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Resources for Families During the COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Information regarding COVID-19 is changing daily. Below are some resources to get the most current information.

Resources

DCS COVID-19 RESOURES & COMMUNICATIONS PAGE

Because it can be difficult to keep up with the influx of information, DCS will be posting all DCS-related COVID-19 updates here.

CORONAVIRUS SPECIFIC HOTLINES

Hotlines

  • Arizonans can dial 2-1-1 for a COVID-19 hotline
  • The Arizona Poison Control System is available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing, patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, quarantine): 1-844-542-8201
FAMILY ASSISTANCE

City of Phoenix Human Services Department

John F. Long Family Services Center
3454 N 51st Avenue
602.262.6510

Sunnyslope Family Services Center
914 W Hatcher Road
602.495.5229


FAMILY SUPPORT AGENCIES

AZ Youth Partnership
Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services: for pregnant or parenting teens
877.882.2881

Birth to Five Helpline
877.705.5437
www.swhd.org/get-help/birth-to-five-helpline
Offers family and parenting resources.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
Main Number: 602.954.8182
www.bgcmp.org
Branches available throughout the Phoenix Metro area. Call main number or visit website for details about specific locations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
4745 N 7th St #210
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602.264.2447
www.bbbsaz.org

Duet (Partners in Health and Aging)
10000 N 31st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85051
602.274.5022
www.duetaz.org
Support for grandparents raising grandchildren.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Families in Need of Services (FINS)
Juvenile Court Community Service Unit
Help Line: 602.506.5913
www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/juvenileprobaAon/probaAon/FINS.asp
For families coping with incorrigible behaviors in their children.

Family Involvement Center
602.412.4095
www.familyinvolvementcenter.org

Parent Assistance Center (PAC)
602-288-0155
For parents who need help navigating child-serving systems, such as schools, juvenile justice, behavioral and physical health care, foster care and more.


FULL-SERVICE FAMILY CENTERS

Adelante Health Care
877.809.5092
www.adelantehealthcare.com

AHCCCS/KidsCare
855.432.7587

Banner Children’s Community Clinic
Tolleson: PH Gonzalez Elementary School Welcome Center
9401 W Garfield St.
Tolleson, AZ 85353
www.bannerchildrens.com
Serves uninsured children birth to 21 years. Call 480.412.6344 for appointments.

City of Glendale Human Services Department
623.930.2854

City of Tolleson Human Services Department
623.936.7111

Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center
328 W Western Avenue
Avondale, AZ
623.333.2700
Services: food boxes, utilities/rent, clothing, housing, etc.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
420 W Watkins Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602.266.4673


Local SVDP Society Conferences

 

Blessed Sacrament Conference
623.936.7107

St. Augustine Conference
623.418.7160

St. Vincent de Paul Conference
623-845-5564

St. Thomas Aquinas Conference
623.535.9455


GRIEF SUPPORT

Hospice of the Valley
602.530.6900
New Song Center for Grieving Children & Families
Main Number: 480.951.8985
“Luz del Corazon” Spanish Direct Line: 602.776-.6789
Avondale location available


GRIEF CAMPS

Stepping Stones of Hope Camp
602.264.7520
www.steppingstonesofhope.org

FOOD

COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
Dial 211 from your phone or 877.211.8661
https://211arizona.org/


ARIZONA AGENCY ON AGING
602.264.4357
A 24-hour helpline for seniors and disabled adults who are unable to leave the home for food.
The agency will delivery ready-made meals either by the individual’s private pay or through a
free program if needed. Limited amounts of toilet paper available for delivery as well.


AMPLE HARVEST
Food pantry locator that searches across the country
https://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry/


ARIZONA FOOD BANK NETWORK
Connects to various food banks across Arizona
602.528.3434
http://www.azfoodbanks.org/


ASA NOW – JACOB’S MISSION COMMUNITY CENTER
7830 E University Dr
Mesa AZ 85297
623-428-1592

Free Emergency Food: Family food box that feeds a family of four for two days. We will continue
to provide free basic necessities to foster or kinship families taking in new placements or who
have a financial need. Please call if you would like to make an appointment. Please note that a
Notice to Provider (NTP) is required.


CHRIST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OUTREACH PROGRAM
918 S. Litchfield Rd (Litchfield Rd and Yuma Rd)
Goodyear, AZ 85338
623.932.2394

  • Eligibility: Walk-ins served. No referral required. Must reside in service area (99th Ave to the east, Perryvile Rd to the west, McDowell Rd to the north and the Gila River to the south). Must meet federal poverty guidelines.
  • Intake Process: Walk-ins service. Must present photo ID and proof of address within service area.
  • Programs: Food boxes
  • Hours: Tues. 8am to noon
  • Languages: English

THE CULTURAL CUP FOOD BANK
342 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012
http://www.culturalcup.com/


DESERT MISSION FOOD BANK
9229 N. 4th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
https://www.desertmission.com/programs/food-bank/


EVERYBODY’S FAMILY FRUIT
https://everybodysfamilyfruit.com/?fbclid=IwAR2qla8MlmpK9WjE-x_Z7miPFIEZYtqVuGOItHEwWmpormRv3HNpgaN4EU


GLENDALE MISSION AND MINISTRY CENTER
6242 N 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
www.glendalemmcenter.org

  • Eligibility: No restrictions
  • Intake Process: Call, email, or visit office
  • Programs: Provides sack lunches, hygiene kits clothing, and emergency food bags for people in need. Haircuts available monthly
  • Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9am -11:30am
  • Languages: English
  • Handicap accessible

HARVEST COMPASSION CENTER – MARYVALE
4002 N 67th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85033-4037
623.247.0039
www.harvestcompassioncenter.org

  • Eligibility: Arizona residents
  • Intake Process: Visit center; bring two forms of ID
  • Programs: Provides food, hygiene products, baby items, and clothing once every 30 days to Arizona residents in need.
  • Hours: Tue, Fri, Sat 9am-11:15am
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Handicap accessible

LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE SOUTHWEST VALLEY EMERGENCY SERVICES
St John’s Lutheran Church
7205 N 51st Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
480.654.4539
www.lss-sw.org

  • Eligibility: People in need in Avondale, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West and Surprise
  • Intake Process: Call for appointment
  • Programs: Provides emergency food boxes. Also provides career assessment, resume preparation and job search assistance. Limited utility payment assistance may be available. 
  • Hours: Vary
  • Languages: English, Spanish, other languages available
  • Handicap accessible

ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK
3131 W. Thomas Road
https://www.firstfoodbank.org/


MARKET ON THE MOVE/THE 3000 CLUB
1741 W. Rose Garden Lane, #6
Phoenix, AZ 85027
http://the3000club.org/wordpress/
For a donation of $10 in Phoenix and Tucson, you can get up to 60 lbs. of fresh produce in a
farmer’s market-like atmosphere and setup that you can share with your friends, family,
neighbors or other people in need.


PHOENIX RESCUE MISSION: HOPE FOR HUNGER FOOD BANK
5605 N 55th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
602.773.4344
www.phoenixrescuemission.org

  • Eligibility: Residents of these ZIP codes: 85029, 85031, 85033, 85051, 85053, 85301, 85302, 85303, 85304, 85305, 85306, 85307 85308, 85309, 85310, 85345, 85381. Must have a photo ID with date of birth and a current utility bill or rental/lease agreement with proof of address.
  • Intake Process: Visit food bank.
  • Programs: Provides emergency food boxes once per month per household.
  • Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8am to noon
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Handicap accessible

THE SALVATION ARMY – GLENDALE CORPS
6010 W Northern Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
623.934.0469
www.salvationarmyusa.org

  • Eligibility: People in need
  • Intake Process: Call
  • Programs: Provides basic needs when available including food boxes, clothing, baby formula and diapers, and utility bill payment assistance. Provides information about and referrals to community resources.
  • Hours: Vary
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Handicap accessible

THE SALVATION ARMY – MARYVALE CORPS COMMUNITY CENTER
4318 W Clarendon Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
623.934.0469
www.salvationarmyphoenix.org

  • Eligibility: Residents of ZIP codes 85013, 85015, 85017, 85019, 85021, 85023, 85029, 85031, 85035, 85037, 85051, 85052, 85053 and 85054
  • Intake Process: Call
  • Programs: Provides food boxes, counseling, youth programs and friendly visiting services.
  • Hours: Vary, Tues. 10am – noon (food boxes)
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Handicap accessible

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL – ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH
3630 N 71st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85033
623.418.7160

  • Eligibility: No walk-ins accepted. Photo ID and proof of address required.
  • Intake Process: Call on Tues. from 9am – 11:30am or Thurs. 5pm – 7pm to make an appointment for a food box.
  • Programs: Food boxes
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Handicap accessible
EDUCATION

Note: Google Classroom can be accessed via PS4 and Xbox if a student does not have access to another device.


Common Sense Media
This website has articles about how to talk to children about the pandemic, activities to de-stress, and resources for at home learning.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronaviruspandemic


Khan Academy
Khan Academy’s advice for caregivers during school closures (available in multiple languages):
https://khanacademy.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040418972


Explaining the Coronavirus to Children:
http://elisegravel.com/en/blog/coronavirus-free-printable-comic-forkids/ fbclid=IwAR07XvPPRu6MNuWrRB5bPe4HOZAZUhWLcvxK977FikJjAC13gE5Kp


ACADEMIC ONLINE RESOURCES

Scholastic Learn at Home
Free, online resources with 20 days worth of educational lessons for pre-K through 9th grade. Letters that explain the content to caregivers (English and Spanish) are attached.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?fbclid=IwAR0nozGNU42nmUicapbAkRUEoqm8OX-5wrA8XeDF5xfZk86HBnDmxW8fzCc


Khan Academy
Free, daily activities for students ages 4-18
https://www.khanacademy.org/
For high school students who are enrolled in AP classes and/or are studying for their SATs,
Khan Academy offers the most popular AP courses and Official SAT prep.


Online Educational Resources

An online compilation of educational resources. There are a LOT of resources on this website, so caregivers are encouraged to see which ones the children in their care would be interested in.
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

To highlight a few:

Free worksheets
This website has printable worksheets for all grade levels, as well as activities and recipes.
https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/

Math Score
free access (there is also premium content available) to online math
practice for students in grades K-9.
http://www.mathscore.com/

Art class 
lots of online art games and activities!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EVMQiHHKugF4RQ071DzimkSKn1AuiBNOJi6xs1mBts/preview?fbclid=IwAR20dTbm7QaGQQwi2S403_V3TAs1rmzzj2g3ViI7zLKLgZ_Tpb_MHXE0y8

Smart Tutor
free online resources including educational games, reading lessons, math lessons, printable flashcards, word searches, and stories for grades K-5.
http://freeresources.smarttutor.com/


Online virtual tours

So many places offer virtual tours, you and the children in your care can explore local places or travel the world!
https://virtualschoolactivities.com/

Virtual field trips
Lots of places to explore, including Mount Everest, Mars, and the Statue of Liberty!
https://freedomhomeschooling.com/virtual-field-trips/?fbclid=IwAR2XVfuEtvPBxqp6-
VueUWzJjy2RQfyruUe_iq8g5SSewE8GZjrVEFkx560

ASU Virtual Field Trips
https://vft.asu.edu/

50 Family Activities That Don’t Involve Screens
https://www.familiesfirstindiana.org/50-family-activities-that-don-t-involvescreens?fbclid=IwAR0g5xIW79eWcyJB1ETD09P5yVeHhafTvWmvMAp4hwJE8xw3cSE
HF7LFLBs

Story Time
Free audio stories from Audible.com. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Available in six languages.
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Mo Willems
Games/Doodling videos, new videos daily
https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/


COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

Advance Placement Courses
The College Board is offering online, free Advanced Placement (AP) courses beginning on
3/25/20. The AP tests will be given online, without multiple choice questions.
https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates?fbclid=IwAR1PCxy5AcMM0VUMkOs05rYwkf5LETbyfMWI718tLcCkQAd9DsmDD8pGbc

ACT Exam
The ACT has rescheduled the April 4 test to be given in June because of COVID-19

SAT
The College Board has cancelled the SAT test scheduled for May. For now, the SAT scheduled
for June is still on the books.

College Depot
College Depot currently is not holding in-person appointments, but you can schedule a time to
meet with an advisor over the phone or via online conferences to walk you through whatever
steps you need help with. Set one up today by calling us at 602.261.8847 (leave a message and
they will call you within an hour) or email college.depot@phoenix.gov. Current hours of
operation are Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm.

FOSTER CARE

ADVOCACY 31 NINE

www.advocacy31nine.org

Advocacy 31nine values the safety of our families and schools so we are not currently meeting with anyone in person. Advocates are still available to talk to families via phone and email. We will resume attending school meetings when Arizona schools are reopened.

We are working to have all current and up-to-date information regarding how this will impact special education services so that we can share with anyone looking for guidance. 

 

AID TO ADOPTION OF SPECIAL KIDS (AASK)

www.aask-az.org

AASK is pausing in-person information sessions in order to comply with CDC recommendations regarding Covid-19 and social distancing. For updates on the rollout of online information sessions you can participate in from home, please complete the Get Started form.

If you currently have a child in your home who is involved with DCS, please call us for specialized instructions at 602.930.4900.

 

ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS (AZAFAP)

www.azafap.org

 

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 AZAFAP is holding daily online chats for members from 6 – 7am ( AZAFAP Coffee Chat) and then every night from 9 – 10pm (AZAFAP Happy Hour). Please check www.azafap.org for the link.

 

ARIZONA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S SERVICES

https://abcs.org/resources/

 

At this time ABCS continues to serve families in need, while also staying informed on the CDC’s workplace guidelines and by the Arizona Department of Health Services to try to protect families, staff and volunteers. ABCS aims to continue to provide hope and care through practical resources during these uncertain times. 

 

New Life Pregnancy Centers are distributing diapers, wipes, formula and clothing while supplies last. Contact your local center for information regarding parenting classes, pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. 

 

Community Resource Centers continue to distribute food boxes, as well as fresh meat and vegetables in select locations. Clothing is temporarily unavailable. Please note that our centers are not taking clothing donations at this time. Please check back to this page for updated information on our services, centers and hours.

 

Arms of Love Supporting Housing Program is also accepting applications:

https://abcsfostercare.com/apply/

 

ARIZONA’S CHILDREN ASSOCIATION

https://www.arizonaschildren.org/

 

The team at Arizona’s Children Association has been continually monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the guidance and direction of the Arizona Department of Health Services and the CDC in order to meet the needs of the children and families we serve, and to ensure the health and well-being of our clients, families, staff
and visitors.

 

With additional guidance and support, we have come to the decision to allow most of our staff to work remotely—starting this afternoon. Some of our staff, because of the work they do, will still be in the office to provide limited services to our clients who require in-person care and services. Front desk staff, office managers, and a rotation of supervisors are among those who will be on-site to take calls, answer questions and support walk-ins. This action will continue through April 5th and we will reassess; however, we will continue to monitor the situation regularly and make necessary adjustments.

 

Students working with Arizona’s Children Association Independent Living Services have been provided technology to continue participation remotely.

 

ARIZONA FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN FOUNDATION

https://www.affcf.org/

 

The AFFCF office is closed to the public at this time, but we are available during posted business hours. Please call 602.252.9445 or e-mail grants@affcf.org; we will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. Additional resources are available on our website.

AFFCF is partnering with Thrive AZ to collect and distribute food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, diapers and wipes to youth who’ve aged out of foster care. To sign up for an appointment to pick up food and supplies, click here

 

AFFCF’s Keys to Success Program is currently working with students remotely, continuing to provide employment assistance during this time when employment is especially a need for youth who live independently.

 

AFFCF’s Post-Secondary programs (the Penson Fund and the AFFCF Scholarship Program) continue to operate normally, as applications are done online. College students or students pursuing vocational education who have not yet turned 21 can apply for assistance via the Penson Fund.

 

ARIZONA HELPING HANDS

https://azhelpinghands.org/

 

Arizona Helping Hands will suspend all outward facing operations from March 23 through March 27 with staff working remotely. We will also have a limited number of staff working from the office. We will reassess each week as we continue to closely monitor developments and release a statement regarding operations each Friday. We are committed to keeping the lines of communication open with the public we serve and will always do our best to address all questions in a timely manner. We appreciate your ongoing support during this time. We are currently not accepting any drop off donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please click here.

 

ARIZONA SUNSHINE ANGELS

http://sunshineangelsaz.org/

 

Arizona Sunshine Angels, Inc. is closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and guidance from our local and national authorities, and the foster care organizations we support, regarding how we should conduct our operations in providing services to children in foster care group homes.  The safety of the community we serve and our volunteers is of utmost importance to us.  

 

Considering recent developments in regard to COVID-19, there have been, and will likely continue to be, cancellations of in-person events and activities and changes in our processes for how we interact with those we serve. We will continue to work to support the needs of the children we serve in a way that is consistent with recommended precautions. 

 

ARIZONANS FOR CHILDREN

https://arizonansforchildren.org/

 

As of March 17, 2020, Arizonans for Children is temporarily closing both Visitation Centers as a precaution regarding the current circumstances. We will be closed until further notice and will provide updates on social media as well as our website. Thank you and take care of one another.

 

ASA NOW / JACOB’S MISSION COMMUNITY CENTER

http://www.asanow.org/

7830 E University Dr

Mesa,  AZ 85297

 

Free Emergency Clothing Assistance: 3 tops, 3 bottoms, underwear, socks, pjs, a blanket, hygiene kit and depending on child’s age either a Comfort bag or a Filled School Backpack. Diapers/Pull-ups and wipes.

 

Free Emergency Food: Family food box that feeds a family of 4 for 2 days.

Friends ASA Now announced on Friday that we are temporarily closed and will NOT be providing Free tutoring, dance, art, karate, piano, guitar, musical theater, cooking, life skills, workshops or support group to limit the spread of the virus; however, we will continue to provide free basic necessities to foster or kinship families taking in new placements or who have a financial need. Please call 623.428.1592 if you would like to make an appointment.

 

Please note that a Notice to Provider (NTP) is required.

 

AVIVA CHILDREN’S SERVICES

https://avivatucson.org/

 

Aviva Children’s Services is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Pima County Health Department in continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Aviva Children’s Services is providing the following services to the kinship, in-home, foster youth and AYAP youth in Pima County. We are working with a small crew on-site to ensure we are meeting the needs of our youth in foster care by providing basic needs. Our office hours are 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday. Our behavior health staff continues to do intakes, assessments, therapy, groups and case management, mostly through virtual sources. Below is a list of what we are currently providing to youth in foster care and their families.:

 

  • Diapers and wipes (as long as our stock is in place)
  • New socks and underwear
  • Cleaning supplies for families
  • Gently used clothes for foster youth
  • Gift cards for DCS and Behavior health team to purchase food and basic needs for youth in foster care
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Virtual support groups to foster and adoptive parents
  • Virtual Behavioral health services for foster youth, including therapy, case management, assessments and groups. 
  • We are open to other needs as they arise, case by case. Contact Cristina Greenberg at cgreenberg@avivatucson.org for specific requests to see if we can meet the need. 

 

BOOST A FOSTER FAMILY, INC.

http://boostafosterfamily.org/

 

Boost a Foster Family, Inc.’s operations are currently “business as usual.” All the items families need continue to be shipped directly to their homes (as is our normal way of serving our population.) Boost:

 

  • Continues to take requests via our website from DCS workers or Licensing Agencies on behalf of KINSHIP foster families. 
  • Phone calls continue to be taken at 480.298.5665
  • Still serves kinship foster families in the entire state

 

 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF GREAT SCOTTSDALE

https://bgcs.org/

 

While all of our nine branches have closed, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley, serving the East Valley and Central Phoenix regions, is staying coordinated with the Governor’s office and ADHS to provide care for those first responders, healthcare and essential employees as needed. They will continue to keep a number of their Clubs open at this time. Please find a list of their Clubs currently opened here: https://bgcmp.org/updates/

 

BRIDGING SUCCESS PROGRAMS (MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES & ASU)

 

Classes have been moved to online formats and housing and dining services remain open at ASU for students who do not have alternative living arrangements. Any student with foster care backgrounds who have needs or are experiencing difficulties at any of the Maricopa Community Colleges or at ASU can reach out to the Bridging Success program for assistance.

 

Maricopa Community Colleges

Sam Garman – Bridging Success Project Coordinator
Phone: 480.731.8093

sam.garman@domail.maricopa.edu

 

Arizona State University

Justine Cheung – Bridging Success Program Coordinator

Phone: 602.496.0535

justine.cheung@asu.edu

CALLED TO LOVE

https://www.calledtoloveaz.org/

6979 E. Broadway Blvd. Suite 107

Tucson, AZ 85710

520.241.1954

 

Called to Love’s office is closed to the public, but they do have basic need supplies that they can leave for families outside the door. Call for more details.

 

CANYON STATE ACADEMY

https://canyonstateacademy.com/

 

Rite of Passage meets the local, state and federal definitions of an essential service ​provider and our programs will remain open to care for our vulnerable population.

 

CASA COUNCIL HELPING CHILDREN OF MOHAVE COUNTY

https://casasupport.org/

 

We at CASA Council Helping Children are fully operational and ready to serve the children of Mohave County no matter where you are placed in the state. The child must have been adjudicated by the Mohave County Court System and have an assigned case manager at Department of Child Safety. A grant request can be placed digitally through our website www.casasupport.org. 

 

We will consider requests for emergency clothing, beds and bedding for relative placements, child care help through the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. When schools resume, we will consider sports fees and tutoring help. We do some funding for dance classes, gymnastics, and karate for a Maximum of THREE MONTHS ONLY. Other needs can be considered. Any questions please contact:

 

Beverly Siemens

Email: beverly.siemens@gmail.com

Cell: 530.632.5567

 

Ron Stephan

Email: rstephan@citlink.net

Cell: 928.279.2100

 

CATHOLIC CHARITIES COMMUNITY SERVICES

https://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/

 

Catholic Charities is continuing many of its operations during this time, but all of our events, group volunteer opportunities and social gatherings have been postponed. Each program/service varies in terms of how our team members are working with clients, so please contact a program directly for specific program information. Office location numbers are listed under the “Get Help” section of our website.

 

 

 

 

CHILD CRISIS ARIZONA

https://childcrisisaz.org/

 

Here are some ways our programs are affected:

 

  • Family Education classes and counseling appointments are At this time we are working diligently to get our family education courses online. We anticipate we will have some available by mid-April. Please check back as it may happen sooner. 
  • Meet and Greets to learn about being a foster parent are very small groups utilizing social distancing. Please email foster@childcrisisaz.org to RSVP. The training to become a foster parent, Foster Parent College, is available online. Historically, the number of calls for child abuse investigations spike when children return to school from a long break. We anticipate a great need for more foster parents in the near future.
  • Current foster parents can still contact their licensing worker with any questions or concerns or email foster@childcrisisaz.org. You can find more information on virtual visits on the DCS website.
  • Early Education Services are suspended. Children and families that depend on this program for food service will still be able to pick up meals curbside Monday through Friday at 10:30am. Please contact your Family Support Specialist for more information. 

 

COCONINO CASA FOR KIDS

 

During this time of great anxiety and uncertainty for the families we work with, Coconino CASA for Kids is here to help! CASAs, attorneys, and DCS staff, please contact foster parents and especially kinship families to ask if they need diapers, wipes, food, and child care assistance. For basic needs, we are ready to review requests quickly and get help out fast!  The process to request assistance is easyApply for a Grant today!

 

FOSTER ARIZONA

https://fosterarizona.org/

 

In an abundance of caution, and to support the health and well-being of the youth we support and our volunteers, we have decided to postpone our upcoming events and trainings through May. We will share updates on events as they develop. We appreciate your understanding during this time.

 

Foster Arizona continues to work closely with young adults in its housing program, ensuring that their basic needs are met and will continue to move young adults into available housing due to current need. Foster Arizona is currently working to process the five applications for their housing program that they have received due to the current situation. They are seeking donations of Walmart, Food City and Fry’s gift cards to assist youth access local grocery stores.

 

 

 

 

 

FOSTERING ADVOCATES ARIZONA/CHILDREN’S ACTION ALLIANCE

https://www.fosteringadvocatesarizona.org/

 

Continue to provide online resources for youth transitioning to adulthood and their website also includes resources for youth that they may need at this current time.

 

FOSTERING SUCCESS (UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA)

Classes have been moved to online formats and housing and dining services remain open at UofA for students who do not have alternative living arrangements. Any student with foster care backgrounds who have needs or are experiencing difficulties at the University of Arizona can reach out to the Fostering Success program for assistance.

 

University of Arizona

Dani Carrillo – Fostering Success Program Coordinator

520.626.5710

danicarrillo@email.arizona.edu

 

FREE ARTS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN OF ARIZONA

https://www.freeartsaz.org/

 

At this time Free Arts has paused most of our normal programming. We are still continuing with a mural project on the exterior of our new building. This project involves teaching artist Isaac Caruso and two Free Arts Alumni serving as Artist Apprentices. We are also moving forward with creating an interior mixed media donor wall art piece created by Free Arts teaching artist Kristine Kollasch. Kris will be assisted by a Free Arts Alumni Apprentice as well.

We have following NEW initiatives available, several to the agencies and families we currently serve and a few to the greater community as well. 

 

  • Art Heals Videos– A video series which is available to the children in our programs as well as the general public that includes instruction from professional teaching artists in a specific art form and self-awareness concepts that highlight the use of art-based coping tools
  • Hope Packages/Take-Home Projects – Art project curriculum and materials available to our 40 social service partner agencies.
  • Caregiver Community– A weekly online meeting and corresponding Facebook group for program staff of our social service agency partners as well as foster/kinship parents to share best practices and trauma informed coping strategies. 
  • Alumni Connection– Intentional opportunities designed to allow alumni to connect to Free Arts, one another, and community resources.

 

Please note that the descriptions above contain some hyperlinks to the videos and to the Caregiver Community FB Page.   

 

Additionally, we have moved our Volunteer Orientations online and folks interested in learning more about how they can transform children’s trauma to resilience through the arts can visit: https://www.freeartsaz.org/you-can-help/volunteer-your-time/orientation/ to register.

 

 

 

 

GAP MINISTRIES

https://www.gapmin.com/ 

 

Organization is hiring more house parents to care for children who reside at Gap Ministries homes, who are home from school.

 

Treasures & More Resale Store hours are changing temporarily beginning March 23, 2020.

Store hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am to 5pm
Donation drop offs and pick-ups: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am to 5pm
5527 E. Pima St. (at Craycroft)

520.296.3337

 

GENERATION JUSTICE

https://www.genjustice.org/

 

Gen Justice is running business as normal, with the exception that we aren’t scheduling live educational presentations currently. If the quarantine measures remain in place, we will offer those presentations online. The litigation and general advice arm of Children’s Law Clinic is operating as normal.

 

HELEN’S HOPE CHEST

https://www.mesaunitedway.org/helenshope/

 

In light of recent Coronavirus (CoVID-19) concerns, and out of an abundance of caution for the children and families we serve, the leadership team at Helen’s Hope Chest has suspended all operations beginning, March 13 and resuming tentatively in April. While we regret the need to make this decision, we believe this is the best course of action to protect those in our community who are most at risk. We have begun a weekly email to our clients to keep them updated and to see how they are holding up.

 

Closures will affect operations at the Mesa Veterans Resource Center, Helen’s Hope Chest, East Valley VITA locations (Mesa, Chandler & Gilbert), 12Books, and the Mesa United Way offices. For those with previously-scheduled appointments, we thank you for your patience as we work to contact and reschedule your appointments. For updates and more information, please visit: www.mesaunitedway.org/coronavirus-service-closures

 

Helen’s Hope Chest is not able to accept donations at this time and items should not be left outside of the location, either. Please e-mail us at info@helenshopechest.org if you have any questions. Please do not call as we will not have anyone at Helen’s to answer the phone.

Foster 360 navigators are working with youth who’ve aged out of foster care remotely to provide needed services during this time.

 

HOPE AND A FUTURE, INC

https://azhope.com/

 

Hope and a Future’s main program is summer camps for foster kids. We are moving ahead and planning as if they will still occur. Caregivers interested in all of the summer dates can visit https://azhope.com/camps/ for more information. Click “learn more” and follow up with the specific camp director listed on the website.

 

HOPE COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC.

https://hcs-az.org/

 

The HCS office will be open for restricted hours with limited staff starting Thursday, March 19th until further notice due to COVID-19. Currently, HCS is following guidelines from our contracted partners, Department of Child Safety, AHCCCS health plans as well as state and federal recommendations. Sanitation of the office space has increased as we are following recommended guidelines by the CDC.

 

Community based services for child welfare and behavioral health will continue with additional safety procedures put in place. The office will be available, by appointment only, for in-office behavioral health services and child welfare services will continue to be in the community, in home or by other means. Staff will conduct services through telehealth (conference calls and/or video conferencing) when able. Special measures will be taken if service requires a face to face meeting. Staff who conduct home visits will be calling clients/guardians to prescreen prior to arrival to ensure no illnesses is current in the household. If there is evidence of illness, appointments will be rescheduled. It is important that HCS continues to serve those in need of our services during this difficult time and vital that we protect our employees and contractors.  

 

JESSE’S CLOSET FOSTER CHILD RESOURCE CENTER

https://www.jessiescloset.org/

 

Jesse’s Closet is currently open, please call (928) 769-4004 for more information.

 

JOSE’S CLOSET

https://josescloset.org/

Due to the current Covid-19 issues, Jose‘s Closet will be closed until further notice. Many of the families we serve have members in high-risk groups, and we want to be as cautious as possible.

 

Donors: Please hold your items until we reopen, if possible.

 

Volunteers: Please watch our website for updates. We will need your help when we can reopen.

 

KELI MAY FOUNDATION

https://kelimayfoundation.org/

 

In an abundance of caution, and to support the health and well-being of the youth we support and our volunteers, we have decided to postpone our upcoming events and trainings through May.

 

A MIGHTY CHANGE OF HEART

https://www.amchaz.org/

 

A Mighty Change of Heart continues to provide its services. 20 bags + 7 cities + 1 Jamie. We want to let all foster families know that Jamie is the only employee who is handling bags. She’s being diligent about good hygiene practices and she plans on doing door drops instead of waiting for her normal greeting.

 

 

 

MORE THAN A BED

https://morethanabed.org/

For the safety of our families, volunteers, and staff, More Than a Bed will still be open during normal business hours, but are taking the following actions until further notice:

  • Order online, pickup only
  • No donations
  • No walk-ins
  • Pick-ups Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Closed all Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Twi orders per month per child

 

NEW HORIZON YOUTH HOMES, INC.

https://nhccservices.org/

 

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely as our programs continue to serve the community. We are seeing a higher demand for food assistance and basic essentials, but our resources are finite.  You can find resources including financial and food assistance, mental health help, and at-home learning on our website:

nhccservices.org/resources

 

OCJ KIDS

https://www.ocjkids.org/

 

Continue to offer activities to small groups of children and youth who reside in group homes to engage in at their location. Continue to provide jammies, emergency food cards, cuddle bags, and transition suitcases to DCS offices.

 

Do you know a teen at home looking for something to do? OCJ Kids can use a few teens at a time to help us sort books for the summer reading library. We will limit the number to 5 – 6 volunteers at once. If you are interested in volunteering for a few hours this week, contact Steven at 602.439.2171.

 

ONWARD HOPE

https://onwardhope.org/

If you have any extra supplies, Onward Hope, Inc. is still working with our foster families and youth in group homes who are going without.

 

We are going into the group homes and working with youth on improving their lives and just having some fun, to break the cabin fever (no more than 10 folks at a time, using suggested precautions).

 

If any of our families or youth or alumni from foster care need support, please call our on-call number at 480.387.4940.

 

Please consider donating supplies to directly to Onward Hope. We can pick up items (non-perishable food, diapers, wipes, toilet paper and working new or used laptops). To schedule a pickup, please email info@onwardhope.org

 

RESILIENT ME

https://www.resilientme.org/

 

Resilient Me is continuing normal operations.

 

SCOTT FOUNDATION

https://scott-foundation.org/

 

Responding to the growing waitlist of calls pouring in, we are preparing to announce the opening of a 12-week Culinary Camp and a Social Wellness Workshop that offers kids an opportunity to work with animals. Once the lockdown notice is lifted by DCS, these opportunities will serve Arizona foster youth ages 8 to 17.

 

THRIVE AZ

Thrive is partnering with the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation to collect and distribute food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, diapers and wipes to youth who’ve aged out of foster care. To sign up for an appointment to pick up food and supplies, click here.

 

VOICES FOR CASA CHILDREN

https://voicesforcasachildren.org/

 

Responding to CDC guidelines, we have moved many of the in-person CASA Information Sessions to an online format! Now you can continue to engage with the inquiry process and learn about this important role. Visit our events page below:

https://voicesforcasachildren.org/events/

 

YAVAPAI CASA FOR KIDS

https://yavapaicasaforkids.org/

 

Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is operating under the following conditions due to the Coronavirus:

 

  • Family Visitation Center rooms will be closed for the next 2 weeks.
  • The Jockeys & Juleps Gala is postponed until the fall of 2020
  • If a foster family is experiencing an emergency situation due to COVID-19 and the need is outside of the scope of what our grants will cover (ie. money for food), our Emergency Clothing Cards with DCS are to be used as an Emergency Services cards. For a family to obtain one they must contact their DCS caseworker.
  • At this time any applications for board members & volunteers will be held until after this pandemic.
  • YC4KF employees are working remotely so the office is closed to the public

 

YOUTH ON THEIR OWN (YOTO)

https://yoto.org/

 

For the safety of our students, staff, and community YOTO’s administrative offices will be closed to the public until further notice. The mini-mall will re-open on April 2, 2020. YOTO is paying the last two months of the school year in advance to our students. We do not know if schools will be back by April 10, 2020 so we want to get those checks to the students as soon as possible. We are currently reaching out to all of our students to verify a mailing address to send their checks. If a mailing address is not available, we are working with schools to see if we can deliver their checks there if they are providing lunches for students.

 

We are also offering a $40 gift card if the student needs more supplies. We are also still offering bill assistance, reloading bus cards, and accepting new applications. The Program Coordinators are also available through email, phone, and text for the students if they have any questions or need to access other resources.

 

 

 

HOUSING

Shelter Hotline
For help in locating an emergency, homeless or domestic violence shelter in MaricopaCounty
602.263.8900 or 800.799.7739


American Red Cross
Hotel Vouchers
800.842.7349


Arizona Department of Housing
602.771.1000


Family First – Glendale, AZ
Contact: Pastor Bryce Alexander
623.845.2905


Family Housing Hub (Pendergast Community Center)
10550 W Mariposa St, #1
Phoenix, AZ 85037
602.595.8700
Hours: Thurs. 8am – 4pm


Family Promise
480.659.5227
info@familypromiseAZ.org
Helping families who are homeless.


Gift of Mary Women’s Shelter – Single Adult Shelters and Resources
1406 S 17th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.254.8424
Emergency shelter for single women 18+ and for women 18+ with girls any age or boysage 5 or younger who are homeless. Ten beds for single women; 5 beds for women with kids.


Interfaith Cooperative Ministries Food, Clothing, Toiletries & Household Items
602.254.7450
Phoenix Housing – Section 8
602.534.1974


The Salvation Army Family Emergency Program
11 N 3rd Ave
Avondale, AZ
623.932.0472
4318 W Clarendon Ave
Phoenix, AZ (Maryvale)
602.233.9272


SHELTERS

Central Arizona Shelter Services
230 S 12th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.256.6945


DeColores Domestic Violence Shelter (Spanish Speaking)
Phoenix, AZ
602.269.1515

HOSPITALS, CRISIS LINES AND OUTPATIENT COUNSELING

HOSPITALS

Aurora Behavioral Health (inpatient/outpatient): 623.344.4400
Banner Behavioral Health Hospital (inpatient/outpatient): 480.448.7500
Quail Run Behavioral Health (inpatient/outpatient): 602.455.5694
St. Luke’s Behavioral Health (inpatient/outpatient): 602.251.8535


CRISIS LINES

Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741
Maricopa Crisis Response Network (Mental Health Crisis): 1.800.531.1314
Maricopa Mobile Crisis Team: 602.222.9444
Teen Life Line: 602.248.8336
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.4673
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255) (Veterans press 1)
Warm Line (non-crisis line): 520.770.9909


OUTPATIENT COUNSELING SERVICES

A New Leaf: 480.969.4024
Arizona Children Association: 800.944.7611
Black Family and Children Services: 602.243.1773
EMPACT LaFrontera: 480.784.1514
Jewish Family and Children’s Services: 602.279.7655
Southwest Behavioral Health: 602.685.6000
Terros: 602-685-6000
Touchstone: 866.207.3882/623.930.8705

INTERNET ACCESS

Cox

Effective Monday, March 16, Cox is providing:

  • Limited-time, first two months free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter
  • Until May 15, 2020, we are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs
  • Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People
  • A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access

LEARN MORE HERE


Comcast

Company Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Unlimited Data for Free, Confirms Its Commitment to Connecting Low-Income Families

LEARN MORE HERE

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Drug prices vary wildly between pharmacies. GoodRx may find you lower prices and discounts.  LEARN MORE

SUPPORT FOR HELPERS

To those of you holding many feelings for children in these weeks, thank you. Reorganizing daily life is not easy, but we are grateful to watch the world make efforts large and small to protect vulnerable people.  Here are resources from the Fred Rogers Center in addition to partner organizations for those of you looking for ways to create learning opportunities and structure for children. Be sure to follow our social media pages where we will also continue to share reminders and resources from Fred Rogers about what children may need from the adults in their lives during these uncertain times.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • Talking with children about coronavirus
  • Caring for children and yourself
  • Learning with children through play
  • Learning with children through digital media
  • Bringing Mister Rogers to your neighborhood
  • Fred Rogers’ six basic necessities of learning

CLICK HERE

TRANSIT

Phoenix Buses

Phoenix buses using caution tape to block front entrances amid coronavirus

Buses in Phoenix will not be collecting fares and will be having passengers board through the back door, via Arizona Republic


Bus Service Outside of Phoenix

ValleyMetro: Our response to COVID-19 – Buses outside of Phoenix will continue to collect fares, and will also be having passengers board through the back door

Valley Metro customer service during COVID-19 – information about service, how to contact customer service, and ride planning assistance

UNEMPLOYMENT

Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned, but will be between $187 and $240 per week.  At this time, individuals can receive up to a maximum of 26 weeks of benefits.

You can learn more about the application process, what to do after filing an initial claim, and more at www.AZUI.gov or apply for benefits at uiclaims.azdes.gov

To apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Arizona you will need the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Full address (including Zip Code and County)
  • Social Security Number (or Alien Registration number)
  • Entire employment history for the last 18 months
  • Correct names of the employers for that 18 month period
  • Approximate dates of employment
  • Address of the employer’s main office or headquarters
  • Your last day of work
  • Name and address of that particular employer
  • Exact amount of:
    • Vacation pay
    • Holiday pay
    • Sick pay
    • Severance pay received at the end of your employment
  • If receiving a pension, the date you began receiving those payments and the monthly amount
  • If ex-military or ex-federal employee, copies of (as appropriate):
    • DD214
    • SF8
    • SF50
UTILITIES

APS

  • We are suspending shutting off power to our customers for non-payment. We are waiving late fees.
  • Utility Assistance: APS has partnered with St. Vincent de Paul to provide crisis bill assistance to APS customers in need. Please call Utility Assistance Line at 602.850.6948.
  • We are setting up a Customer Support Fund for those who need assistance paying their bill that will be available starting Wednesday, March 18th. The fund will be available through our advisors by calling us at 602.371.7171 (Phoenix) or 800.253.9405 (other areas), weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm. We do expect call volumes could be high and will do our best to get to calls in a timely manner.

AT&T

AT&T will not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They will waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer my incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The coronavirus pandemic is causing many hardships. If you find yourself in financial trouble and unable to pay your bill, AT&T is here to help you. P{lease contact 800.288.2020 for AT&T broadband, residential wireless or small business services and 611 from your AT&T device for wireless.

CENTURYLINK

Waive late fees, data limits and will not terminate service for residential and small business customers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 


CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1.844.488.8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.


CITY OF PHOENIX WATER

Phoenix Water Services will continue to provide safe, clean, reliable water to the community during this healthcare emergency. Those currently disconnected have also been reconnected. These residences will receive low-flow water service that is adequate for sanitation and cooking. Customers will be responsible to pay for all water service received during this time and should continue making partial or full payments of their City Services Bill when possible to avoid a
precipitously higher bill at a later date. For further assistance paying bill, please see the agencies below:

  • St. Vincent de Paul: 602.254.3338
  • Salvation Army: 602.267.4127
  • Human Services Social Services/City of Phoenix: 602.262.6510

COX

Cox won’t terminate services to residential or small businesses for the next 60 days due to disruptions and will waive late fees and open Cox Wi-Fi hotspots to keep communities connected. Effective Monday, March 16, Cox is providing:

  • Limited-time, first month free of Connect2Compete services, $9.95/month thereafter

CRICKET WIRELESS

Beginning March 14, Cricket will waive reconnect fees for customers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket customers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic should call Cricket customer care at 1.800.CRICKET (274.2538) or 611 from their Cricket phone if they need this reconnect waived.


SALT RIVER PROJECT (SRP)

SRP is temporarily suspending electricity disconnections and waiving late fees.


SOUTHWEST GAS

Southwest Gas has stopped service disconnections indefinitely, until the coronavirus situation
improves. For customers experiencing financial hardship, we are here to help with flexible
payment options.

  •  Humane Services Social Services/City of Phoenix: 602.262.6510

SPRINT

For the next 60 days, Spring will support residential and small business customers by:

  • Not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus
  • Waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic
  • Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost
  • Providing customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost

T-MOBILE

Customers’ network capacity across the country has been increased and all customers will have
unlimited data for the next 60 days.


VERIZON

When a Verizon customer is experiencing hardships because of COVID-19, for the next 60 days, Verizon will waive late fees and will not terminate service to a customer who’s been impacted by the events involving the coronavirus. If our customers are experience a hardship, they should call our customer service team to discuss their situation and available options at 1.800.922.0204

Years Serving Families

Premier Members

events in 2019

recycled bikes given to children

Get In Touch

Location: 3110 East Thunderbird Rd., Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Phone: 602-884-1801

Fax: 602-274-4384

Email: info@azafap.org

AZAFAP Hours: M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm