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2018 Holiday

An Overview of Services Provided in 2017

At no cost to the family, Foothill Unity Center served 4100 low-income families representing 7600 individuals from neighboring Altadena, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena.

Basic Needs
• Provided a total of 47,997 client services that included food, health, & social services
• Delivered 626 food boxes to Homebound seniors and disabled individuals who are sick and/or shut-in
• Issued 4,558 bagged meals to Homeless men, women and children
• Registered 820 families to receive bountiful Thanksgiving dinner food boxes and registered 1,084 families at Holiday to receive food to make a festive meal; distributed new toys, clothing, and much more for 1332 children
• Registered 1093 children for Back-to-School to access uniforms/clothing, backpacks, haircuts & health screenings
• Provided 182 tote bags with baby supplies and diapers
• Issued 6,592 Bus Tokens/Taxi Vouchers/Foothill Transits to remove transportation barriers
• Connected 1,816 people to additional services in their areas through the Information and Referral program
• Provided 217 services that helped individuals and families experiencing housing crises, such as eviction prevention, assistance with move-in or utilities, becoming housing-ready, securing temporary or permanent housing.
• Provided 4,277 case management services to help guide individuals out of poverty towards good health and economic security.

Health Services
• Registered 533 Dental and 275 Vision Screenings for children at Back-to-School
• Partnered with USC’s Ostrow School of Dentistry to provide comprehensive dental treatment and education for
94 patients through the Pediatric Mobile Dental Clinic, completing 1798 dental procedures valued at $135,315.
• Partnered with Western University, Lions Club and Tzu Chi Medical Foundation to provide Eye Exams, Glasses, and Eyeglass Vouchers for 1170 adults and children, and 1246 dental services for adults through mobile dental clinics at the Center.
• Coordinated care for 1346 health needs for the homeless & uninsured through Medical Outreach and Referrals
• Increased health accessibility by providing 29 Free Flu Vaccines; 694 Glucose/Diabetes Screenings and
794 Blood Pressure Screenings
• Provided 4,482 services that contribute to health and nutrition education, including classes, exercise groups, cooking/recipe fliers, and more
• Provided 10,560 health services for adults and children that included exams, screenings, referrals, and more

Volunteers, Staff and Interns/Work Experience
• The Center’s staff consisted of only 22 full and part-time employees and 2 AmeriCorps’ Duarte’s Promise Fellows
• Dedicated volunteers, trainees and interns execute much of the hands-on activity required to run the Center’s service delivery — and essentially provide the capacity to meet the basic needs of the community
• 7,244 volunteers, ranging in age from 3 to 93, from neighboring schools, faith-based organizations, businesses, service & government groups contributed 40,589 hours of their time, energy, respect, and love
• Work-experience programs increased the Center’s capacity with 14,845 job development hours from youth, adults, seniors, and disabled adults
• Continued as a community training site for 20 nursing students pursuing licenses; enriched field training for 4 social work, 1 human services, and 2 public health interns

Additional Accomplishments
• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program prepared 219 individual federal and state returns that generated $289,947 back into communities. The Center assisted with 290 Health Insurance enrollments.
• Distributed 1,262 pet food bags to help clients feed their cats and dogs, through the volunteer run Pet Food Bank.
• Connected 29 households with Free Lifeline cell phones through outreach at weekly food distributions
• Maintained and enhanced Food and Nonfood Donor Relationships with over 100 vendors

A Community Effort
As the Community Action Agency for the Foothill Area, we are spokespeople for the hidden poor, the very low-income, and the working poor. We serve low-income families with love and dignity … all of the time!

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Monrovia’s Foothill Unity Center Seeks Volunteers For Thanksgiving

Won’t you please help your neighbors

Foothill Unity Center, Inc. invites the community to help them bring some holiday cheer to low income families in our local communities.

Visit their website at foothillunitycenter.org. Click on “get involved” from the menu bar on the home page, then select “volunteer – Thanksgiving event” to sign in and register to volunteer for their Thanksgiving packing day and/or family distribution events.

A login name and password will be required when registering. If you have forgotten your login name and/or password or need to create a new login name and password instructions are provided in the login window. Organizations must register as an organization and enter the quantity of volunteers for their group. There will be a limited number of volunteers needed for each shift. All volunteers under the age of 14 must have parental supervision.

Foothill Unity needs volunteers for the following Thanksgiving events:

  • Friday, Nov. 16 for the pre-set up day at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 for the packing day in Ayers Hall at the Los Angeles Arboretum.
  • Monday, Nov. 19 for the large family distribution in Ayers Hall at the Los Angeles Arboretum.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 for the small family distribution at centers in Pasadena and Monrovia.

The center is also in need of volunteer drivers to deliver food boxes to homebound clients in the Pasadena area on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of November and December. Contact Sal Villasenor and Ben Byers at sal@foothillunitycenter.org and ben@foothillunitycenter.org if you are available.

 

Original Article

2018 Mobile Dental Clinic with the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Beardslee Elementary School campus in Duarte.

Photo credit to Lyd&Mo Photography

Stories: Gaby Rodriguez

I’d been trying to help “Bill,” a homeless client, get dentures for over a year. He’d had them in the past, but he lives on the streets. One night he’d taken them out to sleep, and awakened the next morning to find them and  other belongings gone. Since then, he hadn’t been able to eat well, since he had no teeth at all. I tried calling Medi-cal to advocate for “Bill” and explain his situation, but the agency’s rules and regulations  barred them from helping. Finally, I became aware that a local dental practice, La Canada Smiles Dentistry, offered pro bono services. Although I wasn’t sure of the extent of services they were able to offer, I went ahead and booked “Bill” for a Saturday morning appointment. I reminded him it was very important that he show up, since this was a private practice offering no-cost services. I needn’t have worried. On Saturday morning, “Bill” arrived at the dental practice at 7:30 a.m. -- two hours early -- and waited patiently to be seen for his scheduled 9:30 appointment. He left the office having been fitted for full dentures. The next Monday afternoon during our food distribution, “Bill” visited my office to thank me profusely. He told me he felt like crying because he would finally be able to eat again – and happily confided that the first thing he planned to enjoy was a steak.