We all are well aware of how different 2020 has been – a pandemic, a contentious election, social unrest, the hottest summer on record – all of these have frayed everyone’s nerves. Even at Arizona Helping Hands, despite seeing every day the importance of our work providing basic needs to Arizona’s 14,000+ children in foster care, we’ve faced our share of challenges.
In 2013, news stories told of children sleeping in government offices or on the floor at Grandma’s house. These boys and girls who had been victims of abuse and neglect deserved so much better, and we heard a call to action.
Dan Shufelt President & CEO of Arizona Helping Hands speaks with FOX10 about the challenges presented during these times of uncertainty, and the steps Arizona Helping Hands and the community are taking to ensure children in foster care are still receiving essential services.
1,823 – that’s the number of children in foster care whose birthdays have been made special already in 2020 by the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts and party packages, thanks to our efforts.
Back to School is different this year, but the end result is what is important. Once again, thousands of children will be served through our program. They will have the notebooks, paper, markers and more that will allow them to pick up their education, in whatever fashion it will take in 2020.
I thought my friend Dale was coming to say hi and tour the Arizona Helping Hands facility where we provide essential needs to children in Arizona’s foster care system. It turned out that Dale and his wife Pam were not stopping in for a social visit, they were coming to access our assistance.