2020 in Review

January 27, 2021

JANUARY 27, 2021

2020 was the most challenging year we have had as an organization in the thirteen years I have served at Precious Lamb. Your faithful support has sustained us and allowed us to serve our families in more tangible and creative ways. Despite having to close in-person school for almost four months, your incredible generosity provided for our former and current families beyond the four walls of a classroom. Despite the lows, 2020 had many highs, including:

• Providing full time, free, Christ-centered early education and care for 50 children

• Coronavirus relief, including 1,011 hot meals, 206 gallons of milk, 610 bags of groceries and fruit, $8,600 in rent assistance, 123 boxes of cleaning supplies, 195 rolls of toilet paper, 120 activity kits, 100 cases of diapers and wipes, and 775 hours of phone support and tele-therapy

• Raising $882,000 last year, with 80% applying to direct classroom costs to educate our most disenfranchised. Gift in-Kind donations and services equaled $23,000

• Participating in Long Beach Gives. In our first year, we well out-raised our goal of $20,000 and placed 12th on the leaderboard, out of 154 local non-profits

• Our Gala went Virtual! Over 100 households tuned in to watch the program, including highlights with our staff, parents, children, and pandemic response. Thanks to our supportive community, over $135,000 was raised • Launching the Scholarship Assistance Program to support parents pursuing higher education full-time. With a wrap-around support team, including Social Worker and Therapist Aseye Allah, Financial Mentor Rhonda Coleman, Spiritual Mentor Holly Thraves, and Board Advisor Ayda Ghebrezghi, the recipients, Monica and Lakisha, blossomed despite a year filled with setbacks. Monica is transferring to CSULB in the fall with the goal of becoming a CPA, and next month Lakisha will graduate school to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and will officially join our Mentoring Team for PL parents

• 200 new donors, businesses, and foundations chose to support Precious Lamb this year!

As difficult as last year was, what kept us moving forward was God’s grace and our amazing community who made sure our families and staff knew they were not alone during a scary and unsettling time. Thank you. I do not have adequate words to express my sincere and overwhelming gratitude for you. May you be blessed for your partnership and prayers, and may 2021 bring everyone health, peace and joy.