The month of December has been a joyful experience at Urban Community Outreach’s Drop-In-Center. Lots of love and sharing for all who came to us. December 17th we rang in the Christmas season with Santa bringing toys, and there was face painting from City HeARTS, and clothing for the adults. On Christmas Eve day we had chicken and ham and all the fixings, thanks to Temple Israel’s generosity. They also brought 46 volunteers to help prepare. We had handmade children’s quilts from my son’s receptionist, toys from Love In the Mirror and a store’s collection, new blankets, teddy bears, and back packs from Josh Ebrahemi. Flashlights and socks came from Julie Lie’s Gild, and hats & hygiene items came from Sheryl Bailey & sister, Rita Wright. We gave out all much to the delight of our Sunday guests.
Partner agency, the Los Alamitos Youth Center, donated two live Christmas trees so 2 of our families had Christmas trees in their new apartments.
This past Sunday, December 31, the holiday festivities continued when Dale Whitney brought us Melanie Smerka
nich’s gift of soft, colorful hand knit beanie caps, sweaters came from Performance Team, and additional gifts and toys. Mona and Ed Panitz brought new sleeping bags. Our client guests couldn’t believe all the wonderful outpouring of lovely gifts this month.
Course the counselor’s work of assisting the guests with their basic needs continued too. We gave out gas money and bus passes so students and pre-schoolers could get to school. We not only provided our hot meals, but gave canned and packaged food, breads, vegetables, and fruit to those who needed help for the week. We gathered lists of affordable apartments and gave referrals and helped fill out forms. We taught computer skills and culinary skills and gave job referrals.
We rented a truck at 9am this Sunday and help move donated furniture and household items to a young single mom in her new apartment in Anchor Place in the Cabrillo Site.
May 2018 be a year full of Love!