The aroma of crisp baked bread with warm melting mozzarella cheese and sweet rich ripe tomato sauce reached their nostrils as they saw a black pickup truck filled with pizza boxes approach the curbside. Residents and staff at the Orange County Rescue Mission knew immediately that they were in for a treat!
Christopher Yagerman and his wife Courtney journeyed a mile and a half to the local pizza parlor to pick up 50 large pizzas to feed the 200 residents and staff at the Mission. Yagerman is one of the employees from LaborLawCenter who dedicated their Saturday morning to serve lunch.
LaborLawCenter is a leading compliance poster company in the United States, providing compliance solutions to small, medium, and large businesses nationwide.
This outreach is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to give back to the community.
LaborLawCenter crew take a group photo after serving the residents and staff at the Mission
"LaborLawCenter is a socially conscious company committed to giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve," said Mary-Joy Gamueda, Marketing Manager.
OC Rescue Mission is a transitional housing facility for homeless men, women, and children. The kitchen staff normally takes the weekends off, so companies are encouraged to sponsor a lunch to the residents.
The pizza lunch is a favorite treat by the residents as well as the soda because the Mission usually provides just juice and water. The salad was hardly touched, though the ranch dressing was repeatedly visited for dipping.
"It was well worth the time to see the smiles that we brought to people's faces," said Yagerman about the experience.
Kevin Boyle enjoyed his time and said, "I'm glad to be part of touching people's lives."
Just as serving their neighbors was gratifying, Heather Gilbert found another joy with these outreach projects. “Volunteering with my fellow co-workers was an amazing bonding experience! We came together like a family while giving back to a great cause in our local community.”
Rachel Rodriguez echoes Gilbert’s response by adding, “It brought me closer to my coworkers and impacted the lives of others in need.”
Josh Moepono speaks for the crew when he said “I loved it and I can’t wait to go back.”