Legal-name: South Bay Center for Counseling
Previous-name: SBCC Thrive LA
Address: 540 N Marine AVe
Officer: Colleen Mooney, Executive Director
Annual: 6.1 million
ContactName: Cendy Andrade
Title: Director of Community Organizing
GrantPurpose: Provide food, critical supplies and emergency funds for most vulnerable
Periodoftime: 3 months
Audienceserved: low income, unemployed, food insecure, elderly, children
Demoofaudience: All ages, low income, immigrant families
Numberofserved: 70 families- 6 members per family: 4020 individuals
District: District 6, District 7, District 9
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : Within the past month, SBCC Thrive LA has been focused on finding different ways in which to provide food for families most in need. SBCC has been able to secure food from a local warehouse for 25 families who could not find anything at their local markets. Food has been delivered directly to households so that individuals do not feel like they have to leave their home. SBCC has also partnered with a local restaurant to deliver prepared meals to families of up to 6. These meals were an immediate need for families who felt like they didn’t have enough supplies to prepare a full meal. We have also been able to provide emergency supplies for families in the shape of toilet paper, hand soap, toothpaste, etc. Unfortunately, too many of the families that we work with have worried about access to basic hygiene items. Additionally, SBCC has been able to continue to provide counseling and mental health services to individuals who have experienced anxiety with the situation. In-person sessions and virtual sessions have been held by our onsite therapists. Lastly, one of the biggest resources that SBCC has been able to provide for residents is support with their children’s education. We have been able to deliver a preschool curriculum through our social media platforms. SBCC has also conducted one-on-one tutoring sessions for elementary and middle schools students who are having a difficult time working on the assignments given by their schools.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : This grant will further support allocation of resources in the Long Beach community. These funds will specifically be used to provide emergency food supplies to families in need. Because there are many families who have already lost their jobs or are too scared to leave their homes, SBCC will focus on obtaining groceries from local warehouses and identify potential local restaurants that we can partner with to provide hot meals for families. Funds will also be utilized to purchase emergency hygiene products for those families who have not been able to access necessary items such as diapers, wipes, and toilet paper.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? SBCC is primarily focused on helping low income families with children. However, at this time, we are dedicating our efforts to work with all community members who are in need. SBCC has large network of participants in both our community organizing and preschool programs. These families face hardships on a day to day basis, and are currently facing a much more difficult time due to lack of supplies in their communities. There are many families who have had their hours cut or have completely lost their jobs. At this time they do not know how they will continue to support their families. Food bank are experiencing a higher use than normal and cannot always supplies all families with what they need. SBCC’s efforts will allow us to target those families who are most impacted by the current crisis. We plan to assess our families with the help of our organizers and development coaches through one on ones in order to find what it is that families need most.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: SBCC Thrive LA has been hard at work trying to find assistance for the 10,000 residents from LA County that we work with. SBCC Thrive LA currently serves over 100 families in Long Beach with our connection groups that include multiple Preschool Without Walls classes, a garden Neighborhood Action Council group at Mark Twain library and a Fatherhood Engagement group in North Long Beach.
SBCC Thrive LA was has been lucky to receive The United Way Pandemic Relief Fund in the amount of $25000 that will serve meals to over 700 participants.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? SBCC Thrive LA has applied for funds from The Sempra Energy Foundation: Nonprofit Hardship Fund in the amount of $25000.