Non-Profit CornerFeaturing local organizations that give back to the community.
Adolescence is a challenging time for teens under the best of circumstances. Often youth struggle to fit in with their peers and lack confidence and self-worth. Consider the same youth with the additional burden of living in foster care or poverty or being homeless. Throughout public and private schools, thousands of youth struggle daily with a humbling consequence of poverty: inadequate clothing. What if something as simple as having new, clean clothing could make a difference and help them feel better and be more confident? That is the premise behind Teens’ Closet, founded in 2011 in Prescott.
Right in the heart of Prescott, three local women are helping the local economy thrive. Through their work at the Northern Arizona Council of Governments’ (NACOG) Economic/Workforce Development (EWD) office, Teri Drew, Leah Clickavage, and Anita Payne run the programs that offer training, services, and resources to help people find and retain quality employees and help businesses run smoothly.
The Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH) has been a leader in natural-science education since the 1990s. Passionate individuals came together to build and sustain the non-profit – helping “children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land.” Today, HCNH celebrates the Education team, a dynamic group of women, shaping the future of education at the Center.
Around the Prescott area, people may occasionally see homeless people publicly asking for help. What most people probably don’t see: the 110 students in the Prescott area schools who are considered homeless; the little boy who shows up to school every day with disheveled clothing from sleeping in a tent in the forest; the young mother who lives in her car with her children, and gets ready for work each day in a public restroom.
Jessi Hans, Executive Director of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) is on a mission to move people in the Prescott area from homelessness into affordable creative housing options.
When Becky Ruffner founded Prevent Child Abuse Arizona in 1989, she was a young mother determined to improve the chances for a healthy trajectory for families. She spent 30 years at the helm of the organization, fostering a movement. At the time, the movement was in its infancy.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona provide children and teens in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley with an affordable, safe and enriching place to be during out-of-school time. Members have daily access to a broad range of educational and recreational programs designed to drive positive outcomes and reinforce necessary life skills. The Clubs are dedicated to ensuring that our community’s young people have easy access to quality programs and services that will enhance their futures
In the winter of 2007, Prescott Area Women’s Shelter (now Prescott Area Shelter Services) opened in the basement of Hillside Church following many community conversations regarding a potential need for an emergency drop-in shelter for women and children.
Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!) is truly an exceptional organization. Founded in 1974, this nonprofit agency provides job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services to local adults with disabilities.
As I sat down on the couch across from Ralene Challinor, the warmth, loving-kindness, and acceptance this woman carries around with her spilled out into space between us. Little did I know that I would end up spending the next two hours there, listening to the amazing story of how Ralene became a foster and adoptive mom and began her career with Christian Family Care.
They sit comfortably together, he in the darkness that is his world now, and she slowly rocking and knitting. Proud and independent, they come from a time when you did for yourself and had no need for outside help. Those days have come and gone. John is now blind, and Edna is no longer able to drive due to a chronic medical condition. Their children are far away and their supply of groceries is getting low.
Carm Staker built Humboldt Unified School District’s Hungry Kids Project on the foundation of her vision to ensure children were getting enough to eat. Through the project, schools send weekly food packs home with children whose families qualify for free and reduced meal prices.