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Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing Support, Human Services, Temporary Housing

Mission: Save the Family equips families to address poverty, overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency.

Target demographics: Homeless families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 587 families

Geographic areas served: Greater Phoenix area

Programs: Save the Family offers comprehensive programs to meet the specific needs of our families through our Family, Adult and Children’s Empowerment Services (FACES). In addition to stable housing and case management, Save the Family offers supportive services for adults and children - all designed to help families overcome homelessness and build a better life. Some of our core programming includes budgeting, domestic violence support and career development.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff at Save the Family Foundation are genuinely there to help. They find so many ways to get involved in the community and let families experiencing homelessness know they have a place they can go for help. Its refreshing to know there are people at Save the Family willing to help even if they don't know you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Save the Family has a skilled and compassionate team who is deeply committed to supporting families on their journey out of homelessness. As a Social Worker and mother, I am proud to support this organization and their mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor of Save the Family's for the last three years, and I am consistently impressed with the stories they share about the people they help! It's truly inspiring how much support is provided toward such a great result. They help families go from homelessness to self-sufficiency in a matter of months.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was drawn to Save the Family initially by their comprehensive support program for homeless families, but I remain a highly committed volunteer because of the amazing results they achieve with the families they work with. With clients who complete their program, the success rate is nearly 90% who remain financially and emotionally self sufficient after graduation. The other striking metric is that clients, on average, graduate from Save the Family after about eight months, which is about half the time of the national average for such programs. Save the Family has a small and very dedicated staff who produce amazing results. Volunteering there is a appreciated and gratifying.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Family has a remarkable record of success in supporting homeless families to become self sufficient. Professional Case Managers work closely with each client to guide and encourage them to take the steps needed to become self sufficient. It is not an easy process but nearly 90 % of the clients who graduate from the program become and remain self sufficient. The life skills taught and reinforced to all clients allows their confidence and self perception to improve and their life changes accordingly.
I am a volunteer and a donor and i am very impressed with the metrics Save the Family uses to track progress and success. The continuous success of Save the Family clients who complete the program reinforces my interests in volunteering and donating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First United Methodist Church of Mesa is in partnership with Save the Family. Receiving direction from the Marketing and Outreach Director and the Volunteer Coordinator we are able to assist with special events, provide volunteers when needed, and hold donation drives As a congregation, we wanted to volunteer our time with an organization that services our community. Save the Family has a vital role in our community by combatting homelessness by providing assistance with housing and childcare, providing items of necessity for daily life and providing education. It is a wonderful, compassionate organization - one we are proud in which to be associated!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud of the partnership between First United Methodist Church of Mesa and Save the Family. Save the Family is a professional yet very loving organization that truly cares about the people they serve. Their philosophy of lending people a hand up is changing lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

Save the Family is a great nonprofit organization that helps so many people in Arizona! I went to their annual gala last year and heard from a former client who had her life totally transformed by her time at Save the Family. It was amazing to hear from someone who was directly helped - one of thousands of families Save the Family has helped over the years. I am proud to support this awesome organization doing great things for so many people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Save the Family is a great organization. The staff truly care about the families served. They don't just find housing for families they also help them get better jobs so they can improve their life long-term. They provide child care, employment services, and the support a family needs so they are not homeless.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and been a donor to a few local organizations and Save the Family is heads above the rest.

Since I volunteered with Save the Family at an event at their Escobedo development I have been finding more ways to get involved.

They do more than help with housing. They help the families improve their finances so they can be self-sufficient. That is why I decided to become a donor.

You can tell that the staff truly cares about the families.

Donor

Rating: 5

Save the Family is an asset to the community and serves so many who are in need. Hearing families' stories and how they have been helped is truly inspiring. If you're looking to support a great organization this one is highly recommended!

Donor

Rating: 5

Save the Family is an amazing organization that truly cares about the success of its families. Save the Family takes a 3-prong approach when it comes to helping the families it serves by providing: housing, case management and support services which seems to be why 89% of the families served by STF last year have obtained permanent housing.

Jill Mitchell- H.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is a god send to the East Valley! The foundation of this organization is strong and stable! They have a full menu of support for the family's they serve from case management, career services and development, programs for their youth, day care so the parents can take meetings, job interviews, training classes, spend time in the career center and the list goes on and on. They truly strive to address poverty, help the clients overcome homelessness and strive for self-efficiency!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is fantastic - I've met several clients who have graduated from Save the Family programming - they are all incredibly well supported, well educated and well prepared to break the cycle of poverty

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps families overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Save the Family is doing amazing work with struggling families. As a donor, I appreciate their regular communication with real stories about the families they are helping. The obstacles faced by the families they highlight are simply astonishing. Save the Family is a force of hope and light for homeless families in my community. They surround each family with services and resources that put them on a path to self-sufficiency and make sure children in these families have every opportunity to thrive. I love this organization!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit organization as they provide supportive services and housing to homeless families in Mesa and surrounding communities. They have excellent staff and volunteers who truly care about their clients and they host an amazing holiday celebration event for families in December.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Save the Family for several years. I continue to be impressed with the heartfelt involvement of the staff, the success stories of the clients, and the fact that the final goal is independence for the clients. The tools are provided to the clients to make the opportunity for the success that much higher. My roles have evolved over the years from volunteer, to donor, to board member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Once we became acquainted with Save the Family we couldn’t stop finding ways to help and share the work of such a great organization. From helping homeless children enjoy a “normal” birthday, Christmas or childcare, to assisting adults help themselves and become self supporting, this organization has a heart for the homeless. We’ve assisted with sack lunches for clients, events for children, working at a fundraiser and donations of food and clothing. It feels good to support this organization!

1 Dustin C.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with Save the Family for a year and a half, and in that short time, I have seen incredible success stories from clients who have learned to overcome their challenges and get on their way to self-sufficiency. Save the Family staff have an abiding commitment to ensuring that clients' needs are met in terms of immediate housing and supply needs as well as job and career development. The Board is focused on staying true to Save the Family's mission and avoids the temptation to chase funding money whose conditions would detract from that mission. It is an honor to serve on the board of this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to work with Save the Family on multiple projects. They are a top notch organization and is absolutely deserving of any support you can give e.g. volunteering, financial contributions, etc.

1 Greg B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Serving the community for over 30 years, Save the Family is one of the Valley's largest homeless housing and service provider. They do incredible work in supporting families as they transition to more stable housing, ensuring children and the family unit are safe and stronger upon program completion.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

love this place. they help so many who are desperate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do a nice job helping people out and have a really nice used furniture and clothing store. They are always around helping with affordable living.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have a great thrift store and offer a lot of volunteer possibilities. They do lots of good work in Mesa.

1 bstewart

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for running a wonderful thrift store and for helping out so many people with your free furniture and housing offers. you guys do a great job.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This is a scam. My 7 year old son and I were so happy the day we got into save the family. 4 months later I found out it was all lies. I was enrolled in a program for one year. They would pay my rent for 3 months after that I would gradually step up to paying more and more of my rent so by the 9 month I was self reliant and paying 90% of my rent. That did not happen by the 4th month I was told I had to pay 80% of my rent (I make 8.00 an hour) I was counting on those months so I could save for a car and get a better job. Needless to say my son and I have been kicked out of our apt, and they are suing me for the balance due on the one year lease. Please do not give anything to this organization I am not the only one that this has happened to. Once again I am homeless and a blame them for it all. If they would have lived up to there end of the agreement I would have been on my way instead I am right back to the start. Thanks you did a great job.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a neighbor to Save the Family's facility and notice the great things they do every day. I especially love shopping their Thrift Store and talking to the volunteers who work there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Family does great work! I loved volunteering with you and I hope to do so again next year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Family has been a fantastic organization to work with. They are generous and kind with everyone they serve and an absolute pleasure to volunteer for. Great work to you all!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Family has at its core the goal of empowering the family. These families have seen tough circumstances and, in some cases, the women are fleeing domestic violence and abuse situations. Save the Family helps to empower women to shape their lives and recover from trauma. Women and families are expected to be a part of their own building process. I have worked with Save the Family, both as a volunteer and as a community partner (I work with one of the community colleges). They empower their volunteers and all of those who interact with their agency with their positive movement toward growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upon entering STF, I was greeted warmly by staff and presented with a tour. While on the tour, I learned more details about the organization's mission and the impact they have within the community. What I particularly like about volunteering at STF are the diverse opportunities volunteers can participate in. I really enjoy that STF has plenty of volunteer options that have allowed me to help a great organization and community that align with my interests and abilities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended several Baby Showers at Save the Family. I love that they help families build a framework for getting back on their feet. They provide housing, training, and any other assistance these families need to get re-introduced into society. The baby showers are one element of letting these women, who have come on hard times, know that there are other women who care about them and will gather around them and support them when they may not have other positive support in their lives. What Save the Family does is truly amazing. No judgment, just creating a way to get back into life without government assistance. AWESOME!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

From the moment I took my first tour of this phenomenal organization, I knew that Save the Family understood how to conquer homelessness! Families are provided their own living space... a career center helps adults find meaningful, well-paying jobs for self-sufficiency...counseling and budgeting classes are available for all family members. Accountability is key and the high success rate of families who "graduate" is a testament to this fine organization's well proven model. The dedicated staff and 1000's of volunteers who serve are proud to be associsted with this 20 year old agency.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served on the board of Save The Family Foundation of Arizona for 8 years. One of the things that I find most impressive about the organization is its ability to stay the course with clients until they are truly ready to be contributing members of society. The phrase, "Not a hand out but a hand up" is not a cliche for STF. Also, the percentage of donations that go straight into client services is extremely high for this kind of charity. I have found no one who spends their donors' money or their volunteers' time more effectively than Save The Family. It is, or should be, a role model for every charitable organization in Arizona and in the U.S.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Family is not a hand-out, it is a way out of the cycle of homelessness, violence and poverty. By providing the basic needs - - four safe walls, food and clothing - - and dignity, this organization develops the whole person. Parents are taught to be better parents, better members of society and to grow holistically. Kids come out of the program with higher self-esteem, better grades and, most importantly, hope and pride. This organization is amazing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved with this group due to several reasons. - Great program and success rate. - Very accountable. We help the families become self sufficient. (It is not a handout.) - Excellent staff who care about their clients and help them be successful. - Their is definitely a need for this in the community. (Not a solution looking for a problem.)