Coronavirus Relief Grant
Checkbox-571: #4, #5
Legal-name: California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center
Previous-name: Pools of Hope
Address: 6801 Long Beach Blvd.
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer-title: Executive Director
Contacttitle: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: Pools of Hope respectfully requests funding to provide emergency food distribution services twice a week for vulnerable, low-income, socially isolated residents in North Long Beach that are food insecure and at-risk of hunger.
Audienceserved: Food insecure, seniors, veterans, homeless, low-income families
Demoofaudience: Eighty percent of Pools of Hope’s clients are living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and 85% qualify for free or reduced-price programs. Our clientele is 40% African American, 30% Hispanic, 20% Caucasian, 5% Asian and 5% Pacific Islander. Individuals participating in Pools of Hope’s programs experience symptoms from a variety of health conditions including cerebral palsy, brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, stroke, limited mobility, chronic pain, orthopedic conditions and morbid obesity.
District: District 8 and 9 – North Long Beach
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : Pools of Hope is an essential resource in the community: ensuring that residents have access to the health and social services they need to thrive. During this time of crisis from COVID-19, we have switched gears to begin providing services online. We are offering wellness and exercise classes, as well as physical therapy, for clients. This is critical to keeping vulnerable, at-risk and aging residents from feeling isolated, to maintain a healthy well-being and regular exercise, and to keep everyone connected while staying safe at home. Pools of Hope has built its reputation by responding to emerging community needs – and right now, our goal is no different. We are continuing to seek support for this program and looking to partner with a variety of stakeholders to ensure we can implement services at full capacity.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?: Pools of Hope respectfully requests funds to support a food pantry, distributing twice a week, from our North Long Beach facility located—easily accessible on Long Beach Boulevard. This project will last a minimum of three months to reduce food insecurity among low- to very low-income residents, homeless, seniors, veterans, and disadvantaged children and families. Pools of Hope has the ability to provide hunger relief for hard-to-reach populations at our location and this is a critical service needed in the area.
Pools of Hope is partnering with the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion (LBCEI), Food Finders, and Councilmember Rex Richardson to implement #INTHISTOGETHER services. Hours of food distribution will be Thursdays (2pm-4pm) and Saturdays (11am-1pm). We are the only program in the North Long Beach area offering services twice per week, and we are the only food pantry facility that is not faith-based. Our accessibility will be critical to reaching our clients and neighbors who live with a disability, chronic illness, poverty, and food insecurity. Typically, when Pools of Hope offers a service to the community, more than 500 people show up at a time. We are expecting this at a minimum each day that we operate. Funding from the Long Beach Community Foundation and the City of Long Beach would support our expenses for staff, facility costs, and supplies for distribution and safety.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : Pools of Hope will serve low- to very low-income individuals experiencing hunger and food insecurity. Our clients have physical and developmental disabilities, chronic illness, permanent injuries and symptoms of aging. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we are particularly concerned about the vulnerable populations we serve—in addition to the at-risk residents in the area that may be experiencing homelessness, unemployment, and social isolation.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: Pools of Hope has a pending grant with the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation for $20,000 to support general operating expenses.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We have requested funding from The Ahmanson Foundation for technology support to provide online exercise and telehealth services for socially isolated seniors. Pools of Hope will continue fundraising efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to support both the food pantry and online wellness services. Funding from the LBCF and City of Long Beach would make a significant impact on our ability to serve and ensure that no Long Beach residents go hungry during their greatest time of need.