“I like animals because they make me laugh. The animals are funny because they jump off of the table and hit their self (sic) on the head. They have affected my life by making me happy. Some times when I’m sad, I don’t want to see anyone … [but] when I see them, they make me happy … When I leave the house they’re always standing in the door waiting for me until I come back…” Arnold, age 9
As program director of Central City Community Outreach it has been my pleasure to collaborate with The Peacock Foundation. Central City works with school aged children in the Skid Row community who live in the missions or hotels nearby. Our goal is to provide a safe place to foster healthy relationships, provide academic assistance as well as emotional support during transitional times for the child.
Many students in our program experience events and emotions way beyond their years. As a small staff we do our best to come alongside the children and families as they try to sort out what is going on around them. At times, the crisis and behavior of our students requires specific training that our staff has not had, this is where The Peacock Foundation comes in. The Peacock Foundation desires to help in any way possible; from providing staff support to crisis intervention for our program families. Lisa Peacock and her team are always willing and able to work alongside us. Lisa provides insight to our staff that is crucial to fulfilling our mission statement as an organization. Her dedication and availability show her commitment to her work and her heart for the kids and staff at Central City Community Outreach. The Peacock Foundation comes to us at least once a week and the students look forward to that time greatly. The kids not only get the treat of learning about a new animal but also learn life skills and coping mechanisms that will hopefully carry through to their teen and adult life. It has been a huge help having The Peacock Foundation as a resource and as a partner to this organization.
Lisa Kazarian, Program Director- Central City Community Outreach