Salvation Army’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Serves With Heart

A Citrus College cosmetology student volunteer offers a free haircut at the Pasadena Salvation Army’s Homeless Connect Day. Personal grooming was one of the many services offered to area homeless recently.
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A Citrus College cosmetology student volunteer offers a free haircut at the Pasadena Salvation Army’s Homeless Connect Day. Personal grooming was one of the many services offered to area homeless recently.

The Pasadena Salvation Army gathered its troop of community volunteers and extended a warm welcome to the area’s homeless recently, offering up a large array of health and wellness services as well as a hearty meal and good company at its spacious Walnut Street campus.
The annual Homeless Connect Day event has become a resounding success over the past 11 years, now with 46 service providers offering personalized attention to some 130 homeless clients, providing food, haircuts, dental and vision screenings, flu shots and pet services, among other ministrations. The event was held this year in partnership with Grandview Foundation, Pacific Clinics, the city of Pasadena, Union Station Homeless Services, the local business community, service providers, local government and Azusa Pacific University student volunteers.
Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority representatives also were on hand to help facilitate paperwork for the homeless who are trying to obtain identification, renew a license or sign up for other processes. Continue reading “Salvation Army’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Serves With Heart”

Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless

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Union Station Homeless Services’ Community Allies program matches neighbors with companions who were formerly homeless, many of whom become dear friends, like Dr. Monique Margetis (left) and Verlinda Bee.

Like a lot of concerned Pasadenans, longtime resident Dr. Monique Margetis was alarmed by what seemed to be the growing number of homeless men and women she saw on the streets, under overpasses, crowding the parks.
As a pediatric pulmonary specialist, she also was familiar with children living in unhealthful conditions — in garages, for example — when their parents couldn’t afford more. Continue reading “Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless”

New Union Station Board Chair Leads Mission to End Homelessness

Jim Moore became board chair for Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena after serving on the board for 6½ years.
Jim Moore became board chair for Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena after serving on the board for 6½ years.

This time of year the cold, wet nights might present misery for Pasadena’s most vulnerable, but Union Station Homeless Services long has provided comfort with hot meals and temporary refuge, becoming the leading homeless services agency in the San Gabriel Valley.
With the help of more than 3,000 community volunteers, Union Station has evolved over four decades to coordinate with more than 40 social service agencies in an effort to end homelessness in the region. Not only do volunteers here serve hundreds of meals daily,
but the nonprofit also maintains five permanent supportive and emergency housing facilities in Pasadena. Continue reading “New Union Station Board Chair Leads Mission to End Homelessness”

Masters of Taste Exceeds $500,000 for Union Station Homeless Services

OUTLOOK photo Maestro restaurant owner Sergio Martinez and chef Elena Vega joined The Raymond owners Leslie and Rob Levy, who served as event chair of last week’s record-setting Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services.
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Maestro restaurant owner Sergio Martinez and chef Elena Vega joined The Raymond owners Leslie and Rob Levy, who served as event chair of last week’s record-setting Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services.

The third annual Masters of Taste fundraiser was attended by approximately 2,500 guests and raised more than $500,000, a record-setting amount for Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services.
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Masters of Taste at Rose Bowl on May 6

Robert Shahnazarian, Claud Beltran and Rob Levy were among those who enjoyed a prior Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 6, at the Rose Bowl.
Robert Shahnazarian, Claud Beltran and Rob Levy were among those who enjoyed a prior Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 6, at the Rose Bowl.

The third annual Masters of Taste, a premier food and beverage festival to benefit Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services, will be held Sunday, May 6, from 3-7 p.m. on the field of the iconic Rose Bowl.
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Union Station Homeless Services Has New CEO

Anne Miskey
Anne Miskey

Union Station Homeless Services announced today that its board of directors has selected Anne Miskey — a nationally recognized and leading voice on the issue of homelessness — as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Miskey, who formerly served as CEO at the Downtown Women’s Center, will succeed Howard Kahn, Union Station’s interim chief executive officer, in June.
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Union Station Homeless Services to Feed Hundreds on Christmas

In a show of compassion and holiday spirit, hundreds of volunteers of all ages will gather on Christmas Day to serve meals and cheer at Union Station Homeless Services’ second annual Holiday at the Station.
Union Station expects to serve more than 500 plates of food on Monday, Dec. 25. Meal recipients will include individuals and families experiencing homelessness or poverty, senior citizens and those who are alone for Christmas or unable to afford a holiday meal.
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