Family Housing Resources grants El Rio Foundation $10,000 to support Viva Vecinos Block Party

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded El Rio Healthcare Foundation with $10,000 in sponsorship support for their El Rio Vecinos’ 6th Anniversary fundraising event, Viva Vecinos Block Party. Vecinos translates as neighbors, which is how El Rio Community Health Center was formed in 1970.  It was through the cooperation and support of Tucson neighbors and several organizations that a true neighborhood, community, consumer-based health center was established downtown.

The Vecinos is a group of young professionals with a collective goal to help make a difference in our Tucson community.  As stewards of this group, members work together to raise money and network with amazing young men and women to benefit El Rio and the Tucson Community. Their annual signature event is the Viva Vecinos Block Party, held annually in downtown Tucson.

“For over 49 years, El Rio Community Health Center has taken pride in empowering patients to take control of their health and make lifestyle changes to ensure a brighter future for themselves and their families. Your kindness positively impacts the health of our community.” Jill Rodriguez, Development Director, El Rio Foundation.

About El Rio Foundation: The El Rio Foundation works to enhance the health of our neighbors through philanthropic support of El Rio Community Health Center.

Family Housing Resources grants general operating support to three local nonprofits

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded three $10,000 grants for General Operating Support for organizations whose missions actively align with the Family Housing Resources mission to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership.  The three organizations are Youth On Their Own, Our Family Services and The Primavera Foundation and

FHR Cares is proud to offer general operating support (GOS) to sustain the day-to-day operations of these organizations. GOS support is a proven best practice in giving and trusts organizations to make the best use of the funding received. Gifts of this kind allows for greater strength and sustainability, and maximum impact of vital programming.

About Youth on Their Own: Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County. The organization was founded in 1986 when Ann Young, a guidance counselor in the Amphitheater School District, noticed that talented and motivated students were dropping out of school due to homelessness and being forced to live on their own without a parent or guardian. Inspired by the students’ tenacity and willingness to stay in school, other school counselors, teachers, volunteers, and community members came together to form YOTO with the goal of helping students graduate.  Since then, over 16,000 homeless and compromised students have been empowered to stay in school and pursue opportunities for self-sufficiency.

 

About Our Family Services- Our Family Services is a Tucson non-profit whose roots go back to the 1950s. Our Family’s mission is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen our community. We do this by providing stability in times of crisis, fostering social connectedness, linking people to support and resources, and engaging our neighbors to tackle tough community issues. http://www.ourfamilyservices.org

 

About The Primavera Foundation, Inc.: The Primavera Foundation provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. Primavera’s vision promotes social and economic justice, while working to build a future in which all people are assured basic human rights, a livable income, and safe, affordable housing. Primavera’s continuum of services over the past 34 years focus on the following four pathways: 1) survival – emergency shelters, drop-in resource centers, homeless prevention and intervention; 2) stability – safe, affordable housing, job readiness skills, temporary and permanent employment, water harvesting, and drug treatment alternative to prison; 3) security – financial education and homebuyer education, financial and housing counseling, and affordable homeownership opportunities; and 4) sustainability – working collaboratively with a variety of multi-sector community partners on neighborhood revitalization, resident engagement, leadership development, education, and advocacy to create greater equity, healthy neighborhoods, and to support collective action around critical policy issues impacting low-income working families. http://www.primavera.org

Family Housing Resources grants $100,000 to Angel Charity for Children

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded $100,000 to Angel Charity to support their continued service to youth in the Tucson community. The $100,000 will go to support a $700,000 grant to Children’s Clinics a nonprofit agency serving children with complex medical needs. Angel Charity for Children, Inc., is a non-profit organization comprised of approximately 150 devoted volunteers representing a cross-section of the Tucson community. Through innovative fundraising, these dedicated ‘Angels’ are committed to providing Pima County’s children with the vibrant future they so richly deserve, and FHR Cares is thrilled to be an active partner and support Angel Charity’s highly vetted process of selecting deserving organizations in our community.  “FHR’s Board of Directors and executive team have long admired the dedication, hard work, and professionalism Angel Charity exhibits,” stated John Payne former FHR board member.

Children’s Clinics will utilize their Angel Charity gift for a new facility to better serve their community. “The Angel Charity Center for CARE at Children’s Clinics will provide a unique, sensory-friendly environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex medical needs to receive all of their outpatient care in one, convenient location. The addition of this space will create opportunity for Children’s Clinics to serve a new population and expand services to the 7,000 children already receiving care at Children’s Clinics. This innovative new space is the result of love and support from our entire Tucson community and is made possible by gifts from several organizations, including Family Housing Resources. We are proud and humbled to be able to pursue our mission in partnership with many other compassionate community members.” Jared Perkins, CEO, Children’s Clinics.

About Angel Charity for Children: Angel Charity for Children’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children in Pima County. Each year, the Angel Charity general membership selects beneficiaries, and partners with businesses and individuals throughout Pima County to raise funds to fulfill their grant request.

Family Housing Resources grants $70,000 to Nova AZ Bowl to support End Zone for Education

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded Nova AZ Bowl with $70,000 to support the End Zone for Education program which helps regional school districts and their foundations raise money for schools, teachers and students. FHR Cares offered underwriting for funds raised through the sale of 3,000 end-zone tickets.  Schools have the potential to secure up to $37,500. The Tucson Unified School District, Sahuarita School District, Salpointe Catholic High School, Flowing Wells School District, Amphi Foundation and Pima Community College Foundation are the 2019 beneficiaries of the program.

About Nova AZ Bowl: The mission of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl is to provide world-class experiences for college student-athletes, fans, and the local community, culminating in a nationally recognized college football competition. The Arizona Bowl is a non-profit organization that strives to inspire youth, engage the community, support local charities, and create positive economic impact in Southern Arizona.

Family Housing Resources grants $100,000 to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFBSA) $100,000 in support of its $4.5 million renovation. Central to the renovation is the installation of an industrial-sized cooler-freezer to better preserve perishable food; redesigning of the parking area to provide semi-trucks with safe access to the cold storage area; and the expansion of the volunteer area and client parking lot. CFBSA’s goal is to complete the renovation by September 2020 in order to better serve the needs of the community.

“For 44 years the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has fed the hungry and been an inspiring advocate for families and individuals living in poverty,” said Meghan Heddings, FHR executive director. “We are thrilled to be a lead contributor and help this amazing organization achieve its mission of feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.”

About Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona:  responds to the root causes of hunger and seeks to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people living in poverty. Our mission is to change lives in the communities we serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.

Family Housing Resources awards $10,000 to Sister Jose Women’s Center

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHRCares awarded Sister Jose Women’s Center with a $10,000 grant for pumps and irrigation systems for a garden designed to be both therapeutic and educational for residents at its shelter. As it can be difficult to find funding for capital projects FHR Cares believes in supporting all needs of organizations that are doing profoundly important work like Sister Jose Women’s Center. This gift allowed for the completion of a fully functioning cistern in the organizations garden benefiting the organization and it’s residents alike.

About Sister Jose Women’s Center: Sister Jose Women’s Center is a safe haven for Tucson women experiencing homelessness and is often the first step to recovery from homelessness. A Tucson-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009. Their low-barrier day center provides unaccompanied homeless women with a stable and safe environment to recuperate from the daily struggle of homelessness and extreme poverty. https://www.srjosewomensshelter.org/

Family Housing Resources awarded StartUp Tucson with $25,000 its Startup Fundamental Series

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR cares awarded Start Up Tucson with $25,000 its Startup Fundamental Series which offers education all types of entrepreneurs and startups at every stage of their growth. With a shared focus on economic development and low-cost, low-barrier access to resources, FHR Cares’ support of Startup Tucson’s educational offerings ensures service to diverse communities with a focus on increasing the types of entrepreneurs in Tucson.  

The Startup Fundamental Series is part of the greater Startup educational offerings specifically focused on business development.  The “Fundamental Series” of Courses provide a rich toolbox of skills for every entrepreneur, regardless of stage or industry and include opportunities such as Market Research & Customer Discovery, Pitching Your Company and Lean Methodology Deep Dive.

About Start Up Tucson: Startup Tucson provides comprehensive wrap-around services for entrepreneurs that include Discovery & Networking Events, Educational Programming, and a free membership hub called The Startup Tucson Network. Startup Tucson is also known for two larger regional ecosystem building events, TENWEST Festival of Innovation and IdeaFunding.

The Startup Tucson model was developed through a combination of national best practices, entrepreneurs feedback, and the Startup Tucson Advisory Council to be specially tailored to Tucson’s unique ecosystem. Startup Tucson is “industry agnostic” inso much as they are open to entrepreneurs of all kinds –from software and technology to artisans and creatives. https://www.startuptucson.com/

Family Housing Resources grants Local First AZ $35,000 for the Fuerza Local Business Incubator

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded Local First AZ with $35,000 for their Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program a six-month program designed to teach underserved micro-entrepreneurs important basics for financial literacy and business development. Participants attend weekly classes on a variety of topics including marketing, business planning, cash flow management, and many more. Participants also gain critically important financial literacy through participating in a lending circle, which requires them to make on-time payments every month they are in the program.

Local First Arizona Foundation launched the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator in 2013 as a direct response to the influx of predatory lenders that target low- income Latinos who often lack financial literacy and access to resources that help build thriving businesses. “FHR Care’s generosity is helping advance Arizona’s economy and increase prosperity for all. Your commitment to the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program enables us to deliver new and innovative ways to create jobs, improve health and well being, and increase self-reliance in under-served communities.” Kimber Lanning, Executive Director Local First Arizona Foundation.  

About Local First Arizona: Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. Local First supports, promotes and advocates for a strong local business community and raised public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by strong local economies. Local businesses contribute to a sustainable economy for Arizona and build vibrant communities we’re all proud to call home. https://www.localfirstaz.com/

Family Housing Resources grants $25,000 in support of Step Up to Justice

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), whose mission is to create lasting solutions to help individuals and families reach financial freedom through housing support, education, and partnership. 

The FHR Cares Community Investment Fund was established in 2015 by Family Housing Resources, Inc., and FHR Cares, Inc. both 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organizations in Pima County, AZ. to further support FHR’s mission through offering funding support to partner organizations doing similar mission driven work in the community. In 2019 FHR Cares has awarded $475,000 in gifts to better Pima County and foster lasting community partnerships.

FHR Cares awarded Step Up to Justice (SU2J) with $25,000 to further their work of providing free civil legal services to the most vulnerable people in our community ensuring access to justice is a reality for all Pima County residents.

“With your help, we can work to prevent homelessness, halt illegal evictions and improve access to the courts for self-represented litigants. Because of your gift, we can help next-of-kin obtain minor guardianships for children whose parents cannot care for them. We can ensure safety for victims of domestic violence by obtaining orders of protection.”   SU2J’s Executive Director Michelle Mirto 

FHR Cares is pleased to invest in SU2J’s full-service free civil legal center for the poor and working poor in Pima County. Their careful financial stewardship and innovative use of technology designed to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them is a valuable asset for Pima County residents.


About Step Up to Justice: Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center for low-income individuals and families in Pima County, powered by the talents of volunteer attorneys and the efficient use of technology and funding. A public service by private citizens, Step Up to Justice harnesses the energy of volunteer attorneys and channels that resource to members of the community who need but cannot afford legal services.  Step Up to Justice relies on innovation in technology to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them. By targeting funds at the infrastructure necessary to connect clients in need with volunteers ready to help, Step Up to Justice reaches clients, recruits volunteers, builds partnerships, and provides free civil legal services efficiently and at a low cost. http://www.stepuptojustice.org/

 

Family Housing Resources grants $50,000 in support of La Frontera and The Primavera Foundation

Family Housing Resources, Inc. (“FHR”), a support organization of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima (the “Pima IDA”), is pleased to announce that it has awarded two more grants totaling $50,000 in an effort to support affordable community programs in Pima County and Southern Arizona.

The grantees are La Frontera and The Primavera Foundation, with $25k each. The funding will be used by La Frontera for supportive services at Rally Point Veterans Apartment complex and by Primavera for Casa Paloma, the women’s housing program and drop-in center that is undergoing a much-needed renovation. Award ceremonies were held last week at the nonprofits respective local offices.

“We are very pleased, especially at this time of year, to make good on our promise to keep investing in the Tucson community and Pima County to make life better for residents in need,“ said FHR’s Board President Steve Russo. “We have a long way to go, but every success story for an individual or a family is a success story for the community as a whole. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the hard work, commitment and compassion of organizations like La Frontera and The Primavera Foundation.”

FHR is one of three Pima IDA support organizations that also include Community Investment Corporation (“CIC”) and Southern Arizona Land Trust, Inc. (“SALT”), all of which focus on improving the economic growth and general welfare of Pima County.

Last month FHR awarded two grants totaling $150,000 to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Our Family Services.

About La Frontera

La Frontera cares for individuals and families diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse disorders, including the homeless, by providing housing and supportive services needed to live healthier, more independent lives in the Pima County area. http://lafronteraaz.org.

About The Primavera Foundation

The Primavera Foundation provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. Primavera’s vision promotes social and economic justice, while working to build a future in which all people are assured basic human rights, a livable income, and safe, affordable housing. Primavera’s continuum of services over the past 34 years focus on the following four pathways: 1) survival – emergency shelters, drop-in resource centers, homeless prevention and intervention; 2) stability – safe, affordable housing, job readiness skills, temporary and permanent employment, water harvesting, and drug treatment alternative to prison; 3) security – financial education and homebuyer education, financial and housing counseling, and affordable homeownership opportunities; and 4) sustainability – working collaboratively with a variety of multi-sector community partners on neighborhood revitalization, resident engagement, leadership development, education, and advocacy to create greater equity, healthy neighborhoods, and to support collective action around critical policy issues impacting low-income working families. http://www.primavera.org