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The Long Beach Rescue Mission’s New Life Program provides the essential tools and services needed to help men and women adapt and prepare for a life of self-sufficiency.

The central component in providing these tools and services is our Learning Center, which is greatly facilitated by two learning centers, one for men at the Samaritan House, and the other for women at the Lydia House.

Under the guidance of staff and a dedicated team of volunteers, we provide the tools, resources and skill sets necessary for an individual to remove the barriers preventing them from finding work in the competitive job market, and to maintain stable employment.

The Learning Center Program offers the following:

  • providing a basic well-rounded education necessary to obtain and maintain employment
  • access to computers and internet for staying viable in today’s technology arena
  • provision of internships and identification of job opportunities
  • preparation for GED/Hi Set and High School Diploma equivalency through personalized, one-on-one sessions
  • assistance with application to financial aid programs for college as well as providing assistance with applying to trade school and free adult education certificate based courses offered at Long Beach City College
  • helping clients engage the critical thinking mind and encourage cognitive brain function through a variety of curriculum and online activities
  • partnership with Long Beach City College to offer ESL (English as a Second Language) in our mission classroom to our local community members to ensure they can obtain more gainful employment opportunities

In correlation with the Learning Center Program, each client is also provided with financial literacy training that advocates the fundamentals of good financial stewardship. This teaches students to build a budget, resolve debt, avoid credit card misuse, start savings and checking accounts, and create a long-term financial plan.


In 2021 the Men’s Learning Center provided 6,124 individual classroom hours of instruction for our homeless male clients and the Women’s Resource Center provided 8,320 career-coaching sessions for the women. In 2021, The Lydia House Learning Center provided 1,056 classroom hours of instruction for our New Life program women.

For more information about how to get involved in our Learning Center, including volunteering, please contact Chaplain Brett Lang, Learning Center Coordinator, (562) 591-1292 ext. 213

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