Service Agencies
 
4  Free Arts of Arizona


Free Arts of Arizona
is a nonprofit organization that brings the healing powers of the creative arts to abused, neglected and homeless children by partnering with over 100 group homes, treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County.

By recruiting creative volunteers to share their talents in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and other artistic projects, Free Arts of Arizona helps children build self-esteem by unlocking their imaginations.

Many of the children we serve have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, and have been placed by the state into a group home. Still other children live with one parent in a domestic violence shelter or both parents in a homeless shelter. Some children live in residential treatment centers where they work to conquer painful issues of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, and violence.

All of the children need the chance to express their hopes, fears, frustrations, and emotions.

The creative arts give children a way to identify their emotions and express them through a positive medium. The creative arts give children the tools they need to improve self-esteem and social skills. The creative arts give children a voice.


6  Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO)


The Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO)
is a historic, diverse, non-partisan alliance of social services, health, community service agencies, advocacy groups, citizen advocacy, and faith-based associations. Hundreds of social, health, and community services agencies, human services groups, citizen action and advocacy groups, and faith-based congregations are represented in the Coalition. The Coalition members include an estimated 20,000 staff, board members and volunteers serving over 1.5 million people. PAFCO was formed to stop drastic budget cuts to health and human services and urge better options to these budget cuts.


7  Safe Place


Safe Place
was recently added to the Community Partners continuum of care in the fall of 2005. Project Safe Place is a nationally known organization that provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses. YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, QuickTrip convenience stores, other businesses all serve as Safe Place sites in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Any youth under 18, who is having problems at home, suffering from abuse or neglect, lost or in some dangerous situation on the street, with a drunk or unsafe driver, or just needs someone to talk to about a problem can go the nearest Safe Place site. The store employee will stay with the youth while s/he calls Tumbleweed who will come to the place of business to assess the needs of the youth and offer Tumbleweed’s services.

Current Program Goals: Safe Place needs to hire a Safe Place Coordinator, reach a minimum of 7,500 youth in school or community presentations, distribute 17,500 information cards and conduct inspections at all Safe Place sites (a minimum of one time each).

Client Story: Shortly after Safe Place agency coordinators returned from their national training in Kentucky they received their first Safe Place call for a runaway teen stranded here in Phoenix. The National office initially received the call from the runaway who was stranded, and informed the teen local Safe Place staff would be there to assist her. Our staff arrived at the local Greyhound Station here in Phoenix and was able to assist the runaway teen with a bus ticket home with the help of a very supportive Terminal Manager. The young teen made it home safely!


8  Sojourner Center

Sojourner Center was founded in 1977 as an emergency program for women who had recently been released from prison. A passionate group of twelve visionaries recognized that women who were leaving the criminal justice system rarely had the skills or support to be successful in the outside world. Sojourner Center provided a temporary home as well as programs that taught self-sufficiency, empowerment and family skills which helped the women re-enter society and rebuild their lives.

Since the doors of Sojourner Center opened in 1977, the facility has grown from an older home with only 28 beds to a 124 bed Heritage Campus with a 120 bed Hope Campus in addition to 15 transitional apartments. Nine of the transitional apartments are located at Sojourner Center's new Transitional Family Living Campus located near the main campus. Once the new campus is complete it will house 29 apartment units, a community clubhouse, an education center, and a donation and resource facility. Sojourner Center is the largest shelter in Arizona and one of the largest in the United States. As a direct result of its capacity, Sojourner Center is able to serve over 2,000 women and children annually

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 Valley of the Sun United Way


Valley of the Sun United Way
is a local nonprofit organization that brings our community together and focuses resources on the most critical human care needs in the Valley. By partnering with businesses, individuals, government and other nonprofits we’re able to monitor the needs of our community and respond quickly as issues or opportunities arise. As a convener, collaborator, funder and leader in addressing health and human service issues, Valley of the Sun United Way fulfills a unique role in making our community a better place. And thanks to the generous support of more than 160,000 people throughout Maricopa County, we’re helping to improve lives every day.

Vision

To build a caring community where all children and youth succeed, families are self-sufficient, neighborhoods are vital and safe, and all people enjoy maximum health and independence.

Mission

To Improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

 


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 1n10


1n10’s mission is to serve LGBTQA youth and young adults. We enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. 1n10 envisions a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, actively engaged in their communities, and empowered to lead.

 


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 PetSmart Gives Back


PetSmart Gives Back is not just a program.†It is our responsibility.† PetSmart believes in supporting organizations like Tumbleweed that make communities vibrant and strong and enhance quality of life for people and pets. With†more than†50,000 employees, the company also knows the power people can have when they work together for a greater good. PetSmart Gives Back is designed to leverage its greatest asset: its associates. It is more than just giving financial contributionsóit is about giving of your time. Our “Brand Ambassadors” not only have the opportunity to engage the communities in which they live and workóbut also get to work with causes that are near and dear to their hearts.