It was six years ago that Linda Quesenberry had the idea to form an organization to aid residents of the Estero Bay coastal communities who were underserved or homeless. Over these years Los Osos Cares has grown from offering needy residents a resource list of aid agencies to a full-blown social service humanitarian organization that collaborates with over 20 other organizations and government agencies trying to create a culture of care in the towns of Los Osos, Morro Bay, and Cayucos.
Los Osos Cares is celebrating with a 6th anniversary fundraiser on Saturday, November 5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos. Admission is free and there will be live music featuring Déjà Vu and a Golf Ball Raffle with a grand prize of $300 will be part of the fun. Tickets are $10 each or $50 for six. To purchase tickets, go to www.losososcares.com/news-events.
A Silent Auction will also be held featuring artwork by distinguished local artists, wine gift baskets, ten SLO Blues tickets, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates and more.
Funds raised go towards the programs Los Osos Cares offers the community, such as Senior Programs; ,the R-You Okay program with four representatives phoning for each city; free community dinners in partnership with the Morro Bay Community Dinner program serving over 200 people per week; Laundry Love Program offering free laundry and detergent; Mobile Home Outreach; and support for the Warming center for individuals who need shelter when temperatures drop below 35 degrees or when it is raining.
“As long as we have funding, we will continue to help people who are already homeless or are one-step away from homelessness,” siad Quesenberry, Los Osos Cares executive director, “as well as seniors and other community members who need support.”
Los Osos Cares serves 25 to 30 people a week out of their local office located at Sunnyside School room 18 in Los Osos and has bilingual staff for Spanish speaking individuals seeking aid. People seeking help are offered assistance with medical/mental health services, employment, transportation, housing and legal issues.
The Estero Bay Womenade Program also functions under the Los Osos Cares nonprofit umbrella helping community members with emergency funding.
Not slowing down at all, Quesenberry recently helped organize the Estero Bay Youth Coalition with agencies, organizations, and schools to enhance and encourage young people with life pursuits.
You can learn more about Los Osos Cares at www.losososcares.com.