Legal-name: Precious Lamb Preschool
Previous-name: Erin Wilson
Address: 2005 Palo Verde Ave. PMB 301
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501 C 3
Officer: Lailanie Jones, Executive Director
ContactName: Erin Wilson
Title: Development Director
GrantPurpose: Provide grocery and home essentials, hot meals, and children items to young families experiencing homelessness
Periodoftime: Current-June 30, 2020
Audienceserved: Low Income, Homeless, Food inscure, Children, Substance Abuse, At-Risk, Domestic Violence,
Demoofaudience: Primarily children and young parents, minorities/non-white, and under the poverty line
District: All, but primarily districts, 1,2, 4, 6, 7, 8
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? Our staff quickly mobilized to continue to serve families and young children experiencing homelessness in a different way (once we learned we could not provide full time education for the weeks to come). The initial response included delivering food, milk, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, blankets and basic pantry items. On day one we provided essential items to 33 families. The next phase of our response was checking in by phone with each family on a regular basis, to find out what needs the family had, including mental health concerns (we are currently creating a schedule for phone therapy with our staff social worker so she may provide support to all families.)
Through our conversations with parents over the last few days, we learned many do not have access to an oven, or certain kitchen equipment is faulty (either due to not being addresses by landlord, or inability to let in repairmen), and cooking some pantry items has been a challenge. To address these immediate concerns, Precious Lamb has begun providing hot dinners, discounted and delivered by local restaurants. The first night meals were provided for over 50 people, directly to their homes, at no charge. By the end of this week we expect to provide a total of 250 meals to 40 different families in the greater Long Beach area living in temporary housing and/or under the poverty line (this does not include our families in shelters where they’re already providing meals).
To our best ability, teachers have been providing online activities and videos for each student. Many parents have said that their children are missing their teachers, classmates, and don’t understand why they can’t go to school. This leaves both child and parent feeling frustrated, and since 90% of are families are single parent households, there is not much time or resources to take time to help a child cope. Our teachers are making personal videos for each child to help them feel connected and not forgotten. For the very few families still working or attending school on-line, we have offered to pay for sitters of their choosing.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : These are all immediate responses to crises as they arise. We know not are all feasible to carry on long term. With financial assistance provided by this grant, Precious Lamb can afford to continue to provide meals to our most needy families (those without cars, additional adults in household, or family living nearby). Funding would also support providing household items and groceries for families who have lost income and/or on food stamps, which greatly hinder what products can be purchased. Precious Lamb intends to support families, beyond what we currently offer year long, by offering assistance for those cannot achieve it on their own. This includes delivering items, buying in bulk and wholesale, paying for childcare until we re-open, offering tele-therapy and mental and emotional support, connecting parents with remote AA and NA meetings, and delivering activity boxes and crafts for kids.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? : recious Lamb provides full time early education to children experiencing homelessness in the greater Long Beach area at no charge. Since 2002 we have served over 600 children and their parents. To be eligible, parents and guardians must currently be enrolled in school, substance abuse rehabilitation, counseling, job training, and living in temporary housing (motel, shelters, crisis pregnancy or domestic violence homes, or sober living). Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness, one child a time. We believe education is the clearest way out of poverty, and that serving the whole family will increase the likelihood of breaking this cycle. Most of our families are second or third generation homeless and do no have any familial support. Since this crisis has forced us to temporarily close our doors, it has created a strain for our parents, who have lost substance abuse support, ability to work, go to school, and receive counseling, as well as basic needs for the family like education, food, and transportation.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: Precious Lamb is fully funded by individual donors, businesses, grants and churches. In response to our COVID-19 outreach, we have received $14,000 in small gifts made by individuals in our community.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : We have not applied for any additional grants or FEMA aid related to our COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.