This past Sunday, supporters of Union Station gathered at the home of San Marino residents Lynn and Doug Brengel to learn more about the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty in our community. Union Station Executive Director Marvin Gross and Board President Hannah Kully led guests through a presentation about how the Pasadena-based agency has responded to the needs of this population, and how the support of the community has been vital in their efforts. The briefing allowed guests to look back at the history and successes of the agency – and look forward to the future growth and expansion that is underway.
Gross shared, “It is truly inspiring to see such a dedicated group of folks come out to a forum on a Sunday afternoon and discuss issues that many people would prefer not to think about. With your support, we continue to meet the needs of our clients, and are together creating a more livable and compassionate community.”
Over the years, the homeless population has shifted. Since 1973, Union Station has served predominately single, elderly men, and the mentally ill. In the late 1990s, Union Station began addressing the issue of homeless families in need of assistance. Union Station has risen to the challenge and will be answering the current needs. The newest facility, the Family Center, will open this summer, with a public Grand Opening celebration scheduled for October 16th. The Family Center will provide much-needed emergency shelter, food, and vital social services for up to 50 family members.
San Marino residents Penny and Ted Sonnenschein were interested to hear how Union Station continues to respond to the changing needs. “They have come such a long way,” said Penny. “We are truly impressed with how extensive their programs and supportive services are. The new Family Center is an outstanding accomplishment and we are proud to be involved with the organization.”
Union Station Foundation is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest private agency serving the poor and homeless, providing more than 125,000 meals and nearly 21,000 nights of shelter per year. More than 70% of Union Station clients have found stable housing after their stay with the agency. For additional information, please visit their website at www.unionstationhs.org or call 626.449.4596.