HELPING WOMEN HELP THEMSELVES
Every woman deserves a bright, happy and safe future where she and her children can thrive. Fresh Start Women’s Foundation provides women with education, resources and support to positively transform their lives. It’s helping women to create stronger communities and families.
How and when was your charity formed?
Twenty-five years ago; two sisters, Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart, recognized the need for programs and services for women who were looking to join or rejoin the workforce to support themselves and their families. At that time, Arizona ranked the fifth highest in the nation for what was then termed “displaced homemakers” and existing programs from 18 organizations statewide had only the capacity to serve 11 percent of the women desiring assistance. Through the Governor’s Office and the Arizona Coalition of Displaced Homemakers the only program of its kind in existence was developed to offer monthly makeovers to women. In addition to hair, makeup and manicures; they enjoy motivational, educational and inspiring presentations from guest speakers.
Briefly describe the mission of your organization.
Fresh Start provides education, resources and support for women to positively transform their lives and strengthen the community.
What is the most significant impact that your organization makes in the community?
Fresh Start knows that when a woman believes in herself and is able to see a vision for her future, she can accomplish anything to which she sets her mind. Empowering women to be self-sufficient and confident has a ripple effect felt by each client’s family, friends and community; creating a positive generational impact.
What is the main thing that sets you apart from other non-profits?
Fresh Start is a unique organization that takes a holistic approach to addressing the needs of a diverse community of 5,000 women each year and allows them to access a myriad of career, education and life skills programs, as well as services such as mentoring, family law support and social work, all under one roof.
Tell us something no one knows about your charity.
Clients who select a free outfit or members of the public who shop at our in-house clothing resource and thrift boutique, Treasures Within, may occasionally find a pair of Louboutins or other designer finds.
How do volunteers play a role in your organization?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Fresh Start. More than 400 active volunteers help facilitate workshops, mentor, serve as career coaches or help with fundraising events.
Please describe the specific program for which TCF is providing funding?
The recent grant helps support a master’s level social worker at Fresh Start. Social workers provide women with personalized, one-on-one support as they make changes in their lives. They work with them to prioritize current needs, find community resources and help them identify growth opportunities, set goals and create action plans.
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