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Union Station Homeless Services to feed thousands in need at annual Dinner in the Park event


Pasadena , CA United States


Union Station Homeless Services to feed thousands in need at annual Dinner in the Park event.
Pasadena, CA – October 19, 2017

The best way to give thanks is to give back! To show community spirit and compassion, hundreds of volunteers of all ages will gather together on Thanksgiving to serve meals and cheer at Union Station Homeless Services’ annual Dinner in the Park.

For over 45 years, this beloved tradition has been a staple event for the Pasadena community during the holiday season. Volunteers help prepare and serve meals–including turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pie–to all who are hungry at Pasadena’s Central Park on Thanksgiving.

Union Station Homeless Services expects to serve 2,000 plates of food this Thanksgiving, November 23rd. Meal recipients will include individuals and families experiencing homelessness or poverty, senior citizens, and those who are alone for Thanksgiving or unable to afford a holiday meal.

“Union Station’s Dinner in the Park is one of my favorite events in Pasadena,” states John Brauer, CEO for Union Station Homeless Services. “It’s such a joy to experience the community coming together as one, feeding over 2,000 people, and witnessing hundreds of volunteers–both young and old and everything in-between–cheerfully interacting and serving. Talk about a reason to give thanks! If you haven’t been a part of this remarkable Thanksgiving event, I encourage you to join us for a day that I promise will be both eye-opening and uplifting. I truly love this community, and I am so grateful for the outpouring of love, food and fellowship!”

Dinner in the Park is a true community event and would not be possible without the support of our community members and volunteers. Union Station would like to include a thank you to its event sponsors, including the Trader Joe’s, Tsutayo Ichioka & Satsuki Nakao Foundation, HomeStreet Bank, Goldstar, Individual Foodservice and Centerplate. For a complete listing of sponsors, visit the event webpage.

Volunteer registration for the event will open on November 1st at 9:00 am. Interested individuals and groups can register on Union Station’s Dinner in the Park event webpage.

Community members are also invited to help Union Station collect the ingredients and kitchen supplies needed to prepare a great Thanksgiving meal! Turkeys, hams and pies are the most needed items. The complete wish list of much-needed items is available on the event webpage. Donors may drop off these supplies at the Adult Center, located at 412 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, throughout the month of November.

Event Webpage: www.unionstationhs.org/dip


About Union Station Homeless Services
Union Station Homeless Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to helping homeless adults and families rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our communities. Headquartered in Pasadena, Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency, assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families.

Union Station believes every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. With over 40 years of experience, Union Station proudly offers a full continuum of programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley; services including street outreach, intake assessments, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, and employment development.

More information can be found on www.unionstationhs.org.

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