Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development has received a $100,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities as a result of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, launching a collaboration to support homeless youth. Grant money will be used towards the Tumbleweed Youth Resource Centers located in Tempe and Phoenix.
Youth Resource Centers (Phoenix/Tempe) is a program for homeless youth ages 12 – 25. Tumbleweed provides the most basic needs including meals, showers, clothing, access to medical care, counseling, case management, and educational and social groups in the Phoenix and East Valley area. Street-based outreach teams are another component of the Resource Centers. Vans hit the streets supplied with sack lunches, water, blankets and hygiene items to hand out to youth living on the streets.
“The donation provided by Thunderbirds Charities will help insure young people living on the streets will get their most basic survival needs meet each day,” said Cynthia Schuler, Tumbleweed Chief Executive Officer. “Our Resource Centers help clients escape homelessness and work toward their individual goals of self-sufficiency.”
“As Thunderbirds, we work hard all year planning and executing the Waste Management Phoenix Open,” said Thunderbirds Big Chief Tom Altieri. “The real satisfaction, though, comes from the ability to give back to so many great organizations such as Tumbleweed. It makes everything we do feel so worthwhile.”
For more information about Tumbleweed programs and services, visit www.tumbleweed.org.
About Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development is a private, nonprofit agency founded in 1972 by Soroptimist International of Phoenix to provide emergency shelter and services for runaway and homeless youth. The mission of Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development is to provide a safe space for collaborating with youth and young adults in our community who are vulnerable or experiencing homelessness. These safe spaces allow access to caring relationships, resources, and programs that offer opportunities for young people to develop their individual potential.