UCO Sept 27 update

It’s been a busy month for UCO. I want to thank everyone for helping make this transition so easy. It takes a village and UCO supporters have been an amazing support system over the past four weeks (and 15 years). 

First, thank you to everyone who helped us go beyond our $5,000 goal for Long Beach Gives! Your support for UCO is appreciated! I also want to give a shout out to our Chef Mel for making the first donation to Long Beach Gives fundraiser! Thank you, Mel! And thank you everyone who donated! We greatly appreciate your support! 

We have served over 650 meals this month. Last week, we were blessed to have the help of Project Optimism, who brought incredible meals to our clients as part of their “I Eat, You Eat” tour. What an amazing group of people, thank you for joining us!

This week, our clients had sandwiches (turkey and tuna melts), fruit, chips and a dessert. They also received hygiene packs from Kevin and Katrina- who have been so generous every month. Health Care Heroes, coordinated by Nataley and her friends, also provided our clients with backpacks. We are so fortunate to have the community support that we have! 

We also continue to supply groceries to our clients in need. We recently gave a bag of groceries to a woman living in a Developmentally Delayed Adult group home. She said to thank the “UCO Angels” 

We assisted a young woman with rental assistance who had gotten behind on her September rent due to her hours being reduced by COVID-19. Additionally, Celia, our housing specialist, helped a family with an LA County Housing Voucher locate permanent housing. The family is waiting for the initial housing inspection. Celia has also been working with three clients (one senior citizen, and two homeless young women) with Long Beach Housing Vouchers locate permanent housing. They are all waiting for initial inspections. 

We continue to assist clients during the week with rental assistance, utility assistance and groceries as Celia continues to conduct virtual “home visits” via phone to check in with our clients and assist them with any additional needs. A big “thank you” to board member Martha, for helping us facilitate assistance to our clients last Sunday. 

And a thank you to all of our UCO board! We appreciate you! 

On a sad note, we received news this week that one of our longtime UCO clients had died. Those who had the privilege of knowing Dorothy probably got to hear one of her songs or hear her preach. Dorothy was the first UCO client I ever met. She had been homeless for 15 years, and faced several obstacles that prevented her from getting housed. But Celia prevailed. Dorothy was housed for the last 2 1/2 years of her life, where she continued to make an impact on everyone she encountered. Please see the video below of one of her serenades that former board member, Peter was able to film. A huge virtual hug to all of you for helping her stay housed for the last part of her life.

As always, thank you for your support. UCO is a unique community of generous and loving people dedicated to making a change in people’s lives. I am so very grateful to be a part of this community.

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