Save the Family - Mesa, AZ

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125 E. University Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85201
: (480) 898-0228
: http://savethefamily.org
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Description: Our Mission: Save the Family equips families to address poverty, overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency.

*Save the Family is a 501c3 Non-profit Organization We Provide Housing Operating over 204 units of housing Valley wide, we provide transitional housing for homeless families and housing to keep working poor families stable through market adjusted rents.

We Focus on Children Over 60% of our clients are children. We strive to create stability for homeless children through consistent housing, stable schooling, after-school programs, tutoring, and extracurricular activities. We Change Lives We provide a full array of support services to help our clients succeed.

We offer financial literacy education, career development support, budgeting workshops, parenting classes, and self-esteem coaching. Our clients’ successes include the following: high school diplomas/GEDs, home ownership, full-time employment, college degrees, scholarships, good credit scores, and savings accounts.

Our History Save the Family began serving homeless families when we acquired four housing units in 1989. Soon after they were housed, families recognized the need for services to support their journey into self-sufficiency. In response to those requests, Save the Family offered the first adult and children’s education classes in 1991. At that time, Adult classes focused on parenting, as well as personal growth and development. Children’s classes focused on expressive art activities aimed at assisting children in sharing their experiences.


Volunteers Requests by Save the Family: Volunteers have always played an integral role in Save the Family’s success. Last year nearly 7,000 volunteers gave the gift of time equaling over 31,000 service hours! Save the family’s volunteers contribute more than $1,000,000 in time and service annually. We rely on a robust volunteer base for the following: Offering legal, medical, and dental support services Acting as classroom tutors and mentors Rehabilitating our housing units Providing meals/snacks for our clients during their classes Supporting our Thrift Store operations For more information about volunteering or to organize a group volunteer project, please contact our Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@savethefamily.org or 480-898-0228 ext. 201. Volunteer as a Group Each year Save the Family works with over 100 businesses, civic groups and ecclesiastical organizations to support our clients. Our outstanding volunteer groups participate in a wide range of activities, including the following: Service Saturdays Service Saturdays was started as an opportunity for church groups, scouts, youth groups and families to come together one Saturday a month (usually the last Saturday of the month) to handle projects to benefit our client families. An example is putting together first aid kits, snack packs, family fun kits, etc. These items will help us be able to provide those “extras” for our families in need. Welcome Home Paint and Clean Projects With over 190 housing units across the East Valley, and waiting lists of families who desire a unit, volunteers play a vital role in our “Welcome Home” program by cleaning and painting homes to help prepare units quickly. Save the Family will provide all supplies, including bottled water. Projects can be completed within 3 to 4 hours when a group of 8 to 15 volunteers participate. We schedule group projects Monday through Friday during agency business hours. Paint and clean group projects can be scheduled up to a year in advance. (Please be advised that these projects are booked out for several months.) Sack Meals Save the Family hosts weekly client-based programs that occur during meal times. In an effort to be hospitable and ensure maximum attendance, we provide a sack meal or snack to participants, both children and adults. Volunteers prepare meals at their home or workplace. Then they drop off the finished sacks at our main office during business hours. This opportunity is excellent for individuals and groups who want to contribute to our mission but have limited time to spend away from home or the office. Clean and Sanitize Classrooms Small groups of 5 to 10 volunteers are perfect to help Save the Family keep our classrooms and playrooms clean. Volunteer duties consist of cleaning and organizing three small rooms at our main office in Mesa. Save the Family will provide all supplies. Projects are scheduled Monday through Friday during agency business hours. Organize a Donation Drive or Baby Shower Save the Family welcomes volunteers willing to organize donation drives with their club, church, business, or neighborhood group. Drives allow us to support “Dynamic Way,” a provision service for clients in need of everyday items such as diapers and baby wipes, personal hygiene items, and household cleaning products. Baby showers are held for parents who don’t have loved ones able to host a shower for them. Groups of 10 to 12 volunteers organize each shower, providing refreshments, decorations, and gifts. Showers are held the first Wednesday of every month. Holiday Sponsorship Every year Save the Family provides holiday meals and gifts for families who would otherwise be unable to celebrate the season. We welcome groups who will sponsor holiday meals and gifts in November and December. Teach A Class Our clients’ needs change with time, so we’re always looking for new, beneficial classes to empower them. Volunteers currently teach classes in the following areas: GED tutoring financial literacy nutrition career development and support Some volunteers also provide resources from the community for our clients and help with special client events. If you are interested in being engaged specifically with our client classes, please contact our Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@savethefamily.org or (480) 898-0228 ext. 201. Join our Women’s Auxiliary Save the Family’s Women’s Auxiliary originated in 2011 with the goal of assisting the organization to achieve its mission by helping families conquer homelessness and build a bright future for their children. This group of dynamic, community-minded women support Save the Family through projects that range from assisting with annual fundraising events, to volunteering, to promoting goodwill toward our valuable programs. The auxiliary also provides an opportunity for networking and socializing. In other words, these women support our mission and each other. When you join the auxiliary, you can participate in several ways. We meet regularly in the East Valley. Our volunteer and support services occur throughout the year, so if you’re unable to make the meetings, you can still participate–with no obligation for minimum participation. Visit and “like” the Women’s Auxiliary Facebook Events Page to stay updated on future events. To join, please contact Save the Family’s Development Department at development@savethefamily.org or (480) 898-0228 ext. 205.


Donation Requests by Save the Family: New or gently used items. Household, feminine products, clothing, furniture, gift cards, most living items you can possibly think of.



Important:
Many of these shelters now have waiting lists. Please call before going to them. Many waiting lists are very long. Shelters and service also go out of business. Always call ahead to confirm that this location is still active. If you find that this location is no longer operating, please send us a comment using the form below.

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Do you have items to donate? Contact Save the Family at the phone number provided above to see if they can use any items you may have to donate.

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