Christian Outreach in Action (COA) is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that has been serving the community since 1981. COA provides a stable daily environment for the homeless and poor, including women and children. COA also provides transitional housing and counseling that leads to the attainment of skills necessary to reach and sustain self-sufficiency through cooperative programs with teaching institutions and other agencies. Meals are provided everyday to anyone on their doorstep as well as groceries, clothing, diapers, pet food, furniture when available, and bus tokens. COA keeps expanding thanks to volunteers and the generosity of supporters and partners. If you would like to volunteer your time or some goods, please give them a call. They will soon be collecting for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, don’t forget that Clark & Atherton Mercantile (up the street) is a lovely place to pick up gently used treasures and support COA at the same time. coalongbeach.org; 515 East Third Street, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 432-1440.