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November 22, 2010
COSTA MESA — A local soup kitchen needs your help for Thanksgiving. The Someone Cares Soup Kitchen is short on turkeys and other food for homeless people on the holiday and needs donations, said Shannon Santos, the kitchen's executive director. The soup kitchen, which has been operating for more than 20 years, feeds more than 300 people every day, year-round. Donations can be dropped off at 720 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. —Mona Shadia
NEWS
By Alexandra Baird, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — Members of a national restaurant association combined their industry savvy to give a Costa Mesa soup kitchen one big treat: a $100,000 makeover. Volunteers from the Restaurant Facility Management Assn. renovated Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on 19th Street. They knocked down walls, converted an old freezer into a walk-in refrigerator, created a new storage area, installed an ice machine and dishwasher, replaced ceiling tiles and added stainless steel prep tables.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 27, 2013
In the back of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on the day before Thanksgiving, Lorrie Sanchez rasped out instructions to two volunteers straining out turkey stock for the stuffing. For more than a dozen years, Sanchez has run a kitchen without a regular staff, without recipes and without knowing what ingredients she'll have the next day. But she does know that hundreds of people will be waiting outside on 19th Street, expecting something to eat. On Wednesday, she geared up for Thanksgiving dinner by overseeing the preparation of tubs of homemade stuffing, vats of sweet potatoes and more than 40 turkeys.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 18, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever this week clarified earlier comments he made suggesting that two of the Westside's nonprofits close because they attract homeless people. Bever said during Tuesday's council meeting that he only directed city CEO Tom Hatch to investigate, not try to shutter, the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Share Our Selves (SOS) for possibly violating municipal ordinances. "That means he goes through a process of steps as outlined by our nuisance-business ordinance," Bever said.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 26, 2011
COSTA MESA - Red, yellow and orange bell peppers were being chopped alongside iceberg lettuce. Juicy red strawberries were sliced, dainty mushrooms cut up. A stew of elk and lamb meat bubbled inside industrial-sized metal pots while steam rushed from others. Corona del Mar High School sophomore AJ Fischer, 15, worked in the middle of the active kitchen, mixing the ingredients for meatballs made from elk, venison and antelope as volunteers and kitchen staff prepared to feed hundreds.
NEWS
March 31, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- A local soup kitchen honored its volunteers and donors Wednesday night, and some volunteers threw the honor right back. "The food is always delicious here," said Dore Wilson, who ate prime rib, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. "It's not like they say 'this is for the homeless, it doesn't matter if it tastes good.' " Wilson is someone who would know. She and her husband, Kurt -- along with their children Kory, 18; Kody, 13; and Karrin, 9 -- are all homeless.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | December 19, 2009
About 200 volunteers gathered at a Costa Mesa car dealership on Saturday to wrap Christmas presents for needy children and stuff backpacks full of goodies like magnifying glasses and pill boxes for senior citizens. “It feels good to help people who aren’t as fortunate as the rest of Orange County this Christmas and let them know that they aren’t forgotten,” said Costa Mesa Resident Gena Van Horne, who volunteered her time on Saturday to wrap toy cars and Barbie dolls for local children.
NEWS
December 13, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA - By this time last year, the office at the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen was piled high with holiday gifts for needy children. But this year, there is plenty of room in the office. Just three boxes sit in one small stack. "I'm pushing the [panic] button here. We have no toys," said Merle Hatleberg, the soup kitchen's founder and director. "This time last year the place was filled." Hatleberg is sending out a distress call to the community, asking for donations of unwrapped toys so a 14-year tradition may continue.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 27, 2013
In the back of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on the day before Thanksgiving, Lorrie Sanchez rasped out instructions to two volunteers straining out turkey stock for the stuffing. For more than a dozen years, Sanchez has run a kitchen without a regular staff, without recipes and without knowing what ingredients she'll have the next day. But she does know that hundreds of people will be waiting outside on 19th Street, expecting something to eat. On Wednesday, she geared up for Thanksgiving dinner by overseeing the preparation of tubs of homemade stuffing, vats of sweet potatoes and more than 40 turkeys.
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NEWS
January 24, 2013
The insightful letter by Tom Peterson in today's Daily Pilot ( "Mailbag: Costa Mesa homeless deserve dignity," Jan. 23) pricked my conscience and reminded me I should comment also. In my more than 23 years of association with homeless people in my work at Share Our Selves (SOS), I found our city often had trouble identifying them as fellow human beings deserving of our attention. In 1993, SOS was evicted from its location at Rea Center by the City Council, which felt SOS was a magnet drawing many undesirables, i.e. homeless, into our city.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa is looking for new toys to give to local children. The organization expects to give the toys to nearly 1,000 children Friday at the Neighborhood Community Center. The unwrapped toys, as well as gift cards, for all ages must be dropped off at the soup kitchen, 720 W. 19th St., by 5 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call the soup kitchen at (949) 548-8861. — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
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By Andrew Shortall | November 21, 2012
A week-and-a-half ago, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen wasn't quite sure where it would get the money for its 26th annual Thanksgiving Day meal. Shannon Santos, the Costa Mesa soup kitchen's executive director, got her answer when the founder of Premiere Health Services, Susan Scott, called. "She said she wanted to cover the cost, and I shrieked," Santos said. "When Susan called it was just a godsend. For that to happen, it's part of the magic that goes on here. We have a saying, 'We're going to put it out there in the universe,' and the universe always gives back twice-full.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 18, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever this week clarified earlier comments he made suggesting that two of the Westside's nonprofits close because they attract homeless people. Bever said during Tuesday's council meeting that he only directed city CEO Tom Hatch to investigate, not try to shutter, the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Share Our Selves (SOS) for possibly violating municipal ordinances. "That means he goes through a process of steps as outlined by our nuisance-business ordinance," Bever said.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
I am writing to express my concern about your article, "State data: API scores jump 11 points," published in the Daily Pilot on Oct. 12. The students, staff and families of Adams Elementary School are celebrating the tremendous progress our school demonstrated last year in both English language arts and mathematics. In fact, the test scores for Adams during the 2011-12 school year were the highest on record for the school, thanks to the tireless efforts of our dedicated teachers, supportive families and the enthusiastic students.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
In your recent article " An election unlike any other," (Oct. 7), you are correct that "Jim Righeimer shook up city politics when he took office two years ago. " He has pushed through the idea to privatize our city in a manner that has made our city ground zero for a war. This pits our citizens against each other by creating a mean-spirited atmosphere in City Hall. In the past, City Council members tried to work together. Our family has been a part of this community since moving here in 1962 and has seen Costa Mesa mature into a place that fosters new ideas and constructive discourse.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
Re. "Apodaca: Public education hangs in the balance Nov. 6," (Column, Oct. 7): Patrice Apodaca pleads with the readers to get behind passing Proposition 30 to fund public education in California. On the surface, it sounds reasonable, but she also makes the point on why we should vote no. It is delusional to think we should send more money to the Democrats in Sacramento and trust them do the right thing. They are in the tank with the teachers unions and have no restraint in reducing spending.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | October 3, 2012
Looking to cut down on homeless services in Costa Mesa, Mayor Eric Bever asked the city CEO to investigate some of the city's most prominent charities. Bever singled out Share Our Selves and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen , two nonprofits that give food and medical care to the poor and homeless. Costa Mesa's homeless population has been a stubborn issue for city officials. Residents consistently complain that individuals overtake public facilities like Lions Park and the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library.
NEWS
July 30, 2012
About 900 employees with Pacific Investment Management Co., or PIMCO, are spending this week reading to children, restoring the Back Bay and serving meals at a soup kitchen as a part of the Newport Beach-based company's fourth annual Global Week of Volunteering. The volunteers are also filling backpacks for children living in Orange County motels, teaching résumé writing and interviewing skills to U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and reorganizing garages at a battered women's housing program, according to an announcement from the company.
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