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Volunteers donate time and effort to get masks for outreach staff and clients

by: Tony Dodero
Posted: May 25, 2020


Adrienne with some of the safety items


COSTA MESA...There are several people who have provided hygiene supplies and masks to both the Outreach and Inreach staff and clients.

Those include Wendy Ward Johnson, a mother of three children, one of whom is a Los Angeles firefighter.

She is a much loved school aid at Back Bay High School. She has an extensive background in volunteerism in the community and has been a girl scout leader for many years. Wendy generously donated over 60 masks to the Network for Homeless Solutions for both the city’s outreach workers and people experiencing homelessness on the street.

Amy Creelman


Amy Creelman is a Newport Beach resident who has an extensive background in art and sewing. At the beginning of the pandemic, she called the Network for Homeless Solutions and offered to sew hundreds of masks for both the outreach workers and City staff.

She also asked that any extra masks be donated to non profit organizations which partner with us to serve those experiencing homelessness. Thanks to Amy, several organizations including Friendship Shelter, Mercy House, and Volunteers of America can distribute these to their clients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Jewish Community Center of Orange County has traditionally prepared both December and Spring Holiday Breakfasts for the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene as well as for the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter.  They have also donated hundreds of hygiene items as well as knit caps and socks.

When the Pandemic hit Orange County, the JCCOC was the first organization to call and see what was needed. When City staff was trying to quickly secure hygiene packs with either soap or hand sanitizer to distribute on the street, the JCCOC personally delivered 200 hygiene packs to the Outreach Office, which were packaged along with flyers describing COVID-19 symptoms and preventative measures.

The City of Costa Mesa is thankful for partners such as the JCCOC which can assist them in their efforts to fight the pandemic.


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