While Lutheran Social Services offers lots of services, it really comes down to how it makes one person's life better. I was privileged to be at the celebration of a woman who was moving to her own apartment after being in our shelter program in Mesa for three years.
Abril is a Parent Educator with Family SPOT in the Southeast Region. She teaches parenting classes and oversees programs that equip families with resources so children are school ready. "I believe that by teaching new skills to families about early childhood development, I am making a difference in the lives of parents and children," Abril notes.
We are happy to announce that through a competitive process with First Things First Regional Partnership Council, Family SPOT received two three-year contracts to continue to provide services to families and children in Maricopa County.
Many of our programs directly impact children - from refugee families in Phoenix and Tucson to children who are fed through Partners in Caring and foster children served through Family HOMES across the state. Our goal is to send each child to school with a full backpack so they are ready to learn.
There are many older adults who do not have air conditioning or even a fan to cool them in these hot Arizona months. Thanks to Beautiful Savior, Tucson; Dove of Peace, Tucson; Resurrection, Oro Valley; Tanque Verde, Tucson and other generous donors more than 600 fans will provide some cooling breezes in these homes.