With all of the added pressures on foster families today, we wanted to make it easier for them to access available resources. There are agencies like ours that are open and responding to the myriad of challenges that are faced by foster families. Banding together with 9 of our partners in the community, we have assembled an emergency assistance response line. Through this collaboration a foster parent can make one call or visit one website – One4AllAZ.com where they can find help.
We have also instituted a new take away service method for the items we can assist with, including home safety items, foster footlockers, educational supplies and backpacks, diapers and more. Our employees are kept safe, and we can aid foster families with their essential needs.
Arizona Helping Hands has always been a financially responsible organization. We have very low overhead costs (93% of donated dollars are used on direct program services), and thanks to tremendous community support of our ongoing capital campaign we have paid off our building. We have no rent or mortgage payments and can dedicate more dollars to our programs serving children in foster care.
Prior to 2013 there was no resource such as Arizona Helping Hands. There was no place a family could find assistance with beds, cribs, clothing and more. Our services are unduplicated in the State of Arizona, and our service numbers demonstrate how essential we are to Arizona’s foster population. We will take every step necessary to innovate and adapt because thousands of boys and girls in foster care truly rely on us. We are resilient, we are motivated, and we will continue to be here to bring hope, safety and joy to children who truly deserve our helping hands.
Dan Shufelt is the President & CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s children in foster care. Learn more about the Organization at www.azhelpinghands.org and contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org