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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 Heath J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with GAP in several different capacities. They make a difference here in Tucson.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you for your comments - you have been a blessing to us as well.

3 Heather248

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries is a place where children are loved, no matter where they are from or what their circumstances are in life. I volunteered in the kitchen and in the schools to serve food. Food is donated and then GAP makes sure that every single item is used to its full capacity so waste is not an issue. The kitchen staff was so friendly and directed the volunteers with ease. As a person with a Certified Food Management certificate, I appreciated the cleanliness and the procedures used in the kitchen to protect the staff and children. The food was delicious and the fellowship was even better. A great non-for-profit with amazing leaders.

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GAP Ministries 06/01/2016

Thank you so much for your kind comments, and thank you for volunteering!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most every non-profit contributes to their community, but GAP goes above and beyond...they not only support one group of people or agency, but numerous. Yes, their focus Is on the children but there's so much more to GAP! They have a warehouse with donations and what they can't use, they provide to other non-profits...I've never heard of anyone else doing that! GAP is also community focused. They work with schools, numerous community agencies that help people, and various other groups in Tucson. What a GREAT organization!
And, the staff and volunteers at GAP are so personable! I have only volunteered there for a few weeks and everyone I meet is smiling, helpful, and genuine. I truly enjoy volunteering at GAP!

2 Tim_51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Gap Ministries for one year as a tutor for kids in one particular foster home in Gap's network of homes. I also did some manual labor to help renovate an agricultural building to house a summer camp. As for my work in a Gap Splash house, the foster parents were great. They were loving, but also provided necessary boundaries for the kids living with them. The administration provided necessary background training for me, and was very supportive. Facilities were first-rate, and community involvement was, frankly, amazing. Local and national businesses are very generous to Gap, and Gap seems to have created "critical mass" in their efforts to reach local youth and provide loving, encouraging environments for kids going through serious family issues. As someone who was going through some difficult transitions myself when I volunteered, I can gladly say that Gap Ministries and the kids I served probably did more for me than I did for them!

1 Sharon114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GAP Ministries does so much for our community. They provide so many services so many families. Praise the Lord for raising up this organization!!!

1 Heather165

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love GAP and everything it does for kids and the community of Tucson!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the joy of working with children in the GAP foster homes. What an amazing environment! The house parents, support staff, and admin staff do a great job of running a smooth, loving operation. I have never seen any organization do so much in a place where the need is so great. Keep up the good work1

2 LorettaBailey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found GAP by the grace of God. I was trying to help my church and then began volunteering. Just being there everyday and around the people there made me feel great. I got such a sense of accomplishment everyday no matter what I did. I knew there was people out there that were going to be blessed by this organization. This place walks and talks the spirit.

1 Kelly104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer for a few of their events. The amount of help and goodwill that touched many families is impressive. In these times, GAP Ministries really does stand in the gap for individuals and families.