NEWS + WINTER + 2013 CONNECT
ONLINE: HOUSING + EMPLOYMENT + LIFE SKILLS
825 E. ORANGE GROVE BLVD. PASADENA, CA 91104
Dear Friends, I always think of Union Station with the deepest… respect, reverence, gratitude, and appreciation. It gave me my life back. Its incredible how much Union Station has grown since 1990. When I went through the program, there were 36 beds and it was co-ed.
Forty years ago, a group of compassionate community members wanted to make a difference. Together, they rented a small storefront on Union Street in downtown Pasadena and began offering coffee, donuts and friendship to those who needed it most. They welcomed the poor, the indigent, and the lonely into “Union Station,” a nurturing and safe gathering place for the homeless. From those humble and modest beginnings, Union Station Homeless Services has grown. Today, we are the San Gabriel Valley’s largest, most comprehensive social service organization assisting homeless and low-income men, "Every women and children. Over the years, Union Station has helped rebuild the lives of thousands of people who were once homeless and without hope. Today, they are living and working in our community and leading productive lives. Our most gratifying moments come when a formerly homeless individual or family regains their dignity and finally has a place to call home.
single day of my life is outstanding... Thank you."
We recently received a donation from Chester, who went through our program more than twenty years ago. He told us about his life today:
“I am sending a donation in appreciation for the help I received from your program. I was a resident at 412 S. Raymond in 1990. Because of the help I received there, I have been clean and sober for 22 years. Union Station gave me the opportunity to stop my free fall in life. It helped me understand what my life could become – and showed me how to get there.
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Employed in less than a week! Meet Our New Director of Volunteers Evening for the Station Dinners-in-the-Park 2012 Corporate and Community Partners
Life has been good to me. I am retired now. I’ve moved to Idaho. I rent an apartment on the river. I have a half-acre yard and a view of the Teton Mountains. Every single day of my life is outstanding.
I made a gift to Union Station because I’m trying to repay the people who helped me -- This is in gratitude for all my blessings. Thank you.” -- Chester Russell Jr., Alumnus of Union Station Homeless Services, Class of October 1990
In celebrating our 40th year of service, I am reminded that the actions of a few caring people can profoundly transform lives forever – and of the lasting impact of our work on the lives of those we serve. I am proud and honored to be part of Union Station.
I look forward now to our future. I welcome you to join us in celebration of 40 years of success and to help us create a solid foundation for our next 40 years and beyond. Warmest Wishes, Marv Gross
A Place to Call Home Gala: Save the Date: May 11, 2013 Shop and Dine Out for Union Station Learn How to Leave a Legacy
HELPING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN
REBUILD THEIR LIVES AND END HOMELESSNESS
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Sources Alum Secures Employment in Less Than a Week! In 2006, Robert graduated from Union Station’s Sources Career Development Program with employment, stable housing and a new outlook on life. In 2011, the shaky economy pushed him into unemployment once again. Robert considered coming back to Sources, but hesitated: “I thought I would be taking services away from someone who might need them more than me.” However, after searching for 18 months without success, he returned to Sources and met with Program Director, LaViva Primm. LaViva immediately referred Robert to Sources Job Developer, Rocio Palmero. Within a day, Rocio secured Robert an interview with Villa Esperanza, a local non-profit. “She called me and said she had found the perfect job for me.” Robert worked with Rocio to polish up his resume and prepare for the interview.
Meet Our New Director of Volunteers We would like to extend a warm welcome to Joseph Saceric, our new Director of Volunteer and Community Programs. A non-profit professional with over 20 years of experience, Joseph has dedicated his career to helping people channel their compassion for others through volunteer service. He has worked for organizations including the March of Dimes, the Atlanta Fulton County Zoo and Camillus House, a Florida-based homeless services provider. “I am really excited about joining Union Station,” Joseph says. “From the beginning, I was struck by the closeness of staff and everyone’s commitment to our mission. Whether staff members or volunteers -- everyone is so willing to step up and go above and beyond.” Last month, Joseph coordinated his first Dinner-in-the-Park, Union Station’s largest volunteer and community-driven event of the year. “I was genuinely moved by the response from the community. I never expected such an amazing outpouring of care from one community,” says Joseph. We are very excited to welcome Joseph to Union Station. Visit www.unionstationhs.org to learn more about our volunteer and community programs.
Thanks to the incredible work of the Sources team, Robert excelled in his interview and was hired by Villa Esperanza! He will be working as a Group Coach for the organization’s Employment Services Program. The irony of going from unemployed to employment coach is not lost on Robert. During his darkest days, he relied on his sense of humor and optimism to keep him going. He looks forward to inspiring the same optimism in his clients.
I used to work in customer service, where success might be saving someone a couple of dollars on a product. With this job, it will feel good at the end of day to know that I helped someone gain job skills and find employment.
Robert found tremendous success by persevering and staying connected with Sources. His advice to current and future Sources participants is simple, but important:
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Keep an open mind and stick with the process.
From left: Marv Gross, Wayne Linsey, Marjan Khazra, Melanie Holden
Evening for the Station hits all the right notes! On October 27, 2012, more than 200 people enjoyed a night of music at the 14th Annual An Evening for the Station, a music celebration to raise funds in support of Union Station Homeless Services. The event took place in the Sofia Ballroom at Noor in Pasadena’s Paseo. Guests enjoyed food generously provided by Porta Via and wine hosted by Noor. Keyboardist Wayne Linsey (Tonight Show with Jay Leno) headlined the evening with songs from his solo project, A Song Without Words. The night also featured Howard Hewett, (Shalamar, Soul Train). Guests enjoyed delicious desserts, donated by Pasadena’s Wonderland Cupcakes, Burger Continental, and MCS in Burbank. Special thanks to co-chairs Marjan Khazra and Melanie Holden, who donated their time to help make this event a success.
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Volunteers Help Give Warm Meals and Holiday Cheer For more than 35 years, Union Station has provided warm holiday meals and holiday cheer for the homeless, the hungry and those who have nowhere else to go for the holidays. Food, music and sunny weather blanketed Pasadena’s Central Park for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner-in-the-Park. Dedicated volunteers generously donated time, energy and food to make this a special event. Volunteers were essential to pre-event prep, day of service and post-event wrap-up activities. With their help, we served 4,200 Thanksgiving meals on site and provided 200 take-away meal packages. “This was a really heartwarming event,” said Tina Salcedo, a first time volunteer. “It was such an honor to have an opportunity to give back to the community where I live and that has given me so much.” This year, to create a more intimate and traditional holiday meal, we hosted Christmas Dinner-at-the-Station at our Adult Center. Guests gathered in our Adult Center on Raymond Avenue for a festive and welcoming holiday meal. We’d like to extend our very special thank you to our event committee, who planned and led these incredible events. Special thanks to Goldstar, Southern California Gas Co., Paul Hastings Law Firm, Loop Net, City of Industry Royal Lions Club and Taylor Freezers, whose donations helped make this event possible. We are truly grateful for the thousands of volunteers and donors who gave of themselves to make this holiday season a little bit brighter for our fellow community members. Visit unionstationhs.org/Community_Meal_Programs.html to learn more about our Community Meals Programs, which feeds people in need every day of the year.
Corporate and Community Partners are part of the solution too! We are grateful to the following companies, groups and individuals who went above and beyond to help us this holiday season. They underwrote our holiday meals, provided toys and food, and showed extreme dedication to the mission of Union Station. Thank you for the outpouring of support! All Saints Church Youth Group Bank of America Merrill Lynch Blair High School Culinary Arts Students City of Pasadena Community Bank Disney VoluntEARS Dog Haus Ernst and Young Goldstar Grifols Biological Heart of Compassion LoopNet Lauren Lewis PR Morongo Band of Mission Indians Operation Gobble Gobble Pasadena Police Department Explorers Post #19 Paul Hastings Law Firm Sir Michael’s Enterprises SoCal Honda Dealers Southern California Edison Sparkletts Pasadena Bar Association Put the Fork in Hunger The Individual Group Unified Grocers Universal Studios Hollywood Valley Food Bank
To find out how your business can become part of the solution, call Dana Bean at 626-240-4567 today.
THANK YOU GOLDSTAR! This Thanksgiving, Goldstar Events, Inc. asked its members to do something meaningful for their community - to provide meals for the individuals and families at Union Station Homeless Services. Nearly 1,000 Goldstar members donated $22,200 and provided 8,800 meals!
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A Place to Call Home
HELPING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Gala Benefiting Union Station Homeless Services
AND END HOMELESSNESS
40th Anniversary Celebration
REBUILD THEIR LIVES
SAVE THE DATE May 11, 2013
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Arnold Siegel, Chair Michael Danneker Jill A. Fosselman Maxine Harris James Hart Linda Jahnke Terry Krupczak Alan Maltun Jim Moore Diana Peterson-More Elliot A. Sainer Bradley D. Schwartz Randy A. Shulman Vickie Taylor Charles Thuss Elizabeth Trussell Gregory R. Vanni Lyla L. White
Rabbi Marvin M. Gross, CEO Cynthia Foster, COO Gregg von Fempe, Director of Programs Dana Bean, Interim Director of Development Joseph Saceric, Director of Volunteer and Community Programs
Langham Huntington, Pasadena, CA Honoring: Robert Floe & Mayor Bill and Claire Bogaard For sponsorship and ticket information visit www.unionstationhs.org/gala.html or call 626-240-4559.
SHOP & DINE OUT FOR UNION STATION back to Union Station. Atelier Femme, a modern atelier women’s boutique, salutes Union Station Homeless Services’ 40 years of services by giving back: 10% of net sales during January will be donated to support future life-changing work of Union Station. 1033 E. Green Street Pasadena 91106
Pasadena’s newest gourmet burger restaurant, Slater’s 50/50, will donate 20% of event sales to Union Station on January 30. Visit http://tinyurl.com/USHS5050 for the required event flyer. 61 N Raymond, Pasadena, CA
You can look great and help your favorite cause! Visit GoodThreads to purchase Union Station merchandise at tinyurl.com/USHSshirts and $10 from the sale of each item will be donated
Create a unique photo gift book for someone you love. Datevitation will donate $10 back to Union Station for each book purchased through this link: www.datevitation.com/?a_aid=USHS
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Presented by Ehsan Safavi Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors, LLC
Please join us for a complimentary lunch and information session to
LEARN HOW TO LEAVE A LEGACY 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104 www.unionstationhs.org (626) 240 -4550
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February 27, 2013, 12 pm
Bequests play a vital role in our efforts to rebuild lives. Join us and learn more about how to plan a meaningful gift.
Space is limited so RSVP today: Call Dana Bean at 626-240-4567 or email email@example.com.
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