2017 Beneficiaries

2016/2017 VALLEY KIDS FOUNDATION GRANT RECIPIENTS

ARIZONA LEGAL WOMEN AND YOUTH SERVICES (ALWAYS)
ALWAYS is a nonprofit community legal center committed to balancing the scales of justice for Arizona’s vulnerable young people. We open doors to opportunity by providing no-cost legal services for vulnerable children and youth, and survivors of human trafficking. Working through referrals from our social service partners, we help clients lift the legal barriers that stand in the way of opportunity, stability, and self-sufficiency. The money provided by Valley Kids Foundation will go towards the ALWAYS Empowerment Fund. This fund covers legal and filing fees, as well as other fees or expenses that would be out-of-pocket expenses for our clients. 100% of our clients are significantly below the federal poverty line and cannot pay those fees.

ARIZONA RECREATION CENTER FOR THE HANDICAPPED (ARCH)
ARCH is a 5-acre recreation center in the heart of Phoenix, offering a full range of programs and activities for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. We provide a fun, safe environment for youth and adults seeking recreation and sports related activities. During a typical week at ARCH more than 350 clients (5,000 annually) come to our campus to participate in a wide range of programs including Day Treatment for Adults, Adult Drop-In, ARCHKids Program, Special Olympic Training, Adventure Club, Performing Arts, Health and Fitness activities and Life-Skills Education. Valley Kids Foundation funding will support a multi-year project to create safe out of school initiative for Children with Special Needs from low income families called “Get out and Play”.

CHILD CRISIS ARIZONA
Child Crisis Arizona protects the Valley’s most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect and builds stronger families through educational programming and support services. We also provide emergency shelter for children in need at our campuses in Mesa and Phoenix. All funding received from Valley Kids Foundation will be used to support children removed from their families for abuse or neglect and placed by Arizona Department of Child Safety or Tribal Social Services into our care. When a child is removed from his or her family for maltreatment, the hope is that the child can be immediately placed in the home of a relative or a licensed foster home. If that option is not available, these agencies turn to Child Crisis Arizona’s Emergency Children’s Shelters to provide a temporary safe haven for young children.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix exists in order to foster the joy of learning through play, with a mission to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. Designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum’s vision is to foster a joy of learning by 1) providing engaging projects, exhibits and programming for young children and their families; 2) educating parents and caregivers about child development and parenting techniques; 3) building cultural understanding, positive social interaction, and celebrating diversity; and 4) serving as a gateway to other cultural institutions and community programs. Funding from a Valley Kids Foundation grant would support the distribution of Children’s Museum of Phoenix annual memberships to families receiving WIC* (Women, Infants, Children) benefits through Adelante Healthcare.

FLORENCE CRITTENTON
Florence Crittenton’s mission is to give every girl whose life we touch safety, hope and opportunity. The agency’s vision is to be the national leader in changing the future for girls by being the foremost expert in gender-specific services, growing to serve all girls in need and achieving excellence in all we do. Funding from Valley Kids Foundation will support the Therapeutic Group Home (TGH), a 40 bed residential treatment facility providing 24-hour supervision and care to approximately 200 at-risk and disadvantaged girls and young women, ages 10-18, annually. At the TGH, girls in crisis can receive the support, treatment and life skills necessary to overcome their challenges and lead healthy, stable lives.

HOMELESS YOUTH CONNECTION
In partnership with the community, HYC’s mission is to raise awareness and meet the needs of homeless youth so they can stay in school and graduate. HYC’s ongoing goals are to provide homeless teens with housing, basic needs and services as they make positive, life-affirming choices toward becoming responsible, productive adults. Together with educators, government agencies, faith-based organizations, compassionate community members, and donors, HYC is helping to bring a positive future to this nearly forgotten population. Funding from the Valley Kids Foundation will help expand the EYFTF program. Funding will be used to provide basic needs and case management to homeless youth in the East Valley.

MISSION OF MERCY
Mission of Mercy seeks to restore dignity to all people by being an instrument of “Healing Through Love.” Valley Kids Foundation funds will support no-cost doctor’s visits, medications and health education for approximately 140 uninsured children and their families at MOM’s Central and South Phoenix clinics, located at the Murphy School District, Black Family and Child Services and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

NEW PATHWAYS FOR YOUTH
The mission of New Pathways for Youth is to empower youth to fulfill their potential through mentoring and life skill development. NPFY’s Transformative Mentoring Program is the only program that serves youth experiencing homelessness due to lack of a permanent address.

PHOENIX CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Phoenix Children’s Hospital mission is to provide hope, healing, and the best health care for children and their families. The VKF donation directly benefits the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Hope Fund and is not put towards Event Expenses.