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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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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Thank you for your kind comments.

2 Rodger A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a non-profit gap has mastered the art of giving back to the community and two people within the organization and outside the organization. It is a great place to work and volunteer at to make a difference in the lives of foster kids. The owners Pam and Greg give of themselves unselfishly everyday to this ministry and tucson.

2 Nancy179

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Rating: 5

Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) provides transitional programs (housing, substance abuse counseling and employment programs) for \homeless veterans, chronically homeless or persons recently released from institutions who are reintegrating into the community. When first arriving in our programs with no financial resources, personal items, clothing and nutrition are big issues. The GAP Ministries BOOST program has been a lifesaver for OPCS providing fresh produce and groceries, personal hygiene items and household items that give these folks a fresh start in the community. Thank you GAP Ministries!

2 Anita26

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great Ministry to work for and be a part of. I encourage anyone looking to be part of a great Non Profit to become involved with GAP.

4 Doris8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked at another non-profit that works with the foster care system, I can really appreciate the dedication of GAP ministries personnel to the children living in the "system". Their Splash homes and the "home parents" really make these kids feel as though they are a part of a family. That would be a good enough review for any such organization, but GAP ministries is so much more! Their backpack ministry, food, clothing and household ministry where they provide the resources for all non-profits to have an opportunity to help their particular focus group puts GAP ministries over the top. This ministry not only cares for its own, but for the Tucson community at large. It is more comprehensive than anything I have ever seen! We are blessed to have them here!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless and needy. Gap Ministries has helped us in many ways, primarily in sharing food and other items with us! We also have been able to schedule meetings in their beautiful facility. Gap has a heart for ALL needy, not just the amazing numbers of youth they serve.
They are without equal in our community!
Betty Bitgood, Chairman, Hope of Glory Ministries

2 Laura158

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gap is a service minded organization which reaches out to children, families in crisis, and the community. They give hope to those in need. The staff at Gap are some of the most wonderful, selfless, giving people I know.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first heard about Gap it was a food outreach in Greg and Pam's garage. I have been so blessed to be a part of the amazing growth from Greg and Pam's garage to impacting the whole city of Tucson. Just recently I was told by a member of the community how much Gap helped keeps the doors open of the facility that she worked at by partnering with them to provide basic necessities.
Gap has allowed children to experience the joy of receiving brand new school supplies and backpacks, presents under the Christmas tree and most importantly having the ability to live in a safe and loving home.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Where to start? Pam and Greg started with a seed of "How can we help kids? They mixed that with lots of love and passion to see hurting kids feel like a family. Now there are so many SPLASH houses and other ministries in Tucson it is mind boggling. I am a teacher in Tucson - I taught at one of the schools where GAP did BACKPACKS for SCHOOLS! The delight on the kids faces as they got their own beautiful, new backpack was priceless. More priceless snapshots in my mind were seeing the delight on foster children's faces at birthday celebrations and family vacations, family movie night, and playing at the pool and....oh so many more - as the underserved foster kids who live at SPLASH Houses got their first taste of family life that was joyful and full of love. I will never forget a child, with tears in her eyes telling me "I have never celebrated my birthday - is that cake mine? Are those presents mine? Is that all for me? " She was 10 that year. Thanks GAP MInistries for touching so many lives!