A Call to Action
from Nancy Marion, Executive Director, House of Refuge
As many of you know the House of Refuge, along with an additional 200+ transitional housing programs throughout the United States lost their federal funding in spring of 2016. There were no hidden secrets, no hidden failures or wrong doings, nothing personal, just a simple change in a funding focus at a federal level.
That decision may have been a simple budget balancing exercise in our nation’s capital, but, it was personal to the families we served at House of Refuge whose homes were supported by the funds. The ripple eects of that “simple change” for House of Refuge meant that after the May 2nd announcement, in the ensuing 109 days, House of Refuge had no option but to move 144 homeless individuals osite and discharge 10 valuable employees. We know as extraordinarily dicult as this event was, it was your immediate response and generosity that helped us get these families safely moved. The families, sta and Board of Directors at House of Refuge would like to once again thank you and let you know we will be forever grateful and will not soon forget your kindness during the single largest crisis in our 20 year history of serving the homeless.
But, we now face the daunting challenge of rebuilding our program in order to continue to serve the homeless families in our community. Why is this so important? At the end of October 2016, in Maricopa County, there were 550 families on a waiting list becau READ MORE
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Our Adopt a Home program is an annual sponsorship of one of our 88 homes. $11,000 a year provides more than a home for a family… (read more).
Make every dollar of your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit count by supporting homeless families in our community through a donation to House of Refuge. (read more)
46 families slip into homelessness every week in Maricopa County, 28%of these families live in the East Valley. (read more)
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Many of our new residents arrive with little or no personal belongings. With the generous support of our local… (read more)