Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of essential needs to the 14,000+ children in foster care throughout Arizona. Learn more about the Basic Needs we provide and how you can help in this AZ Family news segment.
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.
Foster Dads don’t have nine months to wrap their heads around the responsibilities of parenting. They are called on often at a moment’s notice because children desperately need that one caring adult who will be present in their lives.