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.


Beck Jackson, Homeward Bound's President & 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.

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.

With gratitude,

Becky Jackson
President & CEO
Homeward Bound


115 Families

132 Adults

266 Children

Steady Income

86% of adults in our program maintained or increased their income.


70% of homeless familes successfully transitioned to stable housing.


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 to learned how to create and implement a budget. While at Homeward Bound she has been able to begin to pay off some of her long outstanding debts and to also end the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck. Gabriela started a “rainy day” fund, in which she contributes $50 out of each paycheck in 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.”


Volunteer Spotlight

For over a year, Barb and Kathy have come to Homeward Bound every Tuesday to sort through donations and organize our emergency pantries. And that is NO small task! Both ladies were looking for volunteer opportunities with organizations that had a great cause but also one that made them feel appreciated. Barb said “we feel like part of the team” and Kathy chimed in “we really feel like we are making a difference.” Homeward Bound could not be more thankful for the service these two wonderful volunteers provide.

Our Priceless Partners

Many businesses and civic organizations provide support to Homeward Bound. We are grateful and honored to call the following organizations our Priceless Partners:

  • Gallagher & Kennedy — June 2017
  • Osborn Maledon — July 2017
  • Edward Jones — August 2017
  • Charles Schwab — September 2017
  • The Hartford — October 2017

Help Us Make it a Holiday Season to Remember

We need your help to brighten the holidays for families at Homeward Bound! You can help in one of two ways: by donating a Thanksgiving Food Box or by donating new gifts and household items to our Santa’s Workshop. For more information, please contact Amy Funes by e-mail or phone at 602.374.8765.

Meet Some of 2017’s Biggest Acheivers

In July, we held our annual Achiever’s Dinner, honoring 15 Homeward Bound residents for a variety of accomplishments. The motivation and tenacity of these individuals is truly impressive, and they are succeeding on their journey to self-sufficiency thanks to their determination and the support and guidance from their Homeward Bound Case Managers.