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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Counseling

Mission: The mission of Turn Your Life Around (T.Y.L.A.), Inc. is to support, encourage, and empower homeless men and women in sustaining their lives in recovery from drugs, alcohol and mental health issues.

Results: 2012 Year to Date services are as follows: • This year alone Turn Your Life Around has served 345 women. • We have placed 31 women in sober living facilities, where their recovery process can begin. • We have assisted 3 women in the regaining their drivers license through the Homeless Court Program. This program substitutes outstanding fines with community service hours and substance abuse treatment. • Our Employment Service class has assisted 23 women in resume writing, interview techniques, job skill assessments and job search. • Our “Dress for Success” program has given 42 women from various recovery programs in the community over 120 sets of clothing, undergarments and hygiene packets. • Turn Your Life Around has job training in our onsite retail thrift store. In collaboration with the Department of Economic Security Workforce we train women in marketing, sales, inventory and customer service. This satisfies the requirements for their monthly cash assistance, while preparing them for re-entry into the workforce. Year to date we have accommodated 25 women. • We mentored 18 women, showing them how to achieve a life style that is beneficial to productivity. We want to see these women live a fulfilling life with their families and become strong examples for their children. • We have given out 18 (2) way bus passes to women for transportation to and from services, we have supplied 10 women with infant and toddler clothing and have helped 4 women complete the community service hours needed to be released from probation and complete their legal requirements.

Programs: clothing giveaway, peer mentoring, employment service classes, recovery support groups, relapse prevention

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This agency has the highest of integrity that I have ever known, they empower our clients to believe in themselves, they set an example of what is like to succeed if you have the right attitude and have resources, I call them our Guardian Angels , they help you with everything they got starting with a kind and warm welcome when you walk in their office, if you need something and they don't have it they find a way to get it. Tucson should be very proud to have TYLA as a non Profit agency to help out our community. thank you Martha Hunnicutt

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been an Advisory Board Member for approximatly 2 years, and have watched with amazement their accomplishments in such a short period of time. This is a testamonial to the fine staff and volunteers and their dedication to their clients and programs.

Review from Guidestar

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with Tyla since it was infancy by estaboishing their 503c.
The staff under Cheryl have down an outstanding poerformance for their clients in these difrficult times. The growth and service is beyond words. As their financial advisdor they are doing what needs to be done.

Their future is bright.

Review from Guidestar

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I work in a half way house where often inmates arrive with nothing more than what they are wearing, most have lost contact with friends and some come to us from other states and do not have any familiy close by or do not have any money and they have to find work withing 15 days of arriving to our program or they risk going back to prison. TYLA has been the place where our clients can go to recovery meetings, they offer peer to peer recovery support groups, they offer clothing giveaway, they offer employment services and job training services, and they offer bus passes also help them obtain birth certificates when needed and they give them 12 step books to the ones who need them, and other miscellaneous needs, but what I really admire of this agency is the integrity and the heart the staff have for all the clients that come into their agency, they greet you with a smile and shake your hand they treat you like you are someone who is an important person, they give our clients 2 bags full of stuff and they invited them to come to the meetings to give them support in their recovery, I take 2 to 4 clients every Tuesday to get clothes females and males and they always treat us with kindness and respect this agency is a small store the treatment section is in the back, when our indigent clients first arrive to our center they are afraid of what they may or may not do right,but knowing that there are people out there who is willing to give them support it does make a difference to them. This agency is truly a great resource of support for those who have nothing material and need to get better so they can take care of their family, they know how to inspire hope they always seem to know when speaking to our clients when to say something and when to just hear them out, they are so humble and helpful you can always tell when someone has real desire to help you and they do

Review from Guidestar

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board for almost 4 years. I have seen this agency grow and grow. The population served is difficult. in spite of these challenges the staff is kind and very supportive these individuals keep comming back for their services. The atmoshere is "family like". Perhap's this is one reason.Through a difficult economy, TYLA is sustaining their program, I am proud to be a part of TYLA in so many way's. I wish that they had more resource's for funding available. It's been tough.

Review from Guidestar