Since 1986 Merle Hatleberg has been supporting the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. Merle Hatleberg, was working as a Costa Mesa site director for the Orange County seniors program when she founded the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in 1986. Currently, the Soup Kitchen is serving about 200 guests per day, 7 days per week.
Meals are served Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, and breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 am to 11:00 a.m. Estancia Senior, John Mojica said “The work is fast and demanding… Its a loving place, warm and welcoming”. Another volunteer Kurtny Gajotan said, “It's easy, they could ask us to do more… it's a comfortable place to be.” Someone Cares gets some of their food from people who donate every saturday and sunday but they also receive donations from Stater Brothers markets.
Someone Cares Tutoring Program provides help to children and their parents who don't speak English. Their belief is that, “feeding both the minds and bodies of the children is important to their well being.” In 2001, they started an after school program for children who live within the neighborhood. The Someone Cares Tutoring Program is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. They help children with reading, spelling, language, math, science and technology for three hours weekdays after school. Children are served either a meal or a healthy snack while being tutored and a take home snack after tutoring. The Someone Cares Soup Kitchen really focuses on helping the community and those in need. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen is always looking for volunteers for either of their programs.
For more volunteer information, visit their location 720 W 19th St, Costa Mesa CA, 92627
Reporter: Brian Luna