Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier human services nonprofit, today announced that is has been awarded a five-year grant from First Things First. The grant will be used to continue the work of the Benevilla Family Resource Center.
Benevilla has been chosen through a competitive grant application process to receive funding for the Family Resource Center to provide programs and services that will help families prepare their children to start kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. This is the third competitive grant Benevilla has received for the Family Resource Center since 2009.
Beginning July 1, Benevilla will receive $700,000 per year for five years to implement a scope of work that has been proven as an effective strategy to empower parents with children 0 -5 years old and strengthen families. First Things First is a state-wide organization that utilizes money collected from the tax on the sale of tobacco products to fund early education programs.
“With this grant we will be able to add additional staff who will work closely with families to make a family plan, set strategic goals to support families in our community, and achieve positive outcomes for each person that we serve.” says Joanne Thomson, Benevilla President and CEO.
Benevilla Family Resource Center programs include: Community Resource and Referral, Evidence-based Parenting and Caregiver Classes, Kinship Care and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, Health Insurance and Application Assistance, a Lending Library, Purposeful Play Groups, Song-ercise, reading groups, programs for Fathers and Community Events.
Benevilla Family Resource Center programs are free and offered at many locations throughout the Northwest Valley. The Benevilla Family Resource Center services territories including the Northwest Maricopa region including Glendale, Peoria, Sun Cities, Surprise, El Mirage, Waddell, Wittman, Wickenburg, Morristown, and Aguila.
Started by the community and for the community in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit human services agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children, and families. Services are provided through a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. For more information on services, volunteer opportunities, to donate to Benevilla or to schedule a tour call 623-584-4999 or visit www.benevilla.org.