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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.

 

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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.

Stories: Melody McNulty

When Baldwin Park police observed an 85-year-old woman sleeping in her car, they reached out to her and learned she’d lost her home within the past year. BPP located a motel in Baldwin Park willing to house her at no cost for two weeks. On a Wednesday, as her stay was ending, Officers Cynthia Espinoza and David Leon brought her to us for immediate assistance. I gave her a motel voucher good through Friday, and one of the officers paid out of pocket to extend the stay through Monday morning. Before checkout time at 11 a.m. Monday, I had found her a room for rent. She moved in at 9:30 a.m. with a senior couple and another client I had previously housed in the home. The couple who own the residence had come to us for assistance a year ago, fearing the loss of their home and hoping to offer rooms for rent. Now all rooms in the lovely, large Monrovia home are filled with seniors,  and the property is no longer at risk. The 85-year-old woman is on a short waiting list for senior apartments while staying in her new home.

Melody McNulty

When Baldwin Park police observed an 85-year-old woman sleeping in her car, they reached out to her and learned she’d lost her home within the past year. BPP located a motel in Baldwin Park willing to house her at no cost for two weeks. On a Wednesday, as her stay was ending, Officers Cynthia Espinoza and David Leon brought her to us for immediate assistance. I gave her a motel voucher good through Friday, and one of the officers paid out of pocket to extend the stay through Monday morning. Before checkout time at 11 a.m. Monday, I had found her a room for rent. She moved in at 9:30 a.m. with a senior couple and another client I had previously housed in the home. The couple who own the residence had come to us for assistance a year ago, fearing the loss of their home and hoping to offer rooms for rent. Now all rooms in the lovely, large Monrovia home are filled with seniors, and the property is no longer at risk. The 85-year-old woman is on a short waiting list for senior apartments while staying in her new home.

Stories: Enika McLane, Caseworker

Recently a Pasadena family reached out to us, referred by the Red Cross. They had just lost all their belongings in a fire at their home. While thankfully nobody was hurt, the single mother and her college age daughter were clearly suffering from extreme trauma. Fortunately, they had been moved to another apartment in the same building while the cause of the fire was being investigated, avoiding the need to find immediate shelter. The mother asked for our help in purchasing two mattresses for herself and her daughter to use in the empty apartment. I submitted a grant request to our agency for the cost and began  working with a furniture store to arrange the purchase and delivery date and time. It’s hard to put into words the mixture of trauma and gratitude I saw in the mother’s eyes as we were working with her. It feels really good to know our team could be there for her family.

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