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Adopt a Unit

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UBH's Adopt a Unit Program was featured in the LA Times!

 

Thank you for your interest in our Adopt-A-Unit Program at Family Shelter in Culver City!

 

When adopting a unit at Family Shelter, adopters are adopting that unit for 1 year. Each unit will house 4 families per year (each family stays up to 90 days). Adopters spend approximately $1,000-$1,500 to supply a unit for an entire year, meaning those funds will cover adopting the unit for all 4 families it will house.

 

The Adopt-A-Unit program consists of three components: 

 

(1) Fundraising

(2) Purchasing the household items for 4 families (see list below)

(3) Supplying the unit every 90 days, or, you can store your items at UBH and UBH will furnish your unit with your items for you.

 

***An alternative to this is to adopt a unit with a financial contribution of $1,250. We will do all the shopping & furnishing for you!

 

When adopting a unit at Family Shelter for the year, UBH will put your name(s) or company/club/group's name on a plaque at the unit's door saying "adopted by....." in a show of appreciation.

 

Typically, an individual or a group of volunteers will spend a few hours shopping for the items, and then a less than an hour to complete furnishing the actual unit. We are happy to store you unit's items, and refresh the unit after each family leaves. Likewise, you can do this yourself. If you choose to refresh your unit yourself every 90 days, we will coordinate with you to give you as much lead time as possible, typically about 7 days in advance. We appreciate your flexibility!

 

Below is the list of items that each new family entering our program at Family Shelter will need. UBH provides the beds, eating table & chairs, drawers, microwave and a mini- fridge. There is no need to add any large furniture items.

 

**Everything you install into the apartment, each of your 4 families will be taking with them when they move out to permanent housing, approximately 90 days later!

 

Please note that we seek only new items with regards to bedding, towels, and kitchen items. 

 

We are happy to provide you with a tax receipt for all purchases related to adopting a unit.  Upward Bound House will not be able to provide reimbursements for items you purchase (ie. please don't write us a check, and then ask us to write you a check). 

 

We are deeply appreciative of your support!  You play a crucial role in making the families feel welcomed into their new home, so thank you for being an Adopter. Feel free to contact Krystle Ruiz with questions and/or suggestions about the program. I look forward to hearing from you.

  

Adopting a Unit at Family Shelter

Shopping List

 

Sleeping Quarters (have 1 full bed, and 2 twin beds)

Full bed sheet set:                 1 set x 4 = 4 full sized sheet sets

Twin bed sheet set:               2 sets x 4 = 8 twin sized sheet sets

Comforters full bed:               1 x 4 = 4 full sized duvets    

Comforters twin beds:            2 x 4 = 8 twin sized duvets

Pillows:                                   4 x 4 = 16 bed pillows

** PLEASE NOTE: "Bed in a Bag" is an easy way to furnish bedding                                     

 

 

Bathroom

Large Bath towels:                4 x 4 = 16 large sized bath towels

Hand towels:                         4 x 4 = 16 hand towels

Wash cloths:                         4 x 4 = 16 wash cloths

Bath mat:                               1 x 4 = 4 bath mats

Shower curtain:                     1 x 4 = 4 shower curtains & rings

Soap dish:                             1 x 4 = 4 soap dishes

Toothbrush holder:                1 x 4 = 4 toothbrush holders

**PLEASE NOTE: "Towel sets" are an easy way to furnish towels     

 

Kitchen

Dish towels:                           3 x 4 = 12 dish towels

Set of Tupperware                1 x 4 = 4 small sets of basic Tupperware

Re-usable cutlery:                 service for 4 x 4 = service for 16 of reusable plastic cutlery

Cutlery caddy:                        1 x 4 = 4 cutlery caddies

Re-usable plastic plates         4 x 4 = 16 reusable plastic plates

Re-usable plastic bowls:        4 x 4 = 16 reusable plastic bowls

Re-usable plastic cups:          4 x 4 = 16 reusable plastic cups

 

Misc..

Alarm clock radio                  1 x 4 = 4 alarm clocks

Medium trash can                 1 total

Pack n' Play & sheets           1 total (needed for infants)

 

Adopt an Apartment

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UBH's Adopt an Apartment program was featured in the LA Times!

Families often come to our program with few personal possessions.  With your generous support and help, we are able to transform empty apartments into welcoming homes.

When adopting an Apartment at Family Place in Santa Monica, adopters are adopting an apartment which will house one family. A family typically stays in their apartment at Family Place from 9 months to 1 year.

The Adopt-An-Apartment program consists of three components: 

(1) fundraising

(2) purchasing the household items

(3) making over the apartment

Adopters spend approximately $1,000-$1,500 to fully equip an apartment each time a new family enters our program. Big furniture items are not needed. Please see list below.

We are happy to provide you with a tax receipt for all purchases related to the apartment makeover.  Please note that Upward Bound House will not provide reimbursements for items you purchase (ie. please don't write us a check, and then ask us to write you a check). 

Typically, an individual or a group of volunteers will spend several hours shopping for the items, and then a few hours to complete the actual apartment 'make over.'  We will coordinate with you to give you as much lead time as possible about the needed make-over date, typically about 10 days in advance. Sometimes we don't know the incoming family's profile until a week in advance.

We appreciate your flexibility! Makeovers are best done Monday-Friday, 9:00am-8:00pm as we only have a skeleton staff on weekends, but if weekends are the only option, we will accommodate you.

**Everything you install into the apartment, your family will be taking with them when they move out to permanent housing!

Below is the list of items that each new family entering our program typically needs. Items with a * next to them are "suggested". UBH provides the beds, eating table & chairs, drawers, microwave and a fridge. There is not enough space to add large furniture items such as coffee tables, and end tables. But we encourage our volunteers to add special touches, details and warmth to an apartment with decorative items such as decorative bathroom and kitchen items, pottery, books or flowers.

Please note that we seek only new items with regards to bedding, towels, kitchen items and if you choose, clothing.  In order to keep apartment walls looking like new, we ask that no holes be made in the walls to hang items such as mirrors and picture frames, but you can hang peel-off, paint friendly decals.  However, please check with us first if you'd like to use adhesives on the walls. Lastly, please be aware that candles and wall paint/wallpaper are prohibited in the apartments.

We are deeply appreciative of your support!  You play a crucial role in making the families feel welcomed into their new home, so thank you for being an Adopter. Feel free to contact Krystle Ruiz (kruiz@upwardboundhouse.org) with questions and/or suggestions about the program. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Upward Bound House - Adopt an Apartment      * notes "suggested"

Items for Bedrooms:

For infants (only if applicable):

  • Crib
  • Mattress & Mattress pad
  • Crib bedding set & sheets
  • *Lamp/Nightlight
  • *Diapers & Wipes
  • Bed rail for toddler (if applicable)

Child or Adult:

  • Comforter (1 per resident)
  • Sheet set (1 per resident)
  • Pillows & cases (1 per resident)
  • *Lamp/Nightlight
  • Alarm Clock (for adults)
  • *First Aid Kit

 

 

Items for Kitchen:

  • Set of Pots & Pans
  • Baking dish
  • Toaster
  • Plates (service for 4)
  • Cereal Bowls
  • Silverware/Cutlery Tray (min. 4)
  • *Vegetable Peeler
  • *Can Opener
  • Measuring Cups
  • *Measuring Spoons
  • Colander
  • *Water Pitcher
  • *Ice Cube Trays
  • *Cookie Jar
  • Glasses (8)
  • Paper towel holder & paper towels

  • Coffee Pot/Teakettle
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Cutting Board
  • Set of Knives
  • Wooden Spoon(s)
  • Spatula
  • *Tongs
  • Serving Spoon(s)
  • Salt & Pepper Shakers
  • Dish Rack/Drainer
  • *Fridge Magnets
  • Dish Towels
  • Set of Placemats (4)
  • *Vase (for fresh flowers)
  • Tupperware set
  • Large Trash Can (white or metal)
  • *Scissors

 

 

Items for bathroom:

  • Shower Curtain & rod
  • Shower Curtain Liner
  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Bath Mat
  • Bath Towels (4)
  • Hand Towels (4)
  • Washcloths (4)
  • *Shampoo (kid/adult)
  • *Plunger
  • *Conditioner
  • *Toothpaste
  • *Toothbrushes 
  • Toothbrush holder
  • *Soap (bars)
  • Soap dish
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet Brush
  • Bathroom waste Basket

 

 

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Sponges
  • Trash Can & Bags
  • *Rubber Gloves
  • *Broom & Dust Pan
  • *Mop & Bucket
  • *Laundry detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Cleaning products (Windex, Lysol etc.)
  • *Paper Lunch Bags
  • *Aluminum Foil
  • *Ziploc Bags
  • *Saran Wrap
  • *Febreeze

 

 

Other Suggested Items:

  • *New or lightly used cribs, bassinets, bouncy chairs, Pack 'n Plays
  • *Light bulbs
  • *Throw rug
  • *Children's Table & Chairs (lightly used or plastic from 99ยข store ok)
  • *Power strip
  • *Bean bag chairs

 

 

 

 

Adopt a Family

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Each holiday season we strive to have our resident families adopted by the community.
Adopters provide holidays gifts based on their family's profile, and "wish list". Families are adopted each year beginning in October. If interested in being a part of this program, please contact our Youth Education & Volunteer Services Coordinator, Katie Camp at:

Email: kcamp@upwardboundhouse.org

Tel: 310.458.7779 ext. 217
 

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