The school provides free faith-based education to homeless children, in an effort to break the cycle of poverty in the community. Additionally, Precious Lamb can connect parents with resources such as a social worker and addiction counselor, if needed.
For fundraising, community members are encouraged to support the nonprofit with a monthly donation of $20 or a one-time gift.
“We’ve been in the community and served it for so long, we can raise funds to celebrate this momentous occasion and in hopes that we can continue to be here for the next 20 years and continue to make a difference,” Precious said. Lamb developmental director Alexandra Gray.
Since opening its doors to students in 2002, Precious Lamb has supported 550 children aged 18 months to 5 years with free full-time preschool.
“Our hope for the next 20 years is that we can expand our reach and provide a safe place for young children beyond homelessness, whether they live in poverty or are military children,” said Gray said.
Gray is also hoping for the addition of an on-site social worker; currently, associate social workers are assisting part-time parents on Zoom.
With free preschool education, children can enter kindergarten better prepared, while allowing parents to work without worrying about childcare, Gray said.
Precious Lamb is dedicated to maintaining a one to four teacher-child ratio, with a volunteer in the classroom to provide children with the personal attention they need.
“We’re so committed to making sure they hit those really big milestones before they go to kindergarten because they have so much work against them,” Gray said. “There are so many obstacles that come with being homeless and experiencing trauma at such a young age.”
Money raised throughout the fundraiser will be used to hire more qualified teachers as well as provide additional school materials, she said.
In an effort to raise awareness and raise funds for the organization, Precious Lamb is including an addition to its fundraiser: longtime supporter and Long Beach resident, Tom Cordóva, will walk 100 miles from San Diego to Long Beach from February 9. at 11.
“Places like Precious Lamb can help feed at a time when it’s so important and sadly expensive for a parent without means,” he said.
While marching, Cordóva will carry a double-sided flag with a Venmo QR code to encourage donations to the nonprofit organization.
Cordova has already attempted the walk once; in 2020, he traveled from Long Beach to San Diego, in five days instead of three.
“I know I can do five, so it’s not going to be fun,” he said. “I’m just going to try to do something that I don’t know if I can do it or not, and it will make me really happy if I can do it.”
While his 2020 walk was more focused on spreading the message of kindness, he looks forward to supporting Precious Lamb this year.
“I am honored to raise awareness of the need for an organization that puts itself at the center of the challenge of making a difference,” he said.
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