LOS OSOS — Los Osos Cares Resource Center has come a long way since its inception in 2016 when the Los Osos Community Coalition founded by Linda Quesenberry joined together to offer services to people in need in the area.
This project began to bloom under Quesenberry’s guidance and was established as a 501c3 non-profit organization with office space at Sunnyside School in room 18.
Quesenberry is quick to state that the Resource Center is for everyone, not just the homeless. “We are creating a culture of care here,” she said, “to serve youth and adults of all ages.”
Emphasis is on youth, seniors and adults in transition, health and mental health, education and workforce development, veterans and military families, home and alternative schooled families, and a new emphasis on grandparents raising grandchildren.
“At some point in time,” Quesenberry said, “everyone needs some help and often they don’t know where to access it.”
The Center has a trained volunteer staff with three bilingual (Spanish) workers. There are complete resource lists with contact information for things like transportation, drug and alcohol care, domestic violence resources, local food distributors and food bank information, women’s health and pregnancy support, family advocates, free low-cost medical, dental, and vision assistance, mental health help, utilities discounts, homeless services, and low-cost or pro-bono legal assistance. This list is updated every two weeks. Also, the staff is trained on the 211-phone line to obtain more resource information.
At the Center there are computers for use by the public with Internet access. The staff can assist with help for basic needs emergency food and clothing, housing and transportation. The Center works closely with county agencies and organizations and coordinates services with the Morro Bay Resource Center.
Free community dinners are offered on the first, second and third Monday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church with the help of Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church, Maharlika Christian Fellowship, 4-H of Los Osos, Los Osos Rotary, People Helping People, and Los Osos Cares.
A Laundry Love Program offers low income Los Osos community members financial assistance to help with washing their laundry. This outreach program is sponsored by Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church. Laundry is done at Osos Clean laundry, 2179 10th St., in Los Osos on the last Wednesday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m.
Direct outreach to the homeless community has resulted in the opportunity to offer a Warming Center during cold (35 degrees or lower) and rainy months for all unsheltered people. This is hosted and run as a collaborative effort with the South Bay Community Center, People Helping People, Los Osos Cares, and Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church. For more information on the Warming Center, Laundry Love, or Community Dinner one can contact Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church at 805-528-0654 or [email protected]
Partners in the Los Osos Resource Center assisting with all the services during the week are:
Transitions Mental Health Family Advocate on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access on Tuesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Department of Social Services on the second and fourth Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Soon to be announced will be dates and times for Catholic Charities, and Workshops for Health, Family Support and Employment.
Walk-in assistance is available at the Los Osos Resource Center at Sunnyside School, Room 18 (entrance on Bayview Heights Drive) on Tuesdays to Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. You can reach them by phone at 805-592-2701 or [email protected] Also check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/los-osos-cares.