Phoenix March 2, 2016 Helping homeless youth living in society’s shadows has put a media spotlight on Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development as the long-time Phoenix non-profit was selected the KPNX “12 Who Care” honoree for the month of March.
“The hundreds of Arizona’s young people going to sleep homeless tonight in the Valley are among the most vulnerable and anonymous members of the community,” said Tumbleweed Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Schuler. “Raising awareness is critical, so the recognition from “12 Who Care” is very important to us. It is an opportunity to show people how to make a difference for our homeless youth.”
Tumbleweed was featured on the March 2 edition of the 12News “Arizona Midday” program. A taped segment spotlighted volunteers, staff and Tumbleweed youth. A live interview featured artwork by homeless young people as well as baskets and backpacks filled with the supplies and food Tumbleweed provides.
“Our youth range from age 12 to 25, and are often fleeing abusive situations,” Schuler said. “They are then re-traumatized by homelessness.”
“We offer emergency housing, food and clothing as well as basics such as showers and laundry,” she adds. “Then, through counseling, education, job placement, longer term-housing and even reunification with supportive relatives, we help them grow toward independent adulthood.”
Tumbleweed is also benefitting from a spot on the “12 Who Care” web site as well as a 30-second Public Service Announcement that is airing throughout March. In June, Tumbleweed will join other “12 Who Care” honorees at a luncheon, where KPNX will present a $1200 donation.
Tumbleweed was nominated to the “12 Who Care” selection committee by Valley Metro Light Rail, whose stations include Safe Place youth-only emergency call boxes supported by Tumbleweed.
Tumbleweed would like to thank Valley Metro Light Rail for nominating us as one of the “12 Who Care” charities. We would also like to thank Channel 12 TV for show casing us on their newscast.