With temperatures reaching 120-plus degrees yesterday in Mesa, and staying above at least 113 all this week, Save the Family is asking the community to help formerly homeless clients get to work, job interviews or classes by donating $20 to cover the cost of a seven-day Valley Metro bus pass.
“As our clients lift themselves out of poverty and move on the path toward financial independence, those sidewalks will get awfully hot and we’re hoping the community will help us help them be safe and cool as they go to work or school,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor. “A $20 donation will pay for bus passes for a week, allowing them to continue moving toward their goals.”
Save the Family in Mesa is on track to serve more than 650 formerly homeless families this year with services, support, housing and job-search and preparation programs.
“Living in the Valley at this time of year certainly has its challenges, but we don’t take a break during the summer and neither do our clients,” Taylor said. “Some have their own transportation, but most don’t.”
Taylor said donations can be made through the Save the Family website at www.savethefamily.org/donate or at the organization’s building at 125 E. University Drive in Mesa.
For more information about Save the Family, visit www.savethefamily.org.