Legal-name: The Guidance Center
Address: 1301 Pine Avenue
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Patricia Costales, LCSW
ContactName: Lorraine Lyou
Title: Chief Development Officer
GrantPurpose: The Guidance Center proposes to provide housing/rental/utilities assistance, and food and household goods support for current clients
Periodoftime: Nine to 12 months
Audienceserved: economically disadvantaged children and their families struggling with food insecurity, risk of homelessness, under employment or unemployment, health issues.
Demoofaudience: Age range: 0-18; Ethnicity: Latinx, African-American, Caucasian, Asian, Pacific-Islander
District: District 1
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : For the past four weeks, The Guidance Center has focused on its core mission to provide mental health treatment to our communities most vulnerable. We have transitioned our service delivery model to remote care. Clinicians are providing clinical sessions via Zoom while a minimal number of staff is onsite at our Long Beach headquarters. This allows us to process intakes, see clients who do not have the technical resources to participate in sessions remotely or do not have adequate space for a private clinical session (ie, a client living with his five siblings, parents and grandparents in a one-bedroom apartment).
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : The Guidance Center proposes to use these emergency relief funds to provide housing/rental/utilities assistance, and food and household goods support for current clients who have exhausted all other avenues or are not eligible for other relief funds.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : The Guidance Center proposes to help approximately 75-100 current clients and their families. The children we serve come from the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in our community. With childcare, schools and after-school providers closed, children are socially isolated, feeling alone and scared. This is of great concern for those who are living in unsafe homes. Families are under a tremendous amount of stress and financial strain, with many losing their jobs or finding themselves sick with this horrible virus.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? To date, The Guidance Center has not received any federal, state or local disaster relief assistance.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? : The Guidance Center has applied for funds through the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the Small Business Administration as part of the CARES Act. Additionally, the agency has applied for a $100,000 general operating support grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.