Lotus Bloom (LB) is a grassroots family resource center that provides a welcoming space for low income, multicultural families with young children 0-5 years old to play, learn and grow together. Since our inception in 2006, LB has experienced exponential growth and is now a set of thriving community resource centers in the heart of Oakland serving over 1,000 families per year.
From the very beginning, Lotus Bloom has challenged itself to become a place in the community where families can uplift their cultural and linguistic diversity with appreciation and respect of their collective differences and commonalities. Lotus Bloom approaches working alongside families with the goal of maximizing every opportunity for interaction, enrichment, language development, and learning in a culturally competent context. This means that we look at the conditions our families face such as the neighborhood in which they live, their income, experiences of community violence or poverty and access to quality education. We consider these factors in order to cultivate informed and effective resource options from within and outside the community.
Lotus Bloom's Mission is to ensure that every caregiver of young children, particularly those facing financial and other barriers, has a support system connecting them to the health, social and learning opportunities that will ensure their child has a strong start in life.