COMMUNITY IMPACT

LEARN ABOUT THE LIVES HOMEWARD BOUND IS CHANGING


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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 Spring Impact Report can be found below and covers our impact from July 2016 through March 2017.

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO


I am excited to be sharing our Spring 2017 Impact Report with you.

In this report, we look back at the amazing succeses we have seen over the past half-year, as well as look forward to the exciting future.

As you will see, the past six months have been filled with notable achievements and celebrations.

Please know that the stories and statistics we share with you in this report are just a glimpse of the work that is being done to create pathways out of poverty for homeless families. If you have questions or feedback, please write me at b.jackson@homewardboundaz.org.

Homeward Bound is changing lives every day because of YOU.

Thank you,

Becky Jackson
President & CEO
Homeward Bound

IMPACT STATISTICS


HOMELESS FAMILIES SERVED


310 Total Clients Served

207 Children Served

103 Adults Served


PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY CREATED

Steady Income

86% of adults in our program earned a steady income.

Better Income

66% of adults in our program improved their income.

SUCCESS STORY: YVONNE C.

“In shambles.” That’s what Yvonne C. would say about her life two years ago. Homeless and struggling with addiction, the mother of five soon ended up losing custody of two of her youngest children. Alone, and with no one to turn to, Yvonne knew she couldn’t fix her spiraling situation all by herself. She needed help.

Fortunately, Yvonne discovered Homeward Bound, whose supporters like you allow it to help homeless families with children, arranging temporary housing and support services. Shortly after being accepted into the program, everything changed for Yvonne. Her family moved into stable housing and were immediately surrounded by resources and a Homeward Bound case manager Yvonne would go on to describe as her “Guardian Angel” — Liz Avila.

Homeward Bound became, in Yvonne’s words, “a place to put the pieces back together.” She saw how quickly her children, once failing school, blossomed into hard-working students. And Yvonne was actually saving money now, too. In fact, she saved so much that she eventually had enough put away to make good on all of her debts, improving her credit score by 150 points. In six months, she says she’ll have enough for a down payment on a house.

Maybe that’s why every time Yvonne remembers her decision to reach out to Homeward Bound, her face breaks into a beaming smile. “Until I met Liz, I had never had a positive person in my life,” Yvonne says. “During one of our sessions, Liz asked me, ‘Where will you go after this program?’ I didn’t know, I just wanted my kids back. But Liz kept asking me what was next. I told her about my dream to have my own home but I knew it was impossible. ‘People like me don’t own homes.’ After opening up to her, I realized I had convinced myself I didn’t deserve a home… but I knew my children did.”

NEWS & UPDATES

Homeward Bound Kids Visit Horses Help

Over 20 Homeward Bound childred attended a Night at the Ranch at Horses Help on Thursday evening, May 25th, 2017. The first 20 youth to sign up for the Summer Reading Program were invited to the ranch for an evening of magic, complete with grooming, walking, and READING to horses. Special thanks to Total Transit for providing the transportation for the special occasion.

THE UNVEILING OF OUR BRAND-NEW DONOR WALL

In April, we celebrated the unveiling of a new Donor Recognition Wall located in the foyer of our Thunderbirds Family Village. The wall is dedicated to the growing number of generous donors who comprise our two giving societies; The Chairman’s Council and The Hope Society. Thank you to all of our supporters who have contributed to the success of Homeward Bound’s mission!

Cutting the Ribbon: The Staff Logic Employment Center

We are excited to announce that we have have officially cut the ribbon on our new Staff Logic Employment Center. Families that come to the center are provided with high-quality job training and skills-building resources, guiding them on a pathway out of poverty.

Help Gear up HB Kids for the 2017 Back to School Drive

We need your help gathering school supplies to ensure Homeward Bound kids have the right tools to succeed in the classroom next year. For a list of school supplies and instructions on how to donate, please visit our website at homewardboundaz.org/backtoschool.

PRICELESS PARTNERS

Thunderbirds Charities
January 2017

Total Transit
February 2017

Arizona DIamondbacks
March 2017

Perkins Coie
April 2017

Snell & Wilmer
May 2017