Legal-name: Christian Outreach Appeal
Previous-name: Christian Outreach in Action
Address: 515 East Third Street
City: Long Beach
Officer: Dixie Dohrmann, Executive Director
ContactName: Dixie Dohrmann
Title: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: Food Relief for the Most Vulnerable Long Beach Residents During COVID-19
Periodoftime: 9 Months
Audienceserved: Low-income, Homeless, Food Insecure, Elderly, Women and Children
Demoofaudience: All ages, Low-Income, all ethnicities
Funding: 9 months
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : COA has been serving food and providing essential services in Long Beach since 1981. COA’s programs provide a safety-net for families on the verge of homelessness and hunger. The majority of those COA serves are hard-working individuals with one or more jobs, but facing difficult choices like paying rent or paying for their family’s next meal.
With the help of more than 900 volunteers and in-kind support from community partners, restaurants, and businesses, COA provides hunger relief programs and basic necessities to those in need:
• Meal Program – COA serves more than 130,000 hot meals annually, reaching an estimated 5,000 low-income individuals. We are proud to be the only organization in Long Beach to serve hot meals 7-days-a-week.
• Social Services – Reaching an estimated 5,000 individuals per year, COA’s growing social services include a food bank, clothing, and household items bank, a diaper bank, and pet food bank.
• Men’s Housing Program – Helps 12 chronically homeless individuals stay off the streets every year.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, COA has taken extra precautions to keep staff, volunteers and clients safe during this time. COA continued to provide hot meals, food and diapers to those who most need it.
Starting March 14, 2020, the following changes to our regular services were implemented:
– Hot meals: All meals are distributed in brown bags to-go and will be distributed outside of the Third Street doors at the start of our regular meal times and end at its normal time. Breakfast – Every day, 7 am – 8 am. Lunch – Saturdays and last Sunday of the month – 11 am to noon. Dinner – Monday to Friday – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
– Food bank: Food items will be assembled in grab-and-go bags. They will be distributed outside of the metal gates on Linden Avenue. Services hours will remain the same on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to noon.
– Diapers: Diapers will be distributed outside our Third Street doors. Service hours will remain the same on Fridays from 10 am to noon.
The weekly Clothing & Household Items Bank will be suspended until further notice. COA will provide an update about the program as further information becomes available.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : COA will continue to provide food and other essential services to reach the most vulnerable Long Beach residents through the COVID-19 pandemic. For 40 years, COA has continuously served meals to those in need in our community. And we continue to do so 7-days-a-week. However, the lines are getting longer while the food supply is dwindling.
With the help of the Long Beach Community Foundation grant, COA will address some of the challenges the organization is encountering during the pandemic:
– Grocery Stores – Partner stores that once donated excess produce and food no longer have extra food to give.
– Thrift Store – COA’s thrift store Clark & Atherton Mercantile, which provided modest income to support our free services, had to be closed. A daily funding stream ceased. COA must look for alternative funding sources to replace this lost income.
With the grant from Long Beach Community Foundation, COA will be able to provide meals, food, and other essential services on the front lines while addressing some of the immediate challenges related to dwindling resources.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? : COA serves low-income and homeless individuals and families through hot meals and hunger relief programs in Long Beach. COA serves the working poor, mentally and physically disabled, impoverished seniors, single mothers and children, and those struggling with addictions. COA serves an estimated 18,500 individuals every year. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, COA is seeing an increased number of individuals waiting for help.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: COA has not received any other disaster recovery funds.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : COA has not applied for any other disaster recovery funds to date but plans to seek funding opportunities in the coming weeks.