Thunderbirds Charities provides $75,000 to help homeless families

In an effort to address the backlog of homeless families in need of housing and services, Save the Family was awarded a $75,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities.

Funding will support the Homeless Families Intervention Project, and will be directed toward case coordination and programs for children including drop-in childcare, Little KidsWorks and Youth Enrichment and Achievement.

Thunderbirds Charities, a nonprofit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, raised more than $9.3 million from the 2016 tournament to benefit Arizona charities.

“We are deeply grateful for this incredibly generous support from Thunderbirds Charities,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor.  “This funding will make a big difference in achieving our goal to serve more than 650 families this year, including over 1200 children.”

Despite a significant loss of federal funding over the past four years, Save the Family has been able to increase the number of families served by more than 30 percent.

“One of the primary reasons we’ve been able to reach more families is because of funding support from community-focused organizations like Thunderbirds Charities,” Ms. Taylor said.  “They are truly making a difference in the community.”

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Save the Family Foundation of Arizona is a nonprofit agency based in Mesa and has been serving the community since 1988.  Last year, Save the Family and its partner agency, the Affordable Rental Movement of Save the Family, provided housing and supportive services for nearly 600 homeless and impoverished families.  Their programs are provided throughout the East Valley.

Thunderbirds Charities is a nonprofit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds.

The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona.

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