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Riverside County seeks volunteers to help count homeless population on Jan. 28

stock-footage-homeless-family-shot-in-riverside-california-in-january-ofVolunteers are needed to participate in a survey of homeless people in cities and communities throughout Riverside County on January 28.

The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Homeless Programs Unit has commissioned the bi-annual homeless counts since 2005, when a count and survey was first required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This year, DPSS will organize the event using volunteers from the community, county agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless population.

The federally mandated count takes place every year in late January. In January 2014, DPSS received funding through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs to do a special count of homeless veterans.

DPSS is recruiting about 400 volunteers at community meetings countywide.  Prospective volunteers can register and receive information at www.riversidehomelesscounts.com. Volunteers must be willing and able to walk into areas where homeless people might be living, and conduct the brief survey on streets, in abandoned buildings, at freeway overpasses and underpasses, in vehicles, encampments and other areas. The survey is scheduled from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Volunteers are also being sought to go to places where homeless people may be receiving services, such as soup kitchens, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Each volunteer will be required to participate in a 90-minute orientation.  A schedule of orientations throughout the county is available on the website.

In 2013, 2,098 homeless people were identified in Riverside County during the annual survey.

For more information, please send an email to RivCoPIT@RiversideDPSS.org or (951) 358-4470.

Jasper’s Corner free tutoring program at Community Center

REDLANDS, CA- Jasper’s Corner, a free tutoring program offered by the University of Redlands, is again being offered at the Redlands Community Center.

The University of Redlands, in partnership with the City of Redlands, is pleased to offer “Jasper’s Corner,” a free tutoring service for middle school children in grades 6 to 8 at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, every week, Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Jasper’s Corner program was started by the University of Redlands to provide free homework assistance from college tutors to children and teens throughout the community, and assists students with a variety of subjects including math, English, and science.

To inquire about openings in the program, please call the Jasper’s Corner main line at (909) 335-5116, the University of Redlands Office of Community Service Learning at (909) 748-8288, or contact the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572, or contact the Community Center by e-mail atRecreationStaff@cityofredlands.org.

Business Profile: WHAT-TA STEAK

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WHAT-TA STEAK is the name of the Inland Empire’s number 1 restaurant for lovers of Philadelphia’s name-sake sandwich, the world famous Philly Cheese-Steak Sandwich, says Cornelyo, the restaurant’s owner. Best known for its Philly sandwiches, (cheese-steak, pastrami, and the What Ta Steak) and its delicious chicken bowls, WHAT-TA STEAK offers more sandwiches, bowls, burgers and many delicious sides.

The restaurant is a mom and pop business owned and operated by Cornelyo and Lue Maria Bueno.  They want you to feel like you’re at home, whether you are dining in or taking out. According to Cornelyo All the food is made with real family recipes using the high quality meats and ingredients that you serve at home to your loved ones.

He states, “I am proud of our food. Not just because I know what it is, but because my customers say it is very delicious.”

Cornelyo smiled and confidently closed with, “And they prove they mean it by coming back! Our goal is to serve and satisfy our customers 100 percent.”

WHAT-TA STEAK is close to the freeway and three blocks East of the 215, located at 546 W. Baseline Street, one block West of “E” Street in San Bernardino (92410).  You can call-in you order by dialing (909) 885-5288.