Anniversary for Los Osos Cares

Pastor Carolyn Hall of Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church, SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, and Los Osos Cares Director Linda Quesenberry. (Photo by Ruth Ann Angus)

MORRO BAY The evening of June 5 saw the Community Resource Center Los Osos Cares celebrating with an open house for three years of operation at their center in Room 18 of Sunnyside School. Friends and members of community organizations enjoyed a great food spread and drinks while reviewing the accomplishments of this resource organization.

The collaboration with representatives from agencies, service organizations, faith-based community groups, the SLO Unified School District, law enforcement, local government and the Chamber of Commerce has produced help with resources for the needs of the community. Bimonthly meetings are held at the South Bay Community Center on the third Thursday of the month where meeting topics can include poverty, homelessness, health, employment and activities for youth and seniors.

Los Osos Cares Community Dinners occur every Thursday evening from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Bay Community Center with food prepared by Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4-H of Los Osos, Maharlika Christian Fellowship, Los Osos Rotary, and People’s Self Help.

The Resource Center at Sunnyside School has space for collaborating agencies to come and tend to community member issues. There are also computers available for the public to use to fill out employment applications, housing applications, education applications and other Internet research needs. Trained volunteers are on hand to assist people to find the services and resources they need.

On the night of the Open House, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson stopped by to congratulate Director Linda Quesenberry and Reverend Carolyn Hall, Pastor of Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church. Gibson said the county is 100% in support of these community resource offices and with this one in Los Osos and Morro Bay Resource Connection working together, he is pleased to see the progress made by these organizations.

Agencies that meet at Los Osos Cares are Transitions Mental Health Association on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment, Eckerd Workforce Development on Mondays by appointment, Department of Social Services on the second and fourth Thursday, Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m., Hi Cap on the first and third Thursday from 9-12 by appointment, Independent Living Resource Center by appointment, Seneca Family Ties on the fourth Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Dignity Community Outreach offering six week workshops. In addition to this people can pick up an extensive resource list at the center.

Los Osos Cares now handles Womenade and agencies can make referrals to them for assistance. Since taking on this important program they have dispersed $1550  in funds that were a combination of gift cards and bank checks.

A warming center is also open for all unsheltered Los Osos community members on nights that are rainy or from temperatures of 35 degrees and lower. This is hosted and run collaboratively with the South Bay Community Center, Peoples Self Help Housing, and Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church.

Laundry Love is another program available whereby people can obtain financial assistance to wash their laundry. This program is sponsored by Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church and offered at Osos Clean Laundry on the last Wednesday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m.

Los Osos Cares provides resources for senior adults living in Los Osos. San Luis Obispo ranks eighth for the highest number of hidden poor out of California’s 58 counties. Approximately 38% of seniors in the county do not have enough income to meet basic needs and many of them are older women living alone.

These are just a few of the activities and assistance offered by Los Osos Cares. A Midsummer Night BUNCO fundraiser for Los Osos Cares/Womenade will be held on Aug. 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Bay CommunityCenter, 2180 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Tickets are available online at www.losososcares.org. For more information, contact them at [email protected] Upcoming is the Los Osos Cares Senior Health Fair at the South Bay Community Center on Oct. 5.

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