Linda Quesenberry took a long look at the Morro Bay Resource Center and the activities of the Estero Bay Alliance for Care and found herself asking, “Why don’t we have this in Los Osos?” Since there was no good reason she set about making it a reality.
“We formed the Los Osos Community Coalition,” she said, “where we brought together all the different groups and organizations involved in efforts to improve the lives of the less fortunate in our community.”
Fifty-two people attended the first meeting and out of this the Los Osos Community Resource Center became established.
“We were fortunate that one of people that came to the Coalition meeting was involved with the San Luis Coastal Unified School District and they offered us space at Sunnyside for the Community Resource Center,” she explained.
This space is free until January of 2018 and then they will have to pay some rent.
At present, they are doing the necessary paper work to become a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Coalition meets every two months at the South Bay Community Center that offers the meeting space free and they usually have a special speaker.
Just as it played out in Morro Bay, this group organized Los Osos Cares, a subcommittee of the Coalition to hold Community Dinners at the Methodist Church in Los Osos on the first Monday of the month. Different organizations such as Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church and the local 4-H Club cook the nutritious meals that are available for any member of the community. These dinners also aid the homeless community. People Helping People came forth offering insurance coverage.
“We work together with the Morro Bay Resource Center,” she said, “and the Estero Bay Alliance for Care and we attend each other’s meetings.”
Quesenberry wants to be sure that everyone understands that the Community Resource Center is there for everyone in the community to find out what resources are available throughout the county. “This isn’t only for homeless people,” she explained.
The idea of forming alliances and working together is growing in San Luis Obispo County. Along with Morro Bay and now Los Osos there is also an organization in Cambria. This is a time that has come into its own where we finally truly are people helping people. Congratulations to the Los Osos Community Coalition, Los Osos Cares, and the Community Resource Center!