For Donovan, 47, a man used to making his own way in the world, the apartment provides basic needs: shelter, a mattress to sleep on, a small kitchen, bathroom and a welcome sense of safety. Not that Donovan has much idle time to rest these days. He travels 2-3 hours by bus each way to his job at an e-commerce fulfillment center where he works nights and happily takes on extra shifts when needed. His goal is to fully reclaim the self-sufficient life he once knew.
I am a testimony to the difference a caring mentor can make.
I grew up in an amazing family who worked hard to ensure school was a priority. They were my first mentors.
My parents taught us that hard work and focus would provide a pathway to greater success. I remember the consejos from Ama y Apa. One I heard almost every day was, “Hechale Ganas Mijo.”
We met Robert Wiggins at Arizona StandDown in 2015 where he recruited about 60 of his Charles Schwab colleagues to volunteer as guest guides to serve homeless veterans in the Valley. He was giddy and proud then for the opportunity to participate in the event. This year, he doubled the number, bringing 120 volunteers. The mission for Robert is a personal one.
Serving Valley Veterans Brings Joy & Pride. More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to help serve our military veterans at this week’s Arizona StandDown. Among those answering the call are employees from area businesses including Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Bank of America and USAA.
While those in the military are taught to “StandDown” as a means to withdraw or disengage in force or combat, we at Valley of the Sun United Way are proud to stand up for Arizona veterans. Take a look at how we serve the brave men and women who serve our country every day.
We are embarking on a new year, and for most of us, this means a period of unveiled excitement, hopefulness, high levels of emotional energy and usually renewing promises to accomplish a goal(s)that we’ve struggled with every year before—goals like lose weight, exercise more, give up smoking, get our finances in order. Sound familiar? Guess what? We can and we will be successful at money management by following these four simple steps that will take you into the New Year and beyond.
“Homelessness is a condition, not an identity.” That is the understanding that Barb Perry says inspired her to write the poem, I Am Sam.
“Experiencing homelessness should never define or place a value on any individual,” says Barb, Director of Annual Workforce Giving at Valley of the Sun United Way. “We are all human. We all strive to survive.”
Valley of the Sun United Way has trained hundreds of Financial Coaches who helped more than 3,200 families in the last year to increase their income and savings, decrease debt and improve their credit score. So why is financial security important to you and the whole community? Get answers from our financial Coaching Expert Cherylyn Strong, Community Impact Manager at Valley of the Sun United Way.
Joe’s is a familiar face at Project Connect, events held throughout the year to provide life-saving resources including employment, health and legal services. Meet Joe and learn why he is a shining example of what it means to Live United.