Meals of Joy, a Litchfield Park-based nonprofit that provides fresh, nutritious meals to seniors across the West Valley, was among 21 organizations approved for city of Goodyear grants.
The Goodyear City Council voted unanimously Monday, July 13 to award $114,400 in grants to nonprofits that serve its residents.
Meals of Joy, 501 E. Plaza Circle, Suite 2, will receive $1,000 to support income-eligible seniors living with food insecurities through meal deliveries to their homes. The organization serves 50 Goodyear residents, according to a staff report by Christina Panaitescu, Grants & Neighborhood Services supervisor.
In addition to Goodyear, Meals of Joy delivers hundreds of meals each week to seniors in Litchfield Park, Avondale, Buckeye, Sun City, Surprise, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Peoria and Glendale.
The city received 45 requests from nonprofits totaling $424,000, and 14 of those were first-time applicants. Councilmembers Wally Campbell, Laura Kaino and Joe Pizzillo reviewed the applications and worked with staff to recommend funding amounts.
The other organizations receiving funding for fiscal 2021 are:
- A New Leaf Inc.: $5,000 to help vulnerable families maintain housing, stabilize their children in school and gain self-sufficiency (for 66 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank: $1,2000 to have the food to meet increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (for 1,900 duplicated Goodyear residents).
- All Faith Community Services: $15,000 to provide a “Mobile Food Bank” pilot project to support the emergency food needs of the residents of Goodyear and data collection for added services (for 1,600 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Angels on Patrol, Inc.: $1,800 for the expansion of Crisis Response and Youth Enrichment Programs into Goodyear (for 100 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Area Agency on Aging: $5,500 to support two innovative transportation programs through the Area Agency on Aging to help transport older adults to the grocery store, and doctor appointments and to pick-up prescriptions (for 40 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Benevilla: $2,000 to provide free, no-charge services for elderly and disabled adults, including assisted transportation to medical appointments and other vital appointments, grocery shopping, phone pals/friendly visitors, handyman services and weekly emergency errands such as prescription pickups (for 280 duplicated Goodyear residents).
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona: $2,000 for facilitated evidence-based mentoring programs that provide relationships between adults and at-risk youth in the community (for 10 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley: $8,000 to support the educational, workforce development, and other programming at the Tri-City West Thornwood Branch in order to provide a greater variety of services to Goodyear residents (for 130 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Catitude Gallery & Studio: $2,000 to allow Goodyear residents 55 and older to obtain new art skills, socialize, create and innovate, improve motor skills, attend community events, utilize programs offered by the city, and increase awareness of art; and, to serve Advanced Placement High School students who want to pursue art as a career (for 800 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Central Arizona Shelter Services: $5,000 to fund services for Goodyear residents experiencing homelessness, as well as the pursuit of regional solutions to ending homelessness and build community stability (for 20 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Helping Families In Need: $4,000 to provide enrollment services to Goodyear residents for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), KidsCare, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Affordable Care Act (for 550 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Homeless Youth Connection: $1,500 to eliminate barriers to graduation for homeless youth and create lasting solutions for a successful future (for 25 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Hope Community Services Inc.: $5,000 to support licensing and monitoring foster care and adoptive homes and ensures that the children are being take care of in a safe place, provide behavioral health services to these children who, in most cases, have been subjected to unspeakable trauma; and, provide parent aide, a Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and supervised visitations for biological parents in the hopes of reunification (for 200 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest: $2,500 to provide safe shelter and connection to the resources necessary to move beyond homelessness since in the Southwest Valley (for 12 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Mission of Mercy: $1,500 to provide free primary medical care and prescription medications to uninsured and underinsured families at six rotating clinics throughout Maricopa County, along with patient support, and health education for managing chronic conditions (for 45 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- New Life Center: $8,000 to meet the needs of those impacted by domestic violence, including: survivors, law enforcement and first responders, social service providers, healthcare workers and the community at large with emergency shelter and outreach services that support survivors living in the community, lay legal advocacy, move-out assistance and assistance for survivors of sexual assault (for 75 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- Phoenix Rescue Mission: $10,000 to assist individuals experiencing homelessness and connect them to solutions and resources that best meet their needs (for 120 duplicated Goodyear residents).
- Southwest Lending Closet: $13,600 to lend home health care equipment free of charge to any person in need (for 1,000 duplicated Goodyear residents).
- Special Olympics Arizona: $1,500 to provide inclusive opportunities to a minimum of 400 Goodyear residents of all ages and abilities through sports, arts, health, connectivity, and community (for 400 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
- St. Mary’s Food Bank: $7,500 to provide additional food to individuals and families experiencing an emergency situation, such as a fire, flood, unexpected job layoff (including those due to the COVID-19 pandemic) or significant health issue; to homeless individuals by providing food to local shelters and food kitchens; and to anyone else who needs food for whatever reason (for 5,300 unduplicated Goodyear residents).
According to the staff report, funding priorities for fiscal 2021 were established based on the city’s 2019 Community Needs Assessment, including expanding services designed to meet the needs of minority populations, people in, or at risk of being, in crisis, or the homeless; fostering social and cultural cohesion; innovative solutions to bring more mental health care services into the city, particularly for youth; innovative transportation solutions for residents, particularly those that help residents meet their health care needs; and regional solutions that result in increased access and a greater variety of services available to Goodyear residents and the workforce.
Kelly O’Sullivan can be reached at email@example.com or 760-963-1697.