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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

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watch GAP and their staff sacrifice to serve children, families and individuals of Southern Arizona for years. Though this or any organization is not perfect, God still uses them the impacts more and more lives each and every year. GAP and all those who have and do serve there are a blessing to our community. Thanks for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the Blessing of working for gap for 3 years. My Heart was drawn here as I heard of there work with children in the Foster Care system and there children's Homes. What BIG HEARTS GAP HAS. Thank you Greg and Pam and staff for all you do. Thank you for feeding the homeless also. This ministry truly had taught me how to Love my neighbor as my self, thank you Gap !

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began working for GAP Ministries in May 2018 as a Visitation Supervisor. As I was welcomed into GAP I found GAP Ministries is much, much more than than providing a safe environment for children to have visit with parent/parents. GAP serves the community in so many ways. I can offer the parent an opportunity to have lunch (at no cost) with their child/children while having a visit. Not only does this help the parent financially but the people who are being taught a skill in the culinary school. The children in GAP’s Splash Houses ‘shop’ at GAP. Children I supervise are excited showing off the new shoes or clothing they received. GAP does much more than the areas in which I work and see each day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to GAP Ministries almost 5 years ago. I volunteered for 8 months and then was asked to join the "Wonderful Staff". I have worked at GAP Ministries for 4 years this month and I would never leave this wonderful Ministry. I have worked in many departments of GAP Ministries and I have been truly blessed by being in this Ministry.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries is amazing! The work they do to serve foster children and their families is awesome, but that’s only part of the story.

Their culinary and auto-mechanics job-training programs are focused on not just a “handout” but a “hand up”. They do everything with love and excellence.

One of my favorite things about GAP Ministries is their willingness to collaborate with other charities to mutually serve the Tucson community. The Community Warehouse that they house and facilitate is a perfect example of this. The warehouse generously serves so many and because of GAP Ministries our whole community is strengthened and brought together.

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GAP Ministries 08/20/2019

Thank you for your kind comments. We are grateful to be able to partner with wonderful organizations serving our community like the Care Portal.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched GAP expand its services over the past 5 years since I first came across it and have been amazed to see what God has done in and through this amazing ministry! So many people and families have been blessed by all that flows in and out these doors on a daily basis - group homes that allow siblings in foster care to live together and not be separated at such a traumatic time in their lives, a warehouse that supplies non-profits with reduced prices on all kinds of housewares and goods, supervising visits for DCS whose children have been removed from them and the family is working towards reunification, a diner that serves lunch every day and caters all kinds of events, a culinary school giving offenders a second chance at learning a marketable skill, a garage that offers full-service automotive needs and also offers a training component, assists and supports families to become licensed foster parents, and I'm pretty sure I have missed something. If there is a need in the community, chances are that GAP is either meeting it on some level or in partnership with those who are! WHAT A BLESSING!

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GAP Ministries 08/20/2019

Thank you for sharing this. Blessings to you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It’s amazing how many ways Gap Ministries impacts children and families in our community. They continually show the love and compassion of God to vulnerable children. Gap provides food and material goods to local ministries so they can provide for low income families and more.

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GAP Ministries 08/20/2019

Thank you!

5 Sarah T.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for this agency in the past in multiple roles, and was able to witness the people of Gap Ministries come into the lives of those in need and provide services, support and the tools necessary to move positively towards the next step in their lives. What a wonderful agency, proud of the work I was able to do there!

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GAP Ministries 08/20/2019

You were a blessing to us, as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I volunteered a number of years at GAP. He was very handy and could do almost anything, so they called us "The Builders." I was a builder by association. I would read the directions and get the next tool or piece ready.

He became ill and we were no longer able to come. He passed away a month ago. This week was the first time I had been back. It was like a homecoming to me. GAP has a special place in my heart.

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GAP Ministries 08/20/2019

Much thanks to both you and Ted, who were faithful workers and helped us build the Community Warehouse through your weekly volunteerism. Bless you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pure religion to God is visiting orphans and widow- check
Feed the hungry- check
Heal the broken hearted - check
Make disciples - check


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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I am a previous employee and was drawn to Gap for its inherit charm and ministry. A family of believers working together for the good of Tucson. I would have gladly stayed for a career based solely on the heart and vision of their work. Unfortunately the upper management become quickly overwhelmed and unsupportive of their employees. I don't think this was their original intent, but the organization grew too fast without taking care of its people. After working there for years my boss's boss didn't even know how to pronounce my name (which is hardly reminiscent of the family life they tout) Gap is a wonderful example of how good ministries and non profits can plumit into catastrophic toxicity. Many who have left have found better ways to serve Tucson, be appreciated by their managers and actually earn overtime pay. Many are still trying to unlearn habits formed in their toxic work environment. My heart goes out to the direct support who are there for the right reasons and they're doing right by the people they serve -but as a whole Gap needs to revisit how they treat their employees. Make your employees feel appreciated and they will always go above and beyond -work them to the bone, leave them stressed out and traumatized and you'll have what Gap has created.

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GAP Ministries 08/16/2019

We are sorry when an employee leaves our ministry feeling unappreciated or under-valued for their contribution. It is not our intent and certainly not the heart of this ministry for any employee to leave with hurts and wounds from management or the pressure of ministry. We are continually working to reinforce best-workplace practices by teaching that all employees must be honored, valued, and heard. We acknowledge that this field of ministry and all social work, in general, has an inherent issue with turnover due to the stresses that are involved. We currently have selfless management teams who continually work on solutions to alleviate some of those stressors. We never want good and passionate staff to leave our ministry and that is why our office is always open and our HR department is always available as we welcome current or former employees to sit down and discuss solutions for the difficulties that come with this form of social service work.

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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

2 OneLife

Board Member

Rating: 5

What I love the most about GAP is of corse that we are impacting one life at a time.....but even more impressive in the people God sends to fulfill this mission. We are blessed with ministers who come from all over the world to unite together to change lives. Every year the team at GAP accomplishes more than I can imagine. THANKS GAP team for being on the front lines everyday! Be blessed

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Working at GAP Ministries my favorite part is the amazing people God sends to work together to accomplish so much for our community. GAP is blessed with an amazing team who go above and beyond!! Go Team!

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments, and for serving GAP Ministries.

2 Shawna7

Former staff

Rating: 5

Greatest time of my life working with Gap. They do some amazing things for children and for the community directly. I love that they serve free meals to underprivileged kids at the local public schools. I love that created a way to give foster children a better way to live and work to help families get their kids back and also get back on their feet with any household or grocery needs have.,

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your comments. You have been a huge blessing to countless children and young adults, and to GAP.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries has a profoundly positive impact in our community! From helping young children in very difficult situations (for which the children are not responsible, I might add) to mentoring/ coaching teens and older children in a crucial, formative time...to providing services thru their warehouse/kitchen...Southern Arizona is lucky to have GAP!

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GAP does a lot in the community. What I appreciate most about GAP is their founding leadership. Gap's leadership has a heart to truly serve the Tucson community in the love of God. No organization is perfect, but you can trust the heart of GAP and their motivations.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your kind comments.