Giving these kids a safe place to sleep, a personal space to lay down their heads and to dream of their future is the most vital part of our day-to-day services.
The pandemic has wrought its horrors throughout the land. It has put everyone at risk and wreaked havoc on many lives. There is an angel who has devoted every ounce of energy to making lives better for the littlest children who have been victims and deserve better.
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.