Beach Cities Interfaith Services, or BCIS, has recently celebrated their grand re-opening. Located now in a new portable bungalow off of Gothard Street in Huntington Beach, they are now able to resume their efforts in coordinating financial and human resources to assist people in need. BCIS is also dedicated to feeding the hungry and currently offers non-perishable pantry goods and sack lunches Monday through Friday. When I scheduled my visit to their new facility, I called and talked to Carol Sneary, our main contact at BCIS. As I drive up to their new location, I am pleased to see that under the Beach Cities Interfaith Services name on the new building are the words “Carol Sneary Center”. Carol started volunteering at BCIS in 1990 and now serves as their Program Administrator.
I’m impressed with the well-rounded assistance that BCIS offers their clients. In addition to food, hygiene, clothing and utility assistance, other creative services are also offered. They can provide monetary checks (made payable directly to the DMV) so that clients are able to get California IDs. They have a P.O. Box that is made available to their clients who don’t necessarily have a permanent mailing address. Referral help is offered so that the BCIS clients are able to navigate the CalFresh program with assistance. BCIS also works closely with West Pharmacy to get emergency prescriptions filled for people who need them – West Pharmacy fills the prescriptions and then bills BCIS directly who then pays them on behalf of their client.
Before I leave BCIS, their staff unloads the 305 pounds of canned food out of my car that I have brought with me from the Food Finders warehouse. This food is from our Summer Canned Food Drive and Beach Cities Interfaith Services is thrilled to receive it. And plans are in the works to provide them with much needed family food boxes in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
On to the next agency…