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Nonprofit Agencies Funded by the City of Tempe

Tempe Community Council has identified the following human service categories for the nonprofit programs funded by the City of Tempe.  They are listed as:

  • Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelter & Services
  • Programs for the Working Poor
  • Programs for Those with Disabilities
  • Youth Development Programs
  • Senior Programs

Agency Review funds come from the City of Tempe General Revenue Fund, Federal Community Development Block Grants and water utility customer donations through Tempe’s Together Tempe (formerly known as Help to Others).  The total funds distributed for FY 2017/18 are over $1.23 million for approximately 49 Valley-wide agencies with 59 programs that serve Tempe clients.  Those services range from services for our youth, seniors, those with disabilities, the working poor, survivors of domestic violence and the homeless.

Organizations funded for the 2017/18 fiscal year:

Program description:
Tempe Home Accessibility Program – assists residents to maintain and enhance independent living, safety and community participation for households; increases home safety and independence; increases the number of accessible housing units; increases employability; and keeps families together.

A New Leaf
Program description:
East Valley Men’s Center – a shelter in Mesa for single homeless men which offers a comprehensive array of program services to assist them in achieving their targeted goal of self-sufficiency.
East Valley Women’s Shelter – a shelter for single homeless women which offers safe, clean shelter and basic needs for up to 120 days.
La Mesita Family Shelter – a shelter in Mesa for homeless families which offers screening and assessment, shelter and case management services to homeless families with minor aged children.

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter
Caregiver Support Services – these services are focused on: 1) individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and 2) family and friends who serve as their caregivers and support systems for caregivers.

Area Agency on Aging
Program description:
In-Home Services – partners with East Valley Adult Resources to provide non-medical home care and support services to frail elderly and adults with disabilities to enable them to live independently in their own home for as long as possible.

Assistance League of the East Valley
Assault Survivor Kits – helps with the purchase of new clothing and supplies for victims of assault.

Best Buddies Arizona
Program description:
City of Tempe Friendship Program – Provides opportunities for friendship and leadership development to students with and without IDD (intellectual/developmental disabilities).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
Program description:
Tempe Community Based Mentoring Program – Provides one-to-one mentoring services to Tempe youth ages 6-18.

Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley
Program Description:
North Tempe Youth & Teens – Laird– located at North Tempe Multigenerational Center, provides After School and Summer Day Camp programming for youth/teens ages 5-18 in Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Curriculum covers areas such as Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills Development, Character and Leadership Development, The Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Teen Services- Ladmo Branch– located at the Westside Mutigenerational Center, provides After School/Evening and Summer/Vacation programs for teens ages 13-18 in the following areas: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles, with a special emphasis on educational programs, career preparation and health and life skills.

Casa Center for Positive Social Change
Program description:
Social and Emotional Learning Education and Outreach (SEL) – provides evidence-based education to teach healthy emotional and social skills to children and families.

Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc. (CASS)
Program description:
Shelter Services – provides year-round emergency shelter, basic services, and supportive services for homeless single adult men and women. Since 1984, the mission has been to, “Empower men, women, and children with diverse needs to end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services.” While shelter resolves the immediate crisis of homelessness, identifying and resolving the cause(s) of the individual’s homelessness is the central means to their regaining self-sufficiency. CASS offers services to assist clients to achieve or regain their independence. CASS’ onsite supportive services include Case Management, Employment Services and Comprehensive Dental Care. Access to a wide-variety of additional supportive services through on-site collaborative partners is also available.

Child Crisis Arizona
Program description:
Foster Care & Adoption – provides out-of-home care for children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned or exploited.
Parenting & Education Services – provides support to residents in their roles as parents and caregivers at the Mesa site and other locations deemed appropriate based on community need.
Children’s Emergency Shelter – provides shelter for children and 24-hour care in a safe environment.
Parenting & Education Services – focuses on supporting Tempe residents in their roles as parents and caregivers at the Mesa site and other locations deemed appropriate based on community need.

Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc.
Program description:
Victim Services – offers various services for victims of domestic violence ranging from: emergency shelter providing food and necessities, trauma counseling, group counseling, psycho-educational opportunities, advocacy, childcare, case management, outpatient counseling, transitional housing and lay legal advocacy for its clients.

Circle the City
Program description:
Healthcare for the Homeless – provides holistic healthcare and wrap-around services to people experiencing homelessness.

Community Bridges
Program description:
Substance Use Disorder Treatment – provides mobile peer support outreach and substance use related crisis services to homeless and working poor men and women.

Community Information & Referral (CIR)
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Program description:
2-1-1 Arizona – is a three-digit telephone number for accessing health and human services resource information. 2-1-1 also offers social service providers and easy way to help their clients, and gives organizations a way to enhance their impact and minimize their expenditure of resources.

Community Legal Services
Program description:
Legal Advocacy for Tempe – this program provides free of charge critical legal services to help resolve legal problems impacting clients and their family’s basic survival needs and rights.

East Valley Adult Resources
Program description:
Older Adult Support Services – Focuses on older adults who are in crisis, unstable financially or socially, or who need support to maintain their independence, and family and friends who serve as their caregivers and support systems.

EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center (SPC)
Program description:
Building Resiliency in Youth – this program uses curriculum that is school-based and offers practical skills for helping children learn how to think through and resolve everyday conflicts.
Survivors of Suicide Support Program – a community-based program that is intended for those who share a common bond, the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Foundation for Senior Living
Tempe Adult Day Health Care Center – Restorative Therapy – provides a comprehensive day program of therapeutic recreation, nursing care and health monitoring, rehabilitative and social services for at-risk senior and adults with disabilities 18 years and over.

Higher Octave Healing
Program description:
Social Connection and Life Skills – provides music therapy groups for children and teens with varying diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome and developmental disabilities.

Homeless Youth Connection
Program description:
Empowering Youth for the Future (Tempe) – provides basic needs to homeless youth ages 13-19.  Additional services include placement with host families and case management services.

Homeward Bound
Program description:
Family Services for Scattered Sites – this program provides housing and a multi-phasic social services program including client-centered, case management; employment services; counseling and life skills programs to assist homeless and domestic violence families in transitioning to self-sufficiency.

Junior Achievement of Arizona
Program description:
Financial Literacy Programs for Tempe Students – provides intentional financial literacy to low-to-moderate populations.

Labor’s Community Service Agency

Program description:
Securing Help in Family Transportation (S.H.I.F.T.) – provides access to reliable transportation along with financial coaching and workforce development for families with low incomes.

Maggie’s Place
Program description:
The Elizabeth House:  A Home for Pregnant, Homeless Women – provides a shelter/housing and wrap-around services for vulnerable women and their babies in Tempe.

Mulligan’s Manor
Program description:
 Group Home, Non-Profit for LGBTQ Youth – a residential group home for gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning and ally youth in the care of the Department of Child Safety (DCS).

Newtown Community Development Corporation
Program description:
Tempe Community Land Trust (CLT) – provides affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income first-time homebuyers.

Program description:
Peer to Peer Prevention Education – offered in three Tempe school district and community spaces, the program offers teen peer suicide prevention and community-based presentations to parents and school staff.

Paz de Cristo
Program description:
Evening Meal Program – provides hunger relief via daily meal programs.

Peer Solutions
Program description:
Stand & Serve – provides intentional financial literacy to low-to-moderate populations.

Save the Family
Program description:
Case Management – this program is a core, integrated component of the comprehensive range of services that help homeless families transition into permanent housing, increase their skills or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Families Adults and Children Empowerment Services (FACES) – offers umbrella services, including: workforce development, financial literacy and intervention/prevention education programming.

Sojourner Center
Program description:
Domestic Violence Shelter – provides emergency and transitional shelter, domestic violence education and support, case management, employment coordination, prevention programs, community education and victim advocacy.

Southwest Human Development
Program description:
Reach Out and Read – promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents on the importance of reading aloud.

Special Olympics of Arizona
Program description:
Unified Strategies for Schools, Unified Sports – provides sports equipment and education material for youth and adults with focuses on inclusive sports, health education, and youth leadership and advocacy.

Teen Lifeline, Inc.
Program description:
Crisis Services – offers a 24-hour, free, confidential, peer-supported hotline and text line 365 days a year to prevent teen suicide.

Tempe Community Action Agency, Inc. (TCAA)
Program description:
IHELP – Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program – provides programming seven nights a week with a network of 40 diverse faith congregations, service organizations and volunteer groups to provide a rotating lodging program for 35 homeless individuals seven nights a week.
Utility & Rental Assistance – this program is to directly support the emergency services program, which provides homeless prevention assistance in the form of rental/utility assistance for families in crisis.
Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance Program – an emergency service program, which provides homeless prevention assistance in the form of rental/utility assistance.
Hunger Relief Programs – supports clients to transition out of crisis by addressing their immediate need for healthy food and connecting or engaging them with longer-term resources to help them stabilize their lives.
Senior Center Services and Meals – assists seniors and individuals with disabilities to obtain nutritious, home-delivered meals, senior activities and congregate meals.

Tempe Community Council
Program description:
Financial Stability Initiative – provides free tax preparation, asset development opportunities, financial education and community outreach to help hard working, low wage earning individuals become financially self-sufficient.

Tempe Impact Education Foundation
Connecting with Kids – provides the needed essentials for students so they can be ready to learn.

Tempe Lighthouse Apostolic Assembly
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The Good Samaritan – provides free perishable and non-perishable food to the community.

Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Support for Aging in Place and Tempe Residents with Disabilities – provides a virtual program creates a virtual community that is founded by members who want to remain in their neighborhoods and homes and age in place.

Tempe Union High Schools Education Foundation
High School Prevention Counseling – provides guidance, support and life skills to high school students (and their parents as needed) through individual and group counseling and parental/guardian sessions.

The Arc of Tempe
Life Skills & Recreation Program – program aims to teach valuable skills to participants with disabilities that enable them to be more self-sufficient.

The Centers for Habilitation (TCH)
Program description:
Job Training – based in Tempe, this program provides the opportunity for men and women with developmental disabilities to learn employment skills and earn a paycheck.

The Salvation Army
The Emergency Assistance Program – provides the appropriate level of assistance to meet the client’s needs and move them toward self-sufficiency by offering rental assistance, utility assistance, food boxes, clothing, motel vouchers, emergency travel tickets and case management.

UMOM New Day Center
Program description:
Emergency Shelter for Families – provides free emergency housing and meals, and the support services necessary to rebuild their lives and obtain permanent, affordable housing. Families can stay for up to four months.
Transitional Housing – is for residents who have been stabilized in an emergency shelter program for at least 30 days and have demonstrated satisfactory progress with stabilization and are ready to continue toward more independence and self-sufficiency. Families can stay in Transitional Shelter for up to two years.
Tumbleweed Apartments & Case Management – program offers assistance with landlords in Tempe to lease apartments for up to 12 months of participation  for homeless youth, increasing housing stability, access to supportive services, employment and educational opportunities and facilitating independent living skill development.
Tumbleweed Street Outreach – provides immediate survival assistance and opportunities to escape dangerous victimization and street violence offering basic needs and case management to help clients become self-sufficient.

United Food Bank (UFB)
Program description:
Food Link/Emergency & Supplemental Food Assistance – supports the food distribution network throughout the city of Tempe.

Valley Center of the Deaf
Transportation for Low Income Deaf Seniors – provides affordable transportation for residents to access routine grocery shopping, pharmacy and banking which helps improve overall health of residents and residential stability at Apache ASL Trails.