Drop-in-Center is a community center for homeless people and the working poor in down town Long Beach. We strive to provide a haven from the weather and the harsh conditions of the streets on Sunday afternoons.

Computer Lab Our Computer lab provides access to the internet, to find work, write resumes, find family or just surf the web. A sixteen workstation computer lab and an instructor are available to help anyone who may need it. The instructor will assist our guests with learning new computer skills in order to broaden their job opportunities. If you are talented in that area, we can use more volunteers.

The Paperwork Preservation Project(P3) Homeless people carry important personal papers around which often get lost, stolen or destroyed by the weather. The Paperwork Preservation Project (P3) offers an innovative solution to the problem. We can scan the papers to “back up” files and send them to each person’s private e-mail account. Lost information can then be recovered at any time.

The Visiting Nurse We also have a nurse who comes once a month. This dedicated volunteer monitors blood pressure, blood sugar and helps with wound care. The nurse provides what information and council our guests may need often addressing questions about depression, addiction issues and many other health concerns

Urban Camping Supplies provides clothing, plastic tarps, blankets, sleeping bags, dehydrated food, hygiene kits, detergents and other items necessary to survive the hardship of living in the parks and on the streets.

Our Wish List: Personal Care Items Brushes/Combs Hand wipes /alcohol swabs Men’s and women’s hygiene products Band aids, antibiotic cream , first aid items Tiny Toiletries: Soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, Vaseline, lotions, tooth brushes, razors etc. Lip balm

Specific Clothing Items Belts – large belts are hard to find. Shoes Socks – all sizes. Sweat pants Sweaters, Sweatshirts Work Pants – (jeans and khaki’s) all sizes

Important Miscellaneous Items Books (hardback and paperback) Current newspapers and magazines. (Please remove your name from any subscriptions.) Plastic tarps and blankets Small rolls of toilet paper Suitcases with wheels Pull top canned foods

Sunday Volunteer Schedule:

Our Volunteer Day starts at 8:00 AM. Join us for a couple of hours or stay for the day or at least the afternoon.

  • Food Preparation – 8:00AM–11:30AM
  • Preparation to Food Service – 10:00AM–2:00PM
  • Transition /Set up – 11:30AM–12:30PM
  • Food Service – 12:30PM–4:00PM
  • Closing and Clean-up – 2:00PM–5:00PM


Volunteering for the computer lab, from 12:30PM–4:30PM, requires technical knowledge. Please contact Roger Holman.

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