Legal-name: City Church of Long Beach
Address: PO Box 16051
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501c3 (Church)
Officer: Bill White and Brenna Rubio, Co-Pastors
Annual: 2019 Budget: $189,316
ContactName: Bill White
GrantPurpose: To provide food assistance to members of our community who are unable to provide for themselves due to health and/or financial hardships.
Periodoftime: 3 months
Audienceserved: Low income families as well as families with health risks and disabilities.
Demoofaudience: We will be serving a multi-etnic demographic with ages ranging from young children to the elderly. All of the families we will be serving are low-income families. Of the 25 families we have started serving already, 65% are Latino, 20% Black, 4% Asian/Pacific Islander and 12% unknown. Almost all of the families we are currently serving have students at Lafayette Elementary School, where 84% of students qualify for free/reduced lunches.
Numberofserved: Currently we’re serving about 100 individuals in 25 large families and we would like to at least triple that
District: The majority of these families have students at Lafayette Elementary School (where our church met on Sundays). They live in districts 6, 1, and 7 primarily
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : We have been providing food on a weekly basis to low-income and health challenged families here in our community. We have a team of 24 volunteers who fill different roles: some ascertain need, some contact families, some purchase the needed items (food and cleaning supplies) and some deliver the items to the different families in need.
The money to fund this service has been provided in the form of restricted donations from our church’s parishioners as well as through discretionary funds that our Board of Directors have approved for this purpose.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding? This grant will allow us to continue providing the service referenced above, beyond our current restricted and discretionary funds. This grant will also allow us to expand our reach by enabling us to serve more families, which is currently limited, based on the amount of funds we have been allocated. What we’ve found is that while the food/supplies are the presenting need (and a very real one), the personal interaction and support has been essential in keeping these families in a good spot.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : We will primarily be assisting members of our community from Districts 6/1/7 who are low-income families as well as families with health risks and disabilities. The majority of these families have students at Lafayette Elementary School (and we’ve been working with the school counselor, principal, and teachers to assess need).
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: We have currently not applied for any other disaster recovery funds.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : We have currently not applied for any other disaster recovery funds.