness that is currently on display for a limited time at the church.
The drop-in center welcomed 204 guests, of which 14 were new, this Sunday. We had 36 volunteers helping us, including some students from CSULB. After the main meal service, guests received clothing and shoes in the courtyard area. Many clients also took away packaged salads, fruit and other groceries.
For the first time, two girls from a Girl Scout troop in Crescenta Valley traveled an hour to the drop-in center and set up a table with reading books, toiletries and school supplies. They also brought fabric bags that they had sewed to give to the children at the drop-in center. Several of the children were thrilled to have the hand-made bags to carry their books and supplies. The Girl Scouts said they would return in the near future with more supplies to give to the children at our drop-in center.
During this past week, two of our clients had surgeries. One client who is 45 years old came to the drop-in center to tell us that she was having radical hysterectomy surgery the next day at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. She was nervous about the surgery because she has recently been diagnosed with cancer and the surgery may affect the treatment for her cancer. UCO provided this client with a motel night because to ensure that she was rested and clean for her surgery. Since becoming homeless (again) in early August, this client has been sleeping in an area near Golden Shore. UCO staff also picked her up on the day of her surgery and drove her to Memorial Hospital. Hopefully, the hospital will keep her for a few days following the surgery and not discharge her into the streets.
UCO provided another client with a two-night motel stay after she had an endoscopic outpatient procedure last week. She appreciated not having to sleep in the elements while recovering from the pain and anesthesia. Her husband is wheelchair-bound and has limited mobility.
Thank you for your support and allowing us to work to meet the needs of our clients. During the week, UCO staff assists clients in their quests for housing and shelter and more stable lives.