The Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center urgently needs funding to provide emergency food vouchers to clients. Unfortunately, due to a limited budget, the LBTRC was only provided with $1500 to fund vouchers for an entire year. These funds were depleted in just a few shorts months, despite being reserved for emergency situations.
As a partnership between California State University, Long Beach and St. Mary Medical Center, the Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center was founded to address barriers to mental health services in diverse communities. We seek to improve the daily lives of people affected by violence, crime, and trauma by providing them with comprehensive services. The services we provide are at no cost to our clients.
The LBTRC needs funding to provide emergency food vouchers to clients who are in need. Food vouchers are provided to clients in crisis situations when their lives have been severely disrupted by crime victimization.
For example, a mother who loses her husband and economic provider to a shooting or a domestic violence victim who must flee their home with nothing in order to escape violence. Trauma and crime victimization are extremely disruptive to the lives of those affected, and disproportionately affect those of lower socioeconomic status who do not have the resources to maintain themselves during times of crisis. Emergency food vouchers allow our clients to meet a basic need, food, while they navigate both the legal and emotional complexities that emerge after victimization.
Please help us raise $5,000, which will allow us to distribute food vouchers to our clients in need for the next 18 months.