Volume 93 | October 13th, 2021
Anthony Reunited with Aunt in Chicago
Anthony, originally from Chicago, was seeking some assistance to reconnect with his Tribal health care benefits in order to get back on his medications. The process eventually came to a completion and he started taking his medications again. During this time though he ended up overextending his stay at a hotel and was no longer able to afford to stay there. Anthony ended up unsheltered and unhoused. He was on the streets for the first time, not knowing how he would get back home to Chicago without money. Anthony came to the Brian Garcia Welcome Center seeking shelter and services. While at the front desk completing an intake, HSC staff mentioned we had a diversion program that could help to get back home. Anthony was ecstatic! Staff was able to verify with his aunt that she was happy to have Anthony return and to live with her. Anthony traveled safely back to Chicago via a bus ticket provided by the HSC and is now living with his aunt. 
Honoring Indigenous People's Day
In honor and recognition of Indigenous People's Day commemorating Native American history and culture, Native American Connections visited the Human Services Campus on Monday morning for a special ceremony. Clients were invited, and we were all joined together on the lawn. Dwight Francisco, Native American Connections Cultural Service Provider, provided a Blessing and Smudging as well as a reading of President Biden’s Proclamation of the Federal Indigenous People’s Day.
We are so grateful to Dwight and everyone at Native American Connections for sharing this opportunity to celebrate and honor Indigenous families, traditions, history and culture.
We acknowledge that the Human Services Campus is on the ancestral lands of those American Indian tribes that have inhabited this land for centuries, including the Akimel O'odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples. We pay respect to Indigenous elders - past, present and future - who have stewarded this land through the generations.
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Last month, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded $123 million in surprise grants to 71 nonprofit organizations. This marked the largest single-day grant initiative in Arizona’s history. We are joined live in studio by Piper Trust President & CEO Mary Jane Rynd and Wildfire Executive Director Cynthia Zwick for a look at the process and power of philanthropy.

Plus, we will meet Shante Saulsberry, founder and CEO of Janice’s Women’s Center, and hear how a chance encounter at a bus stop set her on a new course to help women impacted by domestic violence.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel discuss the myth that many homeless people prefer the freedom of life on the streets to staying in the shelter.

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