COVID19 Response

 As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the country, we stand committed as ever to serve our local communities. Our vital programs and services that focus on mental health, addiction treatment and recovery, health education, and community development are continuing in modified and safe ways, as we know our underserved populations need us right now. Families who have lost income still need food, neighborhoods are still being impacted by acts of violence, and seniors are struggling with loneliness more than ever. That’s why we do what we do. Here is how we’re helping:

Want to get involved? Please consider making a donation to our Neighborhood Enterprise Center and Emergency Food Distribution. 

View coverage of our CARE Box Distribution on KUSI News! 

Nearly all of UPAC’s clients live below the poverty line. Many have lost their primary source of income. Children are out of school, missing their free lunches. Seniors are physical distancing, unable to visit the grocery store. All of these individuals are facing food insecurity and we’ve developed our Emergency Food Distribution to help. We’re redirecting our Cafe Catering operations to create CARE Boxes for UPAC clients and Southeast San Diego residents in need.  Boxes include 2 – 4 days of food staples, fresh fruits and veggies, one hot “Cafe Meal” prepared in our kitchen, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and a game or activity  for each family. Boxes also include information about the virus and the Census in multiple languages. Distributions are held each Friday at the NEC and we have distributed over 1,900 boxes to-date.

Interested in signing up for a CARE Box? Please call our ACE Line at 619-500-1128 and follow the prompts. *We are currently at a 2 week+ waitlist. Please be patient as we are working hard to serve as many families as possible. 

Our Neighborhood Cafe, located at 5296 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105, is offering warm, affordable meals and a friendly smile! Come visit us Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm or call in your order at (619) 255-7644. You can feel confident knowing that safety comes first during this public health emergency. We have implemented the strictest food handling procedures and hold social distancing, sanitation, and quick service as our highest priorities.

With many households losing necessary income, it is important for UPAC to to keep the Cafe operating safely, as a majority of the employees are at-risk youth who help support their families. The Cafe offers them a positive outlet with hands-on job training and work experience, and we want to ensure this program continues. As a social enterprise, your support of The Neighborhood Cafe helps to train, employ, and inspire these local youth.
UPAC is committed to serving our clients in the safest means possible. Many of our services have adapted and begun utilizing telehealth methods, in an effort to stay connected and committed to client needs. We’re checking in with our seniors via telephone calls and continuing our addiction treatment and recovery programs, adult and adolescent mental health programs and community violence response teams. Even though we can’t physically be together, we’re still here as a community resource. We are extremely grateful to the community partners, collaborators and supporters who have stepped up to help in this time of need. If interested in supporting our organization, please consider making a donation to our Neighborhood Enterprise Center and Emergency Food Distribution to help us feed undeserved families impacted by COVID-19.