Arizona foster care organization dedicates new property

From left is Sheila Zuieback, Dan Shufelt, Diane Halle, Kim Miller and Charlie Smith at the March event. (Photo by Robert Westeman Photography)

Arizona Helping Hands, the state’s largest provider of basic needs for children in foster care, held a dedication breakfast on Friday March 8 to celebrate the opening of the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation Foster Family Resource Center.

More than 100 community leaders attended the function, including Mrs. Halle and other major donors from many prominent charitable foundations, according to a press release.

Jerry Wissink from the BHHS Legacy Foundation, Mary Jane Rynd from the Virginia G. Piper Foundation and many others heard testimonials from a foster parent and from Cynthia Weiss, the communications director for the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

Benefactor Diane Halle shakes hands with Dan Shufelt (Photo by Robert Westeman Photography)

Mac Watson of KTAR Radio emceed the event. Mr. Watson is a foster parent and he shared with the attendees how challenging the responsibilities of fostering can be, and the importance of the work done by Arizona Helping Hands to make the lives of children safer and more comfortable.

Dan Shufelt, president and CEO of Arizona Helping Hands stated that in the month of January 2019 alone, 89 babies received a crib from the organization, and 250 received birthday gifts to let them know the community loves and cares for boys and girls in foster care.

From the most basic needs of a bed or a crib, to the boost to self-esteem from a personalized birthday gift, Arizona Helping Hands is here to help these kids, the press release stated.

The organization is in the middle of a $3 million capital campaign to complete the purchase and renovation of the property at 3110 E. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

Based on the crowd reaction, and the tears shed at the function on March 8, they may not be far away from reaching this goal, the press release stated.

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