There are more than 18,000 children are in our Arizona State foster care system. And every year more than 800 children “age out” of the system when they turn 18 without finding a forever family. In fact, research shows that young people who aged out of the foster care system have a higher chance of experiencing unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration as adults. We want to change that narrative.
We believe when communities are trained and equipped to care for their most vulnerable, the entire community is lifted and poverty can be overcome. Our partners serve communities through life-changing resources such as clean water, food, medical aid, safe and sustainable housing, equal educational opportunities, vocational training, and empowerment in the midst of unimaginable hardships.
1 out of 6 children in developing countries are underweight, and 1 out of 6 children in our state are facing hunger. We work to raise awareness and support because we know that eliminating local and global hunger is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. When individuals living in poverty have increased access to food there is improvement in overall health, which allows for increased productivity and eventual escape from poverty.
Human trafficking is a global issue that often impacts the most vulnerable people among us. This exploitation includes sex slavery, child soldiers, and forced labor, all of which violate people’s rights and dignity. Together, with our partners, we are helping these victims find restoration.
Today, there are more people seeking safety and asylum than ever before. And with the brokenness around our world, that number will continue to grow. But we, as followers of Jesus Christ, have been called to stand in the gap and stand for the refugee.