"I am looking forward to a community center for children and families touched by foster and adoption. Each of our children are unique and special. The likes and hobbies of each of my children are very diverse. Having a community center that will give them an opportunity to pursue some of their interests is exciting to me. Also, the opportunity for our family to serve and to help others in the community will be a great growing experience for all of us. I am committed to making this dream come to fruition."
Jacob's Mission Community Center will serve foster, adopted and kinship children as well as their families by providing a variety of services. Our intent is to help support and strengthen these families through programs and interventions such as:
Services were being provided way too late, if they were being provided at all. Although Jacob's Law solved many of these problems, it occurred to us that had on-going preventative services been in place, it could have made a real difference in some of these cases. We know with proper intervention and support, we can keep more families together. Thus our passion to create Jacob's Law evolved into our passion to further Jacob's Mission. Walk along side of us as we create a community center that will make have a big impact and lasting change.
The signing of HB 2242 into Law on March 24, 2016 could have very well been the successful conclusion to our journey. However, we could not ignore the glaring need we had discovered for supportive and preventative services in the foster and adoptive community. We heard testimony after testimony regarding traumatized children and their families in crisis.
Meeting the Need
Our foster care non-profit organization just purchased a million dollar property in Mesa, the building sits on 3 acres. We are in need of volunteers to help us with the renovations. Help us turn an old church into a community center where we can provide after-school activities to children, youth and families who have been and are involved with child welfare.
We are also in need of donors and sponsors who would like to contribute directly to furthering Jacob's Mission. We have several fundraising initiatives please contact us if you would like to assist.
"As a foster parent, I see the devastating effects of abuse and trauma on children, and the effects of caring for their unique needs on the foster families who take care of them. The work that foster parents do is critical in the lives of the children in our community, and this community center will provide vital support and resources to them as they help these children heal. It will also give children a place to belong and to have acceptance and understanding in their journey."
ASA Now has been busy serving our community. In 2016 ASA Now was able to serve 515 children and 288 families, in 2017 we served 1,060 children and 630 families. in 2018 we served 950 families and 2,336 children. As of 9-9-19 we have served 556 families and 2,520 children.
ASA Now has provided Advocacy, Support and Assistance to Families and Children impacted by Foster Care through the following events:
After-School Tutoring and Homework Help
Reading Music Class
Emergency Placement Bags
Emergency Food Boxes
Jacob's Giving Closet: PJ's,clothes, socks, underwear, blankets, diapers and wipes
Backpacks and school supplies
Jacob's Pantry: canned goods, produce, frozen meals
Foster Children's Birthday Parties
Therapeutic Animals at our Events
Respite Care - Parent's Night Out
Foster Family Feast and Family Socials
Life Skills for Teenagers
Trauma Mama and Couples Retreat
Trunk or Treat Spooktacular Fall Celebration
Winter Wonderland Christmas Celebration
Kinship Toy Drive
Advocacy - Provide Resources and Support
Jacob's Law Trainings
Caregiver Workshop Series
Community Outreach - Partner and volunteer with other non-profit organizations