3 Community Resources Team Up to Help Struggling Families in Northern Pima County: Open house 10/4by Hot Off The Press (Release) on Oct. 02, 2012, under Press Releases
MARANA, AZ—Arizona Youth Partnership (AzYP), Interfaith Community Services (ICS) and Open Doors Community School have joined together to bring education opportunities, afterschool programs, employment assistance, and relationship-building programs to families in Marana and northern Pima County.
The three organizations are co-located in the former MaranaHealth Center Building at13644 N. Sandario Road in Marana. The partnership and multi-purpose location provides families (primarily those in financial distress) with a full array of services to remove barriers to self-sufficiency, while gathering the resources to work toward a more stable and economically secure future.
The community is invited to an open house of the facility, located at 13644 N. Sandario Road in Marana, on Thursday, October 4 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The free event includes tours of the facilities, refreshments from the Marana Health Center’s Copper Café and welcoming comments from local dignitaries to give area businesses, community organizations, and the public a chance to see how the project is helping people get back to work and back on their feet.
Arizona Youth Partnership took the lead in renovating the building, which houses its headquarters and free afterschool programs for students in Marana. Open Doors will open a tuition-free charter school in the building and is now enrolling K-4 for August 2013.Through a federally-funded grant collaboration, known as “Building Futures for Families,” Arizona Youth Partnership and Interfaith Community Services are offering a variety of free services at the facility. AzYP provides interactive programs on marriage, family relationship-building and communication; ICS has opened a Job Resource Center in the facility which offers free, personalized job searching assistance, as well as financial literacy education and computer classes.
“Families in financial crisis who are unemployed or facing homelessness are under tremendous stress to meet essential needs, and that can lead to conflict, divorce and fragmentation that profoundly affect children and youth,” says Daniel Stoltzfus, executive director of Arizona Youth Partnership. “By providing resources that address the full spectrum of education, afterschool and employment needs and relationship education in one convenient place, this collaboration provides critical support to families to help them move from economic crisis to economic stability,” he adds. “The services offered will allow participants to be more competitive in landing and keeping a job, building and managing family finances, and supporting the development of stronger and more resilient children.”
The project will also make programs more accessible to residents of Northern Pima County who may have difficulty traveling toTucson.
About Arizona Youth Partnership and Open Doors Community School: Arizona Youth Partnership (AzYP), founded in 1990 by a group of concerned Pima County citizens, provides rural communities access to services that fight poverty and build healthy, self-sufficient youth and families through evidence-based prevention programs and community involvement. Open Doors Community School, Inc is a subsidiary non-profit established by AzYP to open a K-8 charter school in rural Marana. Open Doors Community School will integrate AzYP’s proven programs into a small public school environment focused on academic excellence, removing barriers to learning and opening doors of opportunity for students and their families through the Community School model. The AzYP “Building Futures for Families” program and the ICS Resource Centers are funded by a United States Department of Health and Human Services grant.
About ICS: ICS provides food, job assistance, and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and mobilizes volunteers to assist seniors and disabled individuals with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals. ICS offers compassionate support by connecting over 600 volunteers and 68 faith communities with our community’s most vulnerable residents.From nutritious food to health evaluations to a ride to the doctor’s office, ICS assists nearly 25,500 people a year. ICS has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating three years in a row for its fiscal responsibility and best practices.For additional information, please visit the ICS website at ww.icstucson.org.