Phoenix Arizona

Mesa agencies support Domestic Violence Awareness Month with display by azhttp

In Arizona, a woman is murdered by her husband or boyfriend every four days.

In an effort to bring attention and awareness to this staggering problem,

the City of Mesa and Save the Family Foundation of Arizona have joined

forces to create a display at the Main Library, 64 E. First St., which will

run through the month of October. The display contains artwork and

stories from the mothers and children in Save the Family’s program.

Visitors to the display will learn to recognize domestic violence, see how

domestic violence victims are working to turn their lives around as well as

find out how they can volunteer and help be part of the solution. The

display coincides with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Save the Family provides transitional housing and case management services

to more than 300 families a year. With 159 housing units serving homeless

families with children throughout the Valley, Save the Family is changing

the face of homelessness and helping many women and children of domestic

violence get a fresh start. Through programs like Career Development, Legal

Assistance and domestic violence and parenting classes, clients in Save the

Family’s program learn to become both economically and emotionally


For more information, contact Save the Family Volunteer Director Andrea Sok

at 480-898-0228, extension 215.

Gila River Indian Community Tribe donates to Mesa children’s group by quotes

Tribe donates to Mesa children’s group

Executive Director of the East Valley Child Crisis Center (EVCCC) Chris Scarpati accepted a grant from the Gila River Indian Community’s Chief of Staff Greg Mendoza at last night’s City Council meeting.

The grant, totaling $225,000 over three years, will be used to help construct a Family Resource Center/Children’s Behavioral Health Expansion building at 805 N. Country Club Dr.  The new building will increase the EVCCC’s capacity to bring two children’s programs together in one location.  The new center will allow the EVCCC to boost its services and clients by 50% by 2012.

“We are extremely grateful to have the tribe’s involvement as we reach out to serve more families,” said Scarpati.  “This partnership will be an enormous benefit to those we serve.”

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is a primary prevention program provider that promotes the well being of our community through the provision of voluntary services designed to keep children and families healthy and self-sufficient.

Proposition 202, passed by Arizona voters in Nov. 2002 allowed for new gaming compacts between the State of Arizona and 17 Arizona tribal governments.  Of the state shared revenue generated from these compacts, 12% can be retained by the Indian Community/Nation and distributed directly to local governments to benefit the general public.  Local non-profit organizations, such as the Child Crisis Center are allowed to access this grant funding if they secure an endorsement from their local government.  The City of Mesa was pleased to support the Child Crisis Center in this effort.