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Causes: Children & Youth, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Foster Care, Group Homes, Human Services

Mission: GAP's mission is simple: Standing in the GAP for those in need. Bringing help to children, healing to families, and hope to the community.

Results: Over 2000 children and teens in the custody of the state due to neglect or abuse cared for in the past 17 years at our SPLASH Houses 50,000+ backpacks filled with supplies handed out in the past 9 years to Tucson low-income school districts to celebrate the value of education. Close to 4 million pounds of food given to individuals and other agencies serving those in need for the past 4 years. Approximately $4 million dollars worth of household supplies, food and clothing shared with other 501c3 nonprofits serving the ill, needy and youth since 2013. 1000 meals prepared and served from our commercial kitchen each week, serving 8 low-income schools Monday - Friday. Smiles put on the faces of thousands of foster children and other disadvantaged children in the community through the past 9 years of Holiday of Hope - presents picked out from the children's wish lists, purchased and wrapped by volunteers.

Target demographics: caring for foster children and teens, and partnering with nonprofits in the community to impact families in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 377 children/teens cared for at our SPLASH Homes; close to 1 million pounds of food and $800,000 worth of household necessities given to nonprofits serving families in need; 2500 backpacks given to children at low income schools; 100,000 meals served through partnerships, outreaches and to foster children

Geographic areas served: Southern Arizona

Programs: GAP Ministries, a social service nonprofit serving Southern Arizona since 1999, Stands in the GAP for those in need in two core areas: Family and Community. GAP cares for foster children and works toward the healthy restoration of families. We provide food and necessary items to the needy through outreach and partnerships. GAP believes we can impact the lives of children, families and communities, one life at a time. GAP's mission is simple: Standing in the GAP for those in need. Bringing help to children, healing to families, and hope to the community. FAMILY: GAP cares for over 400 foster children and teens annually in 14 family style group homes in Tucson. Siblings are able to stay together while in care due to the larger size of our homes. GAP helps foster teens and young adults learn the life skills necessary to successfully “age out” of foster care and into adulthood with mentoring and independent living programs. To better deal with the root causes of the foster care crisis, GAP is a local provider of court-mandated visitation programs for foster children and their birth parents. We are also certified by the state to provide training and licensing of foster parents. It is our desire and goal to see healthy restoration of families when possible. COMMUNITY: GAP’s Community warehouse shares fresh food and basic needs items with over 90 Southern Arizona nonprofits serving the needy. Almost 1 million pounds of healthy vegetables, fruit, and other perishable items are distributed annually throughout the community by GAP’s partnering nonprofits. Throughout Southern Arizona, nonprofits that serve the marginalized annually receive close to $1,000,000 worth of hygiene items, paper goods, cleaning supplies and other needed items from GAP’s warehouse. Through partnerships with nonprofits, churches, businesses, schools and hundreds of volunteers, GAP’s outreaches serve food, backpacks, and toys at Christmas to low-income children and their families. Our Community Kitchen trains young people in the culinary arts, while maximizing the use of donated perishable food and feeding thousands in the community. Feeding programs include the Flowing Wells School District’s 6 elementary school after-school programs, with two Amphitheater schools.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Shawna7

Former staff

Rating: 5

Greatest time of my life working with Gap. They do some amazing things for children and for the community directly. I love that they serve free meals to underprivileged kids at the local public schools. I love that created a way to give foster children a better way to live and work to help families get their kids back and also get back on their feet with any household or grocery needs have.,

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your comments. You have been a huge blessing to countless children and young adults, and to GAP.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries has a profoundly positive impact in our community! From helping young children in very difficult situations (for which the children are not responsible, I might add) to mentoring/ coaching teens and older children in a crucial, formative time...to providing services thru their warehouse/kitchen...Southern Arizona is lucky to have GAP!

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GAP does a lot in the community. What I appreciate most about GAP is their founding leadership. Gap's leadership has a heart to truly serve the Tucson community in the love of God. No organization is perfect, but you can trust the heart of GAP and their motivations.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments.

2 Heath J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with GAP in several different capacities. They make a difference here in Tucson.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your comments - you have been a blessing to us as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Gap from its beginning. I believe it is the best place for children that cannot be with their parents.. I have known Greg and Pam even before Gap was started and I know them to be honest, trustworthy people that want the best for any child that is placed in
Gap homes. I have helped at Gap before as a volunteer and was amazed at the way it is organized. I think any child that is placed in Gap Ministries has an excellent chance of being healed of their past and trained for their future. Yes GAP is AWESOME!!!

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments.

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Former staff

Rating: 1

Great people working as house parents. Sadly management is very political, cliqueish and two-faced.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

We are sincerely sorry that this was your experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We donated to GAP in the past but they have recently been on our mind. With the help of Assurance Mental Health and Wellness we have turned our eyes towards GAP to help our troubled teen. So thankful their are organizations out there willing to put the children first. Thank you for all you do! April Walker Tucson,AZ

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments. We are so happy that we were able to be of service to your family.

3 Heather248

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries is a place where children are loved, no matter where they are from or what their circumstances are in life. I volunteered in the kitchen and in the schools to serve food. Food is donated and then GAP makes sure that every single item is used to its full capacity so waste is not an issue. The kitchen staff was so friendly and directed the volunteers with ease. As a person with a Certified Food Management certificate, I appreciated the cleanliness and the procedures used in the kitchen to protect the staff and children. The food was delicious and the fellowship was even better. A great non-for-profit with amazing leaders.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you so much for your kind comments, and thank you for volunteering!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

It's been a year with GAP and I would not have it any other way! GAP is like a family. We come together, support one another, and work hard to better the lives of kids. I love being a part of GAP and can't wait to be a part of the growth.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments, and for making a difference in the lives of children.

3 Tiane K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I work at GAP Ministries, but my husband and I are also monthly donors, and we volunteer our time for worthy causes that GAP participates in. The leadership at GAP are humble and true servant leaders. You can find them one day meeting with legislators in the state capital fighting for the rights of foster children, and the next day in the warehouse taking out the garbage or cutting up vegetables in the commercial kitchen. My husband and I see the results of our investment in GAP in the lives of foster children, young adults trying to successfully step into adulthood without the support of their biological families, school children at low-income elementary schools, and so much more.
I would tell anyone that investing with GAP, either time or money, is good stewardship. They truly make an impact in this community!

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments and for volunteering and investing in GAP.