TumbleTees is our unique screen printing shop that employs youth who are homeless. They have the opportunity to learn real life business skills while also being creative. TumbleTees strives to empower youth to experience successes -- which is necessary for them to transition into a life of self-sufficiency.
The TumbleTees team of Armando Ruiz, Douglas Criswell and Gabe Torres recently won a grant from The Arizona Commission on the Arts “Art Tank” competition. Thanks to the grant, TumbleTees will introduce The Roots Collection™ in 2014, its own social fashion line of casual wear Ts designed by local homeless youth.
Much like TumbleTees itself, The Roots Collection™ was born out of the echoing voices of homeless youth acknowledging the role of the arts in their survival.
A primary goal of The Roots Collection™ is to significantly increase TumbleTees’, and homeless youth’s, visibility in the community.
With the Art Tank grant we hope to train and employee 150 youth over the next year, give homeless youth a voice through design, and bring the issue of youth homelessness to the community through The Roots Collection providing hope one t-shirt at a time!
Phoenix homeless shelter a new haven for young adults
Facility opens doors to 18- to 25-year-olds with nowhere to turn
AZCentral, Jan. 17, 2014
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Tumbleweed Receives $100,000 Grant From Thunderbirds
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development has received a $100,000
grant from Thunderbirds Charities as a result of the 2013 Waste
Management Phoenix Open, launching a collaboration to support
homeless youth. Grant money will be used towards the Tumbleweed
Youth Resource Centers located in Tempe and Phoenix.
Youth Resource Centers (Phoenix/Tempe) is a program for homeless
youth ages 12 - 25. Tumbleweed provides the most basic needs including
meals, showers, clothing, access to medical care, counseling, case
management, and educational and social groups in the Phoenix and East
Valley area. (Read more)
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development is pleased to announce that it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new expansion of its family of programs to include Emergency Housing, Arizonaís only transitional shelter for homeless young adults at 10:00am on January 16, 2014. (read more)
New Emergency Housing Center for Teens Opens
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 12:32 AM EST Updated: Jan 17, 2014 12:37 AM EST
By Darryl Brown
PHOENIX (CBS5) - Mayor Greg Stanton helped cut the ribbon for the grand opening of a new emergency housing program for homeless teens. (read more)
Light rail stops become "Safe Place" for Homeless Teens
Updated: Sep 23, 2013 10:46 AM EDT
By FOX 10 News Staff
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ACTV Presents TumbleTees
Tumbleweed’s Tempe Youth Resource Center (TYRC) receives $51,975 from Tempe Community Council’s General Fund and the City of Tempe’s Help To Others (H2O) partnership!
A partnership between the City of Tempe and Tempe Community Council and Tempe water customers made this grant possible by giving every customer the opportunity to donate a $1 or more per month (on their water bill) to neighbors in need. TUMBLEWEED was ONE of TEN non profits FUNDED through this partnership.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED AND HELPED MAKE THIS GRANT POSSIBLE!!!
We are pleased to introduce our
BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARY
"TUMBLEWEED: SHADOW CHILDREN" filmed/produced by: Katianna Bear
Your support helps Tumbleweed serve
3,000 youth in Maricopa County, AZ EVERY YEAR!
RE: Story that was aired Friday, May 18, 2012
PLEASE NOTE: THIS AFFECTS ONLY OUR TEMPE YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER
(1 of 12 programs of Tumbleweed) and our ONLY program serving Tempe, AZ homeless youth!! We will continue to do all we can do to make sure ALL our youth are being served in the Tempe, AZ area. Our services WILL continue!
NEW SHORT FILM FEATURING TUMBLEWEED
-- VERY INFORMATIVE -- WORTH THE WATCH --
Fred Smith is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida who visited Tumbleweed last year with Zach Bonner on his "March Across America".
This is his words to us...
"To say that visiting your organization and meeting young adults like Chris Plentywounds changed me would be an enormous understatement.
I made a short film about Zach and his quest to help homeless youth that I am proud to say helped raise funds to create Tampa's first and only center (so far) for homeless youth. The film titled 'The Invisible Youth of America' features Tumbleweed and includes interviews with Derek & Chris..."
David earned his State license to sell Life Insurance in the state of Arizona. David came to Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development's Learning Center through outreach efforts of the Tumbleweed Drop-In Center (DIC). The DIC provides services to homeless individuals ages 18-22 including case management, showers & meals.
The DIC is just ONE of the MANY continuum of care services Tumbleweed provides 1,000's of youth each year in Maricopa County.
During David's tenure in Tumbleweed continuum of care programs, he has progressed from BEING HOMELESS & UNEDUCATED to ATTAINING HIS GED, STABLE HOUSING and on his way to ESTABLISHING a CAREER!
Angelena D.'s STORY:
Angelena was referred to our Tumbleweed Learning Center through Tumbleweed's Young Adult Program (YAP). She went from being homeless to attaining her GED through our Learning Center as well as completing Data Entry School, where she earned an Occupational Skills Certificate. Today, she successfully secured a job with CHASE Financial services and is doing amazingly well.
Every year Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development must raise more than $500,000 from our local community to make ends meet & provide matching funds required to receive our Federal Grants that leverage over $3.5 Million back to Arizona through Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development's programs and services. YOUR SUPPORT goes to support ALL the successes's of these amazing young people!
Since 1972 Tumbleweed has expanded to provide more than
12 direct service programs that provide a continuum of care for over
3000 homeless, abused, abandoned, neglected, and at risk youth annually,
11-25 in Maricopa County, AZ. We work with youth and families in crisis.
OUR YOUTH need OUR help!