New Life Center, the largest domestic violence shelter in Maricopa County and one of the largest in the country, is excited to announce that it has received a complete dining room remodel thanks to support from Thunderbirds Charities, who gave $50,000 towards the project. The project was completed on September 1, after four months of reconstruction. The dining room, which sits up to 60 individuals, was remodeled by GCON and furniture was provided by Elontec. The space consists of three booths, one child sitting area, one high top table, one half booth/half table, three round tables, two square tables and one long rectangular table. This allows for mixing and matching of tables to fit all different family sizes. Each resident has their own storage unit that can be used as a pantry. The cabinet corner will be a coffee station as well as storage for nonperishable food to be accessed around the clock. The kids corner has a play kitchen and fun, interactive activities for kids. The space can be accessed outside of mealtimes for any work or recreational purposes. “Before the renovation, the space felt outdated and uncomfortable for our families,” says Myriah Mhoon, CEO of the center. “Now, with the incredible support from FTWAV and Thunderbirds Charities, the space is modern, fresh and welcoming. Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who seek shelter with us will have yet another safe space to heal and grow.”
Chef Sparkle McDaniel, kitchen manager for the new space, has ten years of experience working in prime restaurants, hotels and even oil rigs after studying culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale. Her passion for cooking began at an early age, having spent countless hours in the kitchen with her grandparents in Chicago. “Food nourishes not only the body, but the soul too,” McDaniel says. “I am thankful that my gift can help people forget about daily life, even for only an hour, and focus on the delicious meal in front of them instead.”
Outside of the residential program, New Life Center also offers mobile and lay legal advocacy for victims in need. Many of its programs would not be possible without the help from corporate and community donations.
“New Life Center is making a positive life changing impact on children and adult victims of domestic abuse in our community and we are humbled to support such a great mission,” says Tim Woods, President of Thunderbirds Charities.
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