Category Archives: Support

Consider Giving to CityHeART

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CityHeART began as a grassroots artist collective in January, 2016. Our goal was simple: tell true stories about the city. As we went out into the community to learn about the topics we wanted to cover (homelessness, human trafficking, addiction, PTSD, sexual assault, etc.), we met people like Jo-Jo, living on the streets of Downtown Long Beach.

Jo-Jo sits for an interview with CityHeART along the LA Riverbed in February, 2016.

We discovered that, of course, Jo-Jo needed food, water, clothing, blankets, toiletry items … but she would also need help finding a job, help finding a rehab program, help filling her soul as well as her stomach so that she could make it all the way through the journey of recovery that she would be walking.

We told Jo-Jo’s story to raise awareness of what she had been through and how she ended up living along the LA Riverbed, but we discovered that telling stories and raising awareness would never be enough — we  wanted to take action on behalf of the stories we told.

So we began building a program that would not only feed the bodies of those in need in Long Beach, but one that would feed their minds and souls as well.

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Through much collaboration and community partnerships, we have grown into an elaborate community outreach program that ties art to community service. We now have five programs that work side-by-side to “wholeheARTedly love our city and tell its stories.”

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Supporting CityHeART means supporting an organization that:

  • Feeds nearly 1500 people per month
  • Clothes approximately 200 people per month
  • Offers free peer-led support groups for those who cannot afford professional mental health care [that offers childcare for parents!]
  • Leads therapeutic art workshops all over the city for folks in recovery, veterans, and people living in affordable housing
  • Brings arts and crafts to disadvantaged children through community events and local shelters
  • Raises awareness of the wide variety of social issues present in our community via original artwork created by local artists — and calls the city to action!


Please make a year-end gift so that we can continue to help the many people in our community struggling with mental health issues like Jo-Jo to make it across the finish line along the road to recovery. Your support of our work inspires men, women, veterans, children, and senior citizens to take the obstacles that life throws at them one day at a time.



Your gift of $50 could offer an art experience for 30 children at a local shelter.

Your gift of $100 could feed 50 people.

Your gift of $150 could offer 6 free peer-led support group sessions for up to 10 battered women as well as child-care for mothers in the group during meetings.

Your gift of $200 could offer a 10-week therapeutic art workshop series to 5 veterans in recovery.

Your gift of $500 could sponsor one family for a month with meals, clothing, child-care, and therapeutic art and support.



Opt to sponsor us with a monthly gift, and receive a hand-made thank-you package from one of the many who will benefit from your generosity!

Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today!

 

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Sponsors, Donors, and Partners — oh my!

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Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today!


We couldn’t do it without our donors and sponsors!!

 

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Lilly’s Legacy generously donates 50 gorgeous amenity kits to our monthly Love Your Neighbor giving project (where we feed and clothe 150 people in one day).
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The Urban Farm Agency graciously hosts a monthly art show and wine + chocolate pairing event in Downtown Long Beach, giving us a portion of the art sales as well as allowing us to promote what we do.

 

Zen Den LBC generously allows CityHeART to utilize its space every Monday night for our weekly meeting for artists to meet, mingle, and create together!
Zen Den LBC generously allows CityHeART to utilize its space every Monday night for our weekly meeting for artists to meet, mingle, and create together!

Learn how to become a sponsor!

 

 

 

Love Your Neighbor!

Love Your Neighbor is our monthly clothing and food drive for the homeless in Long Beach. 



We gather in Bixby Park in the morning on the last Saturday of every month, where our food program, Feeding Long Beach, oversees a sack-lunch assembly of 150+ lunches. All clothing donations can be dropped off at Bixby Park as well!

 

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Lunches are distributed throughout the city — 50 lunches are dropped off at Urban Community Outreach, 50 at the Ronald McDonald House, and 50 at the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Any extra lunches are taken, along with clothing and amenity bags to Lincoln Park for our Walking Closet, which is overseen by our peer-led support group, Connect!

We can’t keep this up without the volunteers and donations that make this event possible.



You may drop off food, clothing, and toiletry donations at the park, or feel free to donate via our GoFundMe to help us continue our monthly assemblies:
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HUGE thank you to those of you who come out for this every month!!

 

Connect! by CityHeART

Connect! is a peer-led network that aims to provide resources as well as a safe and empowering environment for people to build relationships, set and meet short and long-term goals, and transition into new life journeys. 




WHAT WE DO: We facilitate peer-support groups that empower individuals to incorporate self-care into their daily routines; we also link people in need to the following resources:

  • Hygiene items [all]
  • Household necessities [kitchen items, deodorizers, toilet paper, linens, furniture)
  • Transportation [bus fare]
  • Clothing [gently used and/or new]

Connect! Values

Resilience

We believe our members are resilient and have a unique set of personal strengths and knowledge.

Network

We believe that connecting with other survivors is a healing and empowering aspect of the journey to recovery. Through community engagement, members and peer-mentors can educate our community and facilitate empathy and action toward positive social change.

Reclaim

We affirm the notion that members with a history of trauma and loss have the capacity to reclaim their lives and identities as they work to attain recovery.

Recovery

We view recovery as an individualized goal. We provide our members with the skills to form and maintain meaningful relationships. Additionally, we foster community engagement by highlighting that our participants are agentic members who have the capacity to enrich our community and to give back through the Peer-Mentor program.

Donate to Connect! to help us support our community through our peer-led approach to wellness. 

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