Gap Ministries

Rating: 5 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Food, Human Services

Location: 2861 N. Flowing Wells Rd., Suite 161 Tucson AZ 85705 USA

Mission: GAP's mission is to Stand in the GAP for those in need because people need hope, help & healing to navigate life. 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.
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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GAP Ministries has been apart of my life for over 15 years and throughout that time I have seen countless testimonies of how GAP has changed peoples lives. Check them out and you will see what I have had the privilege to see.

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Gap Ministries is a wonderful organization - doing each and everyday what their mission statement says:
Through the empowerment of God, GAP Ministries provides hope, help, and healing to those in need. They have amazing volunteers and a terrific team that truly make a difference in the lives of many. I have seen it firsthand, in the love and guidance they provide children in their foster homes and the various outreach programs they offer!

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I have had the privilege to work with the staff at Gap Ministries, and am amazed and inspired by their level of professionalism and caring attitudes! What a wonderful ministry by truly exceptional people!

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GAP Ministries strives and achieves excellence in every community outreach they sponsor. They also have a heart for every child they serve and strive to provide loving homes and parents for them. The staff and parents are incredible individuals to do the outstanding ministry they give to the children and community.

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I am very familiar with this Ministry and their impact in this community. They have strong leadership and are making a difference in the lives of people in Tucson. I am proud to support Gap Ministries with my finances and time.

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WE help support Gap Minitries, We Happen to be very Proud of the work they do. Pam and Greg have been called to this ministry and you can see the Lord working through this calling. I am not saying this because Pam is my neice, and I know the years they have spent in this service. I am saying this because they are such a big part in the care of Kids that really, really need lots of love and atteintion, and they give it to them abundantly. Praise God. Love and prayers, Aunt Katy and Uncle Jim.

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I am a long time co laborer adn new friend of GAP Ministries within the Tucson, Arizona area. I was told about them through a friend of mine who knew my heart for people and work in the community. Just hearing about their mission and work they had already achieved I was hooked. Upon meeting with Tiane Kennedy and listening to the vision and desire to expand the range of assistance gripped me again. I was motivated to move in an area I had been wanting to reach but needed a bit more help - The next thing I know I and an Apartment manager friend of mine ADOPTED A SCHOOL - With assistance of GAP over 200 children will receive much needed help with their school supplies, back pacs and start of school with a JOYFUL Celebration -- The look on the principles face was priceless - and we let him know we will do all we can to help through out the year. This was a "heart plan" but without GAP IT would not have been possible. Their spirit motivated us to make a bigger difference. THANKS GAP - WE LOVE YOU!

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I was exposed to GAP ministries a year ago. What is outstanding (not that there is only one or two things!) about the organization is the character and sense of mission of the staff - everyone from top to bottom. Each and every time I have intersected with a member of their team, it has been an exceptional experience. I cannot say that about many entities these days.

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