In approving its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget in June, The Peoria City Council authorized $3,000 to help Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development assist young Peoria residents. The approval followed a recommendation for funding from the Peoria Council Not-For-Profit Review and Housing Sub-Committee earlier this year.
“We are grateful the Council recognizes that when Peoria youth are in crisis, Tumbleweed is a premier agency offering a variety of assistance,” said Tumbleweed Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Schuler. “These funds can expand our management of the Safe Place call box program to Peoria, or defray the costs of housing or otherwise assisting Peoria young people who are transitioning from foster care or dealing with difficult or abusive situations at home.”
Tumbleweed has been in operation since 1975 and operates 6 residential facilities and two Youth Resource Centers in Phoenix and Tempe as well as a County-accredited alternative high school. Tumbleweed serves homeless youth ages 12 through 25 with assistance ranging from emergency housing to respite services including food, clothing, laundry/shower facilities and counseling. Other services include family reunification and for older youth, transitional housing, education and life skills training.