IES Communications is pleased to announce a charitable partnership with Arizona Helping Hands (AZHH). To support the founding values of AZHH, we have pledged to donate all materials and labor needed to build the organization’s new offices. The donation will total more than $25,000. These savings will allow AZHH to spend money on the foster children that they are set out to help.
As many as 50 percent of the families that visit Arizona Helping Hands are kinship-based, meaning that a family member will take in a child due to parental death or neglect, so many of these families learn of this change in lifestyle only hours before the child is in their custody. This resource center is especially helpful in these cases, providing new foster parents with a bed, bedding, diapers, clothing, toys, household items and anything else they would need to support a foster child. In 2017, AZHH helped more than 4,000 children in Arizona.
To better serve foster children, this new Headquarters will total 18,000 square feet. Arizona Helping Hands will share the location with Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, as well as Thrive, an organization focused on helping foster children ages 18+. This approach will genuinely make this building a one-stop-shop for anyone who would benefit from these resources.
For those parents wanting to host a child, this resource center will allow them to get the necessary items for the child, and for a home inspection, including fire extinguishers, cabinet locks, and more. The way the building is set up will allow the children to play in different areas while the parents go “shopping” in the warehouse for the items they need, all 100 percent free of charge. The offices are still in the construction phase, but there are plans for a 12-foot kids play barn for the children to enjoy, as well as a reading area in the lobby.
Another example of Arizona Helping Hands’ kindness is the “Birthday Dreams Program.” When children are in foster care, they don’t always get to celebrate their birthdays. AZHH helps to put together birthday care packages for children in the foster care system. The child’s sponsor or social worker fills out an application to help AZHH get to know them better, and each bag is personalized for the birthday child. With toys, birthday cake mixes, and candles.
Eli Krause and Drena McGhee, Sales and Marketing at IES, met Jodie Sprayberry at the project site and future home of Arizona Helping Hands to discuss the goals they have for the coming year and to get a better understanding of how IES is helping reach those milestones.
“After meeting with Jodie, I was personally and emotionally full,” Eli said. “This woman is doing such amazing things for these children, and it all comes from the kindness of her heart and her passion for helping these kids prepare for a bright future. On multiple occasions, Drena
McGhee and I shed tears with her while she told stories that just hit so close to home. She is so proud of her work, and I have never met someone so eager to give to others. This woman is life changing.”
Arizona Helping Hands was formed in 1998 by Paul and Kathy Donaldson under a simple premise – “Do one good deed a day and don’t take credit for it.” This was a pledge that Kathy made to her late sister Patty Neroni. Kathy and Paul formed Arizona Helping Hands to be the “blind” for their good deeds which have been innumerable over our many years of service to Arizonans – One Child, One Dream, and One Family at a time.