Rating: 5 stars 37 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Food, Human Services
Location: 2861 N. Flowing Wells Rd., Suite 161 Tucson AZ 85705 USA
Results: 2000 children and teens in the custody of the state due to neglect or abuse cared for in the past 15 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. Over 1 million pounds of food given to individuals and other agencies serving those in need for 2013 and 2014 each $1 million dollars worth of household supplies, food and clothing shared with other 501c3 nonprofits serving the ill, needy and youth in 2013 and 2014 each. 150,000 meals prepared and served from our commercial kitchen which began in 2013. Smiles put on the faces of thousands of foster children and other disadvantaged children in the community through the past 6 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: 304 children/teens cared for at our SPLASH Homes; 1.4 million pounds of food and $1 million 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, serves in three core areas: Family, Community and Ministry. Our mission is to Stand in the GAP for those in need because people need hope, help & healing to navigate life. 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 that through the practical expression of God’s love we can impact the lives of children, families and communities with destiny, one life at a time. FAMILY: GAP cares for over 300 foster children annually in 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 has begun supervised visitation programs with the birth parents, as well as training and licensing of foster parents. It is our desire and goal to see healthy restoration of families when possible. GAP’s reach even extends overseas to support a group home in Thailand for young children rescued from the sex industry. COMMUNITY: GAP’s Community warehouse shares fresh food and basic needs items with over 70 Southern Arizona nonprofits serving the needy. Over 1 million pounds of healthy vegetables, fruit, and other perishable items are distributed annually throughout the community by GAP’s partnering nonprofits and churches. Throughout Southern Arizona, nonprofits that serve the marginalized annually receive over $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 and Mobile Food Truck train young people in the culinary arts, while maximizing the use of donated perishable food and feeding thousands in the community. MINISTRY: GAP also serves the community through prayer and worship ministries. Our OneLife Internship allows those interested in combining community social services with their faith, the opportunities to minister to the disenfranchised in our city and beyond. Current Programs: • SPLASH Houses: Fourteen (14) family-style group homes in Tucson for children 0-21 in the custody of the state due to neglect or abuse • MERGE & STEP: In-house and independent living programs to help teens and young adults discover their potential and age successfully out of foster care into independent adulthood • FOSTER CARE TRAINING & LICENSING: Allowing individuals and couples to become foster parents and fill the need for the 17,000 children in Arizona needing families, either temporary or permanent • FOSTER CARE VISITATION: Facilitating supervised visits between foster children and biological parents BOOST Community Resources: warehousing and distributing food and household necessities to over 70 Southern Arizona nonprofits that serve the needy • ROOT 52 Community Kitchen & Food Truck: Reclaiming highly perishable food that would otherwise go to waste, while reclaiming lives through culinary arts training and certification • Holiday of Hope and Backpack2School: collaborating with businesses, churches, government and civic groups, and hundreds of volunteers to serve disadvantaged children
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When my husband and I answered our call by the Lord to adopt two children in foster care, we were introduced to GAP ministries through the foster parents of our soon to be children. Stan and Kristina Sifers are a true blessing to the children in their care. They provided a family environment for seven foster children which included church involvement and community service. Our children reflect upon their experience with Stan and Kristina as a positive time in their lives. They helped our children transition from their home to ours and gave our children and myself and my husband much appreciated support along the way. We are going on our third year with our children and cannot imagine life without them. We may have answered a calling to adopt, but my husband and myself have been the ones blessed. We cannot thank GAP ministries enough for their dedication to the children in their care. Thank you Stan and Kristina!
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