Arizonans for Children Inc., incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exists to facilitate opportunities and provide effective solutions to alleviate hardships and improve the fragile lives of the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in foster care.
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How Much Does it Cost to Change a Life? 8 Hours a Month
One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the Mentor visit posts and updates. I so enjoy reading over Mentor logs and hearing about the changes in the kids lives. Sometimes they are very uplifting and sometimes I'll need to offer some guidance but either way having a consistent person in the child's life changes them. It gives the kids a restored hope, they start to believe in something.
If you have joined the Arizonans for Children Facebook Group than you have seen Mentor Kathy and her Master Mentee. Kathy was matched with her mentee in May 2017 and their relationship continues to grow right along with her mentees confidence and exuberance for life.
This past weekend Kathy took her Master Mentee to the i.d.e.a. museum in Mesa. Arizona is full of wonderful museums and activities that a Mentor can explore with their mentee!
In Kathy's words:
"A morning at the museum with Master Mentee! This week he turned 7 years old! Happy Birthday Master Mentee, Happy Birthday to you!🎉🎂💫 Arizonans for Children needs mentors. 8 hr per month commitment. Volunteer. You can make a difference in the life of a child in foster care. ❤️"
Having a Mentor changes the kids lives. I believe it also changes the Mentors life.
Eric and Suzy were matched with their mentee just a couple weeks ago. Eric shared their adventure:
"We started out by fueling up at Chompies, and planning our day. https://chompies.com/ (The best place for Bagels according to this guy)
Then we headed to CrackerJax! Time for some fun & bonding. Our buddy wowed us with his batting and Air Hockey skills! We also raced the go karts, got a little wet in the bumper boats, and tried out the Bungee Dome. http://crackerjax.com/
We were hungry enough after that to hit Blaze Pizza for some good eats, our little buddy loves Pizza. https://blazepizza.com/
Next stop, PetSmart! We picked up 500lbs of kibble to drop off at the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control on Rio Salado. We got two of our puppers here, so this place is special to us. We talked to our buddy about the importance of caring for pets & about how ALL of the food for the animals comes from donations. https://www.maricopa.gov/281/Donate
All of us at Arizonans for Children were absolutely devastated to learn of the death of "The Cutest Monkey EVER!"
The Parent Aid that supervised visits between this baby and his mother and siblings came to me asking if we could hang his picture at our center. We have it up and will keep it there forever as he is forever in our hearts.
We hear news stories of kids being abused and neglected, we see those children. I cannot imagine having the job or the decisions that go along with it. Arizonans for Children cannot control what happens before and after time at our Visitation Centers but what we can do is ensure the time the families spend with us is as wonderful as possible.
In the words of this Parent Aid "his time spent at the center were happier times in his short life."
We are going to have our Arizonans for Children Costume Closet in honor of this life lost far too soon. The centers will be filled with pirates and princesses, skunks and skeletons, Batman a…
Commitment, Caring, Compassion and Consistency
The Arizonans for Children Director of Supervised Visits Andrea Chavez became a Mentor 2 years ago. For 2 years she has been the only constant in her mentees life. Visits are harder to coordinate now that the child has changed placements again but Andrea's commitment hasn't ever wavered.
In Andrea's words: "One of my interns asked me this past week for a quote of what drew me to become a Mentor to a kiddo in foster care for his class presentation."I had to put aside my fear of the 1 year commitment required of the Tutor/Mentor Program and know that my impact would be greater."I met my Mentee 2 years ago today, her birthday. Today, she turned 14 years old.
On my way to drop her off at her foster home today, she told me she'll probably "age out" living at the foster home. Happy birthday little lady, my hope is you'll be a stronger person because of this experience. 💔
The drive home was a blu…