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By Jim DeBoom | August 4, 2009
Here is an e-mail our family received Tuesday from Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. We are sending in our contribution and encourage others to do so as well: “We’re writing this emergency letter because we are in dire need of help in order to keep the soup kitchen and tutoring program open. “Times are extremely hard, both for nonprofits and for the people they help. Right now, we are down to less than two months operating funds in the bank when normally we have at least six. We are cutting costs in every way possible, from rewashing sorely used mop heads instead of replacing them, to having our small staff, from dishwasher to director, agree to a pay cut. Next will come reducing the number of hours we are open.
By Brianna Bailey and and Kelly Strodl | December 24, 2007
Ninety-year-old Bridget Prievel comes to Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa for the food and stays for the friends. She and other retirees who live at Bethel Towers, an apartment complex down the street from the soup kitchen, often visit the kitchen for a hot meal and warm conversation. “I get lonely sometimes and I come here to be with people,” Prievel said. “The people here are so lovely.” The program served up slices of ham and pumpkin pie on Christmas Eve to people who might not have a place to go — everyone from families having trouble making ends meet, to the homeless and senior citizens.
By Jessie Brunner | January 8, 2007
James Hendershott moved to Costa Mesa three years ago with little money and no place to stay. An aspiring artist grappling with student debt and trying to jump-start a career, he relied on meals at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen while struggling to get on his feet. His luck began to change almost a year later when he found a surprise in his new apartment. Waiting for him in the corner of his closet was an easel, complete with blank canvas and paint supplies. "The timing was incredible for this to show up," said Hendershott, who completed a bachelor's degree in fine arts at Arizona State University in 2003.
By Sue Thoensen | January 19, 2008
Colin Keith turned his love of running into a fundraising event for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa last year. Colin ran with his friend Garrett McRoberts in the 2007 race, and the boys raised more than $8,000 for Someone Cares. “It’s more fun to support a cause if you really enjoy what you’re doing. Then you can help at the same time,” Colin said. On Sunday, the Mater Dei High School junior will again participate in the Carlsbad Marathon, joined by family members inspired by the teen’s commitment to helping others.
By Amanda Pennington and Alicia Robinson | June 1, 2007
Merle Hatleberg, who fed thousands as founder of the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa and was lauded as a champion for the disenfranchised, died about 7 a.m. Thursday of complications connected with congestive heart failure. She was 83. Hatleberg started the soup kitchen 21 years ago after having to turn away hungry people from a senior meal program she operated. She moved the soup kitchen to its current location on 19th Street in 1997. "I started this 19 years ago because I saw the need," Hatleberg told the Daily Pilot on Easter last year.
By Jessie Brunner | January 31, 2007
Instead of taking a break from running when cross-country season concluded in November, Mater Dei High School sophomores Colin Keith and Garrett McRoberts immediately began a rigorous, two-month training program for the Carlsbad Marathon. But their goal was much heftier than completing a 26.2-mile race for the first time. Best friends Colin and Garrett turned the competition into a fundraising event for the Costa Mesa-based Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, where they'd been volunteering for several months.
By Alan Blank | April 4, 2009
On Costa Mesa’s Westside, a proposal to expand the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen has run into resistance from a few area residents. The nonprofit’s leaders want to add a portable 24-by-40-foot addition in the back of the 19th Street building, like the ones on many school campuses, to house its tutoring operation, which would allow it to set up more tables for food service during meal times and provide a more peaceful learning atmosphere for...
By Daniel Tedford | November 9, 2007
Scotty McLeish isn’t homeless. The Korean War veteran has his own place at Bethel Towers in Costa Mesa, but his $1,100-a-month Social Security doesn’t stretch as far as it used to. To illustrate his point to a reporter, he flips open his wallet and thumbs through the short stack. “Thirteen dollars left,” he says, succinctly summing up his finances. He has often gone to Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa for his midday meal. It saves money and the effort of cooking at home.
By Sarah Peters | June 10, 2010
A local family known for its popular, surf-themed taco restaurants will be honored Saturday for its history of community service to a Costa Mesa soup kitchen. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen selected the Lee family, owner of Irvine-based Wahoo's Fish Tacos, as honorees at the soup kitchen's annual gala. The Lees have contributed thousands of dollars in donations and countless hours of service to the soup kitchen over the past decade, even sponsoring the Someone Cares team at the Orange County Marathon.
By Mona Shadia, | August 16, 2010
COSTA MESA — At least 300 less-fortunate people got to taste food and dessert on Wednesday served by four trendy food trucks participating in the upcoming OC Foodie Fest in Anaheim. Taco Dawg, Dos Chinos, Morsels Baking Co. and Tropical Shave Ice rolled into Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on 19th Street to serve hot lunches. Honest Tea served the beverages. "This was created with the desire by the food trucks to go out to the community and feed the people," said Shannon Santos, the soup kitchen's executive director.
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