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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 11 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Community News Business News The Pizza Plant, a new plant-based Pasadena pizza shop, has kicked off a pizza donation program to support families through the healing power of food.As a part of its mission to promote the plant-based movement and support local communities, The Pizza Plant will donate a pizza to Union Station Homeless Services every time a patron purchases a pizza.If you ask Marvin V. Acuna, Founder and CEO of The Pizza Plant, and Ravi Choudhry, Co-Founder and CIO, why their business supports Union Station Homeless Services, their answer is simple: They want to be good neighbors and partner with an organization that was already impacting lives in the community.“As I grow older and ponder the meaning of life, I find myself returning to the same answer.” says Acuna. “It’s family, friends, and community. And as we considered how best to support the Pasadena community, Union Station Homeless Services emerged as the clear and absolute choice,”Led by Chef Rachel Carr, The Pizza Plant is located in Pasadena on Madison Avenue, at the corner of Green Street. However, Acuna and Choudhry have a vision of opening up to 1,000 stores in three years. Store number two is already opening in Venice this fall, and a custom food truck on its way. Of the 4,200 plus food trucks in the U.S., The Pizza Plant’s truck will be the only 100% organic, plant-based, pizza truck.For Union Station Homeless Services, support from The Pizza Plant is more than a food donation. “We were immediately drawn to the fact that The Pizza Plant has a philanthropic mission,” says Stephanie Harris, Director of Special Programs at Union Station. “The community awareness that these partnerships provide is so integral to the success of Union Station. When we can connect with their patrons and staff about the amazing work we are doing to rebuild lives in San Gabriel Valley, it inspires people to become part of the solution to end homelessness!”With 45 years of providing life-changing services, Union Station Homeless Services the largest homeless services provider in San Gabriel Valley. The nonprofit provides outreach, shelter, housing and supportive services to adults and families who are experiencing homelessness. Last year, they helped more than 700 find housing last year – that is nearly 2 people a day.So the next time you have a craving for pizza, consider The Pizza Plant. Aside from nourishing yourself with a pizza that is made with organic, whole plant based ingredients, each time you enjoy one of their pizzas, you can also feel great knowing that individuals and families experiencing challenges and homelessness are enjoying one too because of you.Want to be part of the solution? To volunteer or partner with Union Station Homeless Services, contact Stephanie Harris, Director of Special Programs, at [email protected] or call (626) 240-4550.For more information on The Pizza Plant or to order pizza for pickup or deliver, visit www.thepizzaplant.com.About Union Station Homeless ServicesUnion Station Homeless Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to helping adults and families experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our communities. Headquartered in Pasadena, Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency, assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families.Union Station believes every person deserves a life of dignity and a safe place to call home. With over 45 years of experience, Union Station proudly offers a full continuum of programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley; services including street outreach, intake assessments, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, and employment development.More information can be found on www.unionstationhs.org.
Several states are reporting that with the rate of unemployment continuing the way it is, they will most likely run out of unemployment benefits by the end of this year.“This is an unprecedented crisis,” Jared Walczak, state tax policy director for the nonprofit Tax Foundation told Newsy. “We have, during really the entire history of the unemployment compensation system, not seen something quite like this.”According to the report, there is no federal requirements for the amount of money states need to keep in their unemployment trust funds so many states were left largely unprepared for such a large number of residents to file for benefits.Over 22 million people have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic and many more will likely follow.“People have lost their jobs in a very short period of time,” Walczak said. “The state systems are overloaded. They’re having trouble even processing claims, getting the money out the door. But it is overwhelming those systems. It is overwhelming their finances.”Wyoming is the only state that has reported that they will be able to maintain their benefits after a year’s time.California, New York, and Ohio say they could be out of money by the end of April.In order to continue providing for those who are out of work, states will be able to take out interest-free loans from the federal government, however, the loan must be paid back within two years, and may become an extra burden for taxpayers.
Just like he did in 2018, Aruna Quadri has again taken his goodwill gestures to a Lagos-based children’s hospice.Barely two days after retaining his ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open title in Lagos with a 13, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-1 result against Austria’s Robert Gardos in the epic final, Quadri was accompanied with his wife, Ganiyat to the home as he donated food items and other materials. An official of Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice based in Surulere, Samuel Ilori, described Quadri’s gesture as commendable, adding the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open champion would be the second sportsman to have visited the home this year after football star, Henry Onyekuru did early this year.“We are very grateful to the Aruna family for remembering this home. This is a private hospice that relies on individual and group donations to sustain itself and with this gesture of Aruna Quadri, he has also given lives to others in need,” the social worker added.During the visit, Quadri toured the home and visited some of the children who are critically ill.In his remarks, the ping-pong star said the gesture was part of his appreciation to God for His goodness to him.“I’m very happy to have continued what we started last year and I give thanks to God for giving me the opportunity and touching my heart to show love to the less-privilege. I’m also very happy for what God has done for me so far this year, so this is a way of showing appreciation to God for His blessings on me and my family. By His grace, I will continue to do this and I pray to God to give me strength and everything that will be needed to keep doing this year after year,” stressed Aruna Quadri.He added: “I love making people happy and giving back as a sacrifice because I believe so much in God and whatever He has blessed us with, it is very important that we give part of it back to the society so that He can bless us more. This is one of the reasons I’m doing this.”The Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice was opened on October 2, 2003 in response to a steadily increasing number of abandoned, orphaned and sick children.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram