LEARN ABOUT THE LIVES HOMEWARD BOUND IS CHANGING
At Homeward Bound, our mission is to create pathways out of poverty for homeless families ready to make a change. Ever since our founding in 1990, we’ve touched the lives of more than 10,000 homeless individuals right here in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Our latest report, the 2017 Summer Impact Report can be found below and covers our impact from January — August 2017.
LIVES CHANGED TOGETHER
A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
I recently had the amazing opportunity to attend one of our Achiever’s Dinners last month. Hearing the stories of triumph that YOU make possible brought a tear to every eye in the room.
Homeward Bound families came dressed to the nines with their loved ones by their sides to celebrate the new paths they have created for themselves. A proud father joined us to rejoice his accomplishment of paying off 80% of his debt, a mother of five gleamed with pride for improving her credit score and saving money for a down payment for a house.
Every story in the room reminds me why I am proud to be Homeward Bound’s President & CEO. I left that evening with not only mascara running down my face but a lightened fire to continue making #LifeChanging opportunities for the families who really need it.
We wouldn’t exist without you. Everything we do is because of your dedication, generosity and united passion.
President & CEO
This is Gabriela’s story. Like so many other women, she found herself in an abusive relationship. A mother of two, Gabriela knew her children deserved a better life and a stable home. By the time she finally mustered up the courage to leave, she realized she had no one to lean on — and soon found herself homeless.
After being homeless for over a year, Gabriela was referred to Homeward Bound. During her time of homelessness, Gabriela did maintain employment, working 35 hours per week but not earning enough to qualify for an apartment. With Homeward Bound’s assistance, Gabriela stabilized her family’s living conditions in one of our housing units and her two sons have been able to continue attending their original school.
Gabriela utilized all of Homeward Bound’s Life Skills programs and classes, wanting to take full advantage of her opportunity to learn. She also used our employment lab, where she sharpened her skills and even learned new skills that would help her increase her earning potential. It paid off and Gabriela received a promotion at work. Working closely with her Case Manager gave her confidence to empower herself and create a new path for her family.
Gabriela completed Homeward Bound’s Financial Management classes where she learned how to create and implement a budget. While at Homeward Bound she paid off some of her long outstanding debts and ended the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck. Gabriela started a “rainy day” fund, in which she contributes $50 out of each paycheck to her savings account. Gabriela successfully graduated the Homeward Bound program and moved her family into a home of their very own. Gabriela said “I’m indebted to Homeward Bound, I don’t know how to repay the opportunity you gave me and my boys.”