Relationship with agency lasts

November 23, 2013 

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  • ABOUT THE AGENCY

    •  Address: 220 S. Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380

    •  Phone number: (209) 668-4853

    •  Website: www.unitedsamaritans.org

    •  How we help those in need:

    Mobile Lunch Program serves nine communities in Stanislaus County. Anyone who comes to the truck can get a lunch at no cost.

    Emergency food box program provides three meals a day for three days for each member of the household, serving Hughson and Turlock residents.

    Clothes Closet provides clothes to people in need.

    Homeless Supportive Services provides showers, laundry facilities, mailing address and referrals.

    •  Individuals and/or families assisted per month

    Our average for our Mobile Lunch Program is 32,000 lunches a month, 1,500 lunches a day.

    We assist an average of 280 families (573 individuals) monthly with our emergency food box program.

    An average of 300 individuals a month are assisted at our Clothes Closet.

    An average of 60 individuals on a daily basis use our homeless supportive services.

    Ninety-nine percent of the individuals who utilize the mobile lunch program income fall into the very low to extremely low income bracket. They are the working poor in our communities.

    We have many seniors who utilize our emergency food box program. The majority of the clients utilizing our clothes closet are families.

    •  How a $10 donation helps:

    52 boxes of cereal for our emergency food box program

    Five lunches for our mobile lunch program

    52 pounds of spaghetti for our mobile lunch program

    •  $25 donation:

    131 pounds of rice for our lunch program

    Provides a family of six with an emergency food box

    131 cans of soup for our emergency food box

    •  $50 donation:

    280 cans of corn or green beans for our emergency food box program

    Provides three families of four an emergency food box

    25 lunches for our mobile lunch program

    •  $100 donation:

    50 lunches for our mobile lunch program

    Three cases of peanut butter

    Five cases of jelly

    •  Volunteer update: We have opportunities in the kitchen helping to prepare lunches, assisting with the preparation and distribution of our emergency food boxes, in the clothes closet helping clients or sorting the donated items, in the warehouse sorting donated food items, and in the office with folding and stuffing our newsletter and other clerical tasks. Our contact person is our volunteer coordinator, Esther Mann, (209) 668-4853.

    •  One last thing: Our Daily Bread Lunch Program is unique because it delivers nutritious meals directly into the neighborhoods where low-income families and individuals reside. Our programs ensure that persons living in these neighborhoods have access to at least one nutritious meal a day, five days a week. We also distribute information regarding other supportive services such as local food box programs, holiday food box programs, the Cal Fresh Program and other services that assist those who are at risk.

Dolores Corley welcomes you into her home with a hug.

“Call me Didi,” she says, explaining that there were so many Doloreses in her elementary school class that she wanted to stand out.

Corley, 63, moved to Turlock in 1999. It was Jan. 5, her birthday.

Knowing nobody in town and having little, she asked her neighbors who she could call. They advised her to get in touch with the United Samaritans Foundation.

She made the call, outlined her plight and mentioned it was her birthday. That day, a volunteer, Judy, arrived with a box of food “and they even sent me a birthday cake.”

The relationship that started then continues to this day, though Judy has passed away. Didi gets food boxes and meals from United Samaritans, and in return, she has talked with staff about helping with painting classes.

“I’m on Social Security. I just don’t have enough money,” she said. “United Samaritans is really good.”

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