The Mary McLeod Bethune Homeless Education program provides mental health assessment and support, uniform assistance, backpacks, school supplies, personal necessities, tutoring, district and community resources and referrals, advocacy, enrollment support, and any other assistance students may need to access their education in the same way as their housed peers. The Bethune Social Workers provide intensive case management services to the students and families, support district staff, conduct training and education, and work closely with community partners to form a supportive and empowering network for LBUSD students and families who are experiencing homelessness.
This program is successful because of its generous community partners and donors. Long Beach Council of PTA’s, Assistance League of Long Beach, The Volunteer Center, Long Beach Rescue Mission, School on Wheels, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, churches, synagogues, and generous individual community members help to provide the necessities that Bethune students need to succeed in school and after graduation. The Long Beach Education Foundation also identifies funds to support this unique education program.