Rating: 5 stars 37 reviews
Issues: Human Services
Location: 2861 N. Flowing Wells Rd., Suite 161 Tucson AZ 85705 USA
Results: 300+ children in the custody of CPS cared for in the past year at our SPLASH Houses and MERGE program. 10,000 backpacks filled with supplies handed out in 2013 along with carnivals for 3 school districts to celebrate the value of education. Over 1.4 million pounds of food given to individuals and other agencies serving those in need for 2013; $600 thousand dollars worth of household supplies, food and clothing shared with other 501c3 nonprofits serving the ill, needy and youth. Smiles put on the faces of 100+ children through Holiday of Hope - presents purchased and wrapped from the children's wish lists.
Target demographics: Children and teens/young adults in the foster care system, as well as local families who are struggling with food and basic necessities
Direct beneficiaries per year: 305 children/teens cared for at our SPLASH Homes; 1.4 million pounds of food and $600 thousand worth of household necessities given to nonprofits serving families in need; 10,000 backpacks given to children at low income schools; Hundreds of families served through outreaches
Geographic areas served: Tucson, Arizona and vicinity
Programs: GAP Ministries, a 501c3 nonprofit social services agency since 1999, STANDS IN THE GAP FOR OUR COMMUNITY through the following programs: • SPLASH Houses: Fourteen (14) family-style group homes in NW Tucson for children 0-21 in the custody of the state due to neglect or abuse • MERGE: a program to help teens and young adults discover their potential and age successfully out of foster care into independent adulthood • BOOST Community Resources: warehousing and distributing food and household necessities to over 90 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 Backpack-2-School: 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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