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The Gift of A Lifetime Campaign
Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School has been providing excellence in education for over 60 years and with your help we can secure its future for at least another 60 years. As many of you know, when I began at OLR on July 1, 2011, Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School was facing a major crisis. We had 72 students enrolled in the school and many families could not afford to pay the full tuition. With the spiritual and financial support of our wonderful parish, and matching funds from the Doheny Foundation, we were able to quickly turn things around and we continue to grow at a healthy pace. Today, we have 222 students, with wait lists in Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. We anticipate that we will increase our enrollment by 20-30 students in 2016-2017. Our success is largely due to a shared vision between our pastor, Fr. Ray and myself; however, we recognize that we cannot attain this vision without the generosity of our wonderful parish community.
Although the school is well on our way to becoming self-sustainable, it remains an area for growth. Our future looks bright. Enrollment continues to increase and we have been able to upgrade the facilities (including the parking lot); however, we still need your help. Fr. Ray and I have been committed to offering a Catholic education to those who cannot afford to attend full price. With your help, we have been able to assist families in dire times. Last year, we were able to offer full assistance to a child who lost a parent; and partial assistance to families who lost jobs, had significant decreases in wages, and/or are maintaining single parent households. Our primary mission, as Catholic educators, is to evangelize children, and with your help, we have been able to do so. We firmly believe that a Catholic education is the greatest blessing a child can receive. It is the “A Gift of a Lifetime!” There are many parents in our parish community who would love to provide this gift to their own child(ren), but they are in need of assistance. If you can find it in your heart to donate, your contribution will be an investment for life in one or more of these children.
Please download and fill out the Gift of Lifetime form:
Due around April 15 to June 20
For any amount, please click below:
OLR School, 5210 Los Coyotes Diag., Long Beach, CA 90815
We thank you for your support, dedication and prayers. May the Lord continue to fill you with His blessings.
Thank You Dr. & Mrs. William Eddy for celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with our parish community last March 4, 2012. Friends and family joined the celebration from near and far. The Eddy family continue to be strong supporters of our parish school; the school that helped raise their seven children in the Catholic faith. In lieu of gifts the family had requested that donations be made to The Gift of A Lifetime Campaign. Their generosity proves to be endless. God bless the Eddy family.