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GAP Ministries

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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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tremendously generous agency with deep concern for making a difference in our community!
People working for this agency are more than willing to give 110% of their heart in coming alongside those with like minded vision to see broken lives healed and families restored. Solid proof of God's great love is the undeniable result of GAP ministry production here in Tucson, AZ.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries is filled w/ the genuine love of Christ through people who demonstrate their compassion with excellent quality care that is evident in all that they selflessly steward & put their hands to work in. It's an absolute privilege to witness the truth of Christ Jesus at work in those who serve our community in this blessed non-profit organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am truly blessed to be a part of Gap Ministries. I've seen so many lives blessed by Gap. To be able to work for a company that provides so much for our community is amazing. Gods presence is everywhere.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am impressed with what they've done and continue to do. They have served many and are continuing to bring care, love, & support to the community and those who work, serve, and partner with them. It was my pleasure working with them as I got to see the workings from the inside out. There is so much time and prayer put into every decision they make as they let Jesus be the center of the organization. Everything they do, they do it with love.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came to GAP MInistries as a retired member of higher education. All of the academic experiences I have had pale in comparison to being with children who so desperately need so much. The children in the care of GAP Ministries get to see a 'family structure' and experience care and safety and trust. This agency is one of the top in the state!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
As a Volunteer I have witnessed the amazing blessing of Gap Ministries bringing help to children, healing to families, and hope to the community. From serving the marginalized, caring for foster children and working toward the healthy restoration of families, sharing fresh food and basic needs items with over 90 Southern Arizona nonprofits serving the needy, to providing hygiene items, paper goods, cleaning supplies and other needed items. The list goes on and none of this would be possible without Jesus at the center of it all. The Holy Spirit is truly present in this place serving God’s people and especially the most vulnerable.

2 Holley L.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Gap ministries changed the direction of my life. Living in one of there group homes I was blessed with amazing house parents who led me to know the Lord and begin to build a solid foundation. They emphasized the importance of education, relationship with God, and constant personal growth. With out Gap I would not know God, I would not have graduated college, or resolved feeling of grief and loss. I am able to give back to the ministry now and am so impressed by all that gap ministries does . Thank you gap ministries for all you do!

3 Jennifer N.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve seen lives changed and kids loved and cared for to no end. GAP is making a difference in our kids lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I moved to Tucson I wasn't really looking for a job but needed to get out of the house. I volunteered at GAP Ministries for 8 months and then became an employee. The rewards have been worth it all. I have worked in the office, transported, worked in the homes, and the clothes closet. I LOVE being at GAP Ministries and wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and supported GAP Ministries since 1999. The Team at GAP has a passion to bring healing to both children and their families. GAP staff treats the children as if they were their own children - modeling a healthy home environment, and giving them the love their birth parents did not give them. Children experience family vacations, help with daily activities such as school work and relationship building with the other children staying at the group home. Children also learn their responsibilities as a member of the “family”.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get to spend time in with GAP almost on a daily basis. I have learned their commitment to service goes further then the children in there homes. With help of all the dedicated employees and volunteers they turely are committed to changing one life at a time. Whether it is the life of a child, someone in need in the community or someone enrolled in the classes they go over and beyond to show love, respect and support. I am amazed by the team they have at GAP. Everyone involved has help to set the culture of caring and honor. Blessing to them and to all that continue to their hand to the plow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working at GAP only a few months ago. I had been aware of GAP and had many interactions with the people here before working here both personally and with the non profits and ministries I was involved in before where they helped support us in different functions. It is nice to see from the inside out now their kindness, generosity and loving hearts towards each other and the community. Its really a joy working at a place with so many amazing people, talented and humble, giving and sincere in making a difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In my work with Ex-Felons I have seen the amazing transformation that Gap Ministries has had on numerous lives. I can't say enough about the assistance they provide. Enriching and enabling others to pursue a career and fulfill their purpose in life! GRRRRREAT job Gap Ministries, so blessed to be a part of helping you...Help others!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love all of the wonderful things GAP does for our community. They are there to take care of children in foster care and they show so much love to them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the care and love that the house parents give to these precious children! Through no fault of their own, they have been put in a vulnerable situation and can not fend for themselves. Then, here comes GAP MINISTRIES to the rescue, to bring provisions, to bring love, and to bring HOPE once again to these children!! In the words of Jesus, "let the children come unto me". Thanks to all the hard workers and volunteers that make life a whole lot better for many kids today!! Love & prayers, Sherry

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been an amazing experience working for GAP Ministries and seeing all of the lives that have been positively impacted through this organization. GAP is filled with so many loving people, and their passion is to help those in need in any way that they can.

2 TIffany81

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working for a ministry that God is in the center of everything we do and every decision we make. It's not a job but a place to serve. Doing what I love and fulfilling my calling and passion in a place that serves our community in such a unique way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gap ministries is a life-changing ministry, both for the children being impacted, and for the staff members getting to be a part of God's plan for these kids. It is not just a roof over their head- Gap Ministries specifically makes the effort to create a loving home for these kids, by surrounding them not just with the materials they need, but people who truly love them and want to help them be successful in life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries is full of staff who give heart and soul to the kids in care. There is so much love and hope being poured out into the community. We are blessed to be a part of the difference GAP is making for every person it serves.

2 Matthew83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gap Ministries is an amazing organization with exceptional leadership. If you are looking for a place to invest you time and resources and you want to have confidence about your return, this is the place. I will show up every time they call! Thank you Gap Ministries