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 thatneeded filling. L.A. County funds and operates a WinterShelter 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.
Our special collection takes place on the second Sunday of August, but you may donate to the Temporary Shelter at any time in August by marking your envelope or check with “Special Collection.”