The mission of Urban Community Outreach (UCO) is “to advance the interests and promote the welfare of the economically disenfranchised and homeless people in Long Beach by offering a welcoming environment to provide respite, nutrition, opportunity, and hope.” UCO does this in several ways. On Sundays they offer a community center for homeless people and the working poor in downtown Long Beach. There is a hot meal, a computer lab, a document-scanning station, medical care once a month, consultations with outreach workers, and many needed supplies are provided.
In addition to this ongoing work, UCO runs the Temporary Shelter (formerly known as the Rainy Day Shelter), which began when the Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless saw a gap in services that needed filling. L.A. County funds and operates a Winter Shelter from about December 1 to March 1. Rain and very cold nights often begin before the shelter opens. Even when the shelter is open, everyone must leave the premises by 7 a.m. no matter the weather conditions. The Temporary Shelter is activated under harsh weather conditions, either providing a place to sleep or a daytime respite from the elements (as well as food). Families are provided motel vouchers during inclement weather and also when working closely with UCO to better their condition while waiting for permanent housing.
The special collection is taken on the second Sunday of each month, but you can support the monthly special collection by donating until the last Sunday of the month and marking your check with “Special Collection”. Mail your check to UUCLB, 5450 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90808
You can also give to the Special Collection anytime in the month using Text-to-Give:
Text message the words: “20 Special Collection” to 833-931-1845. To give $20.00, for example, text “Special Collection” after your gift amount, like this: 20 Special Collection
Gifts sent with no designation just go to the regular Offering. Link here for instructions.
NOTE for GIVING: Please remember to note in the MEMO section of your check “PLEDGE” or “SPECIAL COLLECTION” or “HERO CHALLENGE” — Thank you!!!