by Sandi Austin
The Wild Plum Center has been playing a vital role in the Longmont community for many years. The Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church (HoL) has been a proud partner, and is highlighting the school as the focus of its August Compassion Offering.
Since 1965, the Wild Plum Center has been providing educational and developmental services for low-income children and their families in the Longmont community. One of its schools is operated within HoL’s walls, and it’s proved to be a great relationship.
“We are so grateful to have this space,” said Beth Lee, the site director. “We couldn’t do what we do without this area.”
Wild Plum was designated in 2010 as an Early Head Start and Head Start provider. Lee explained that they offer classes for preschool children, toddlers and infants. Additionally, they have program specialists there who offer individualized, in-home support to qualifying, low-income families of those students. In summary, a platform is created for life-long learning and self-sufficiency, as well as a foundation given that the children need to be successful in school and in their adult years.
“Additionally, we help with housing and food services,” Lee said. “We steer families toward the help they need through the city and county. We get them hooked up with the right resources such as the food bank, OUR Center, and help them fill out forms.”
Lee added that they have a large staff of very dedicated people who are there for the number one goal of helping kids and their families.
“It’s very rewarding to come work here,” Lee added. “I get to watch these children grow as persons from infancy to kindergarten, and see their families succeed. At the end of the day, you feel like you’ve done something good.”
During your August donations, please keep Wild Plum in mind so they can continue their work of empowering their children and families to succeed.