On Thursday June 11th, fire broke out in the family home. Thanks to the smoke detectors required in the foster care home inspection process, the entire family escaped safely without injury or worse. Curtis and Joie packed up the family of 11 and relocated to a hotel where they will be living in three suites for the next month while the insurance company and contractors carry on the next steps. The couple hoped to return to the family home the next day to retrieve items since they were unable to get out with anything but the clothing on their backs. In the early morning hours of Friday June 12th, the fire raged again, consuming the entire family home, all of the belongings, every material piece of their life, gone.
When I saw Curtis and Joie on Friday night, just hours after fire had raged through the family home, I saw a resilience in the two of them that I have come to recognize. Despite these horrific circumstances, they were still functioning, still calmly reassuring the children, still loving as only an amazing family can despite all odds. They will survive this tragedy. They will pick up broken pieces and restart.
Along with the items we have provided, the Arizona Helping Hands team will continue to do all we can to help these amazing people. Their family includes not just nine children and two amazing adults, but every one of us at Arizona Helping Hands.
AHH has set up the “CJL Fund” to help Curtis, Joie and their nine children rebuild and move forward.
Arizona Helping Hands
3110 E. Thunderbird Rd, #100, Phoenix, AZ 85032
www.azhelpinghands.org ( 2.5% credit card processing fee deducted from all on-line donations)
Checks or cash can be dropped off or mailed to our address.
Please notate CJL Fund on all donations.
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.