The hope letter
Dear Friends and Supporters,
I am honored to be able to share my thoughts about CeCe’s Hope Center’s mission and our work in the community. My thoughts currently center around the Town of Gilbert because of my role on the Town Council. You may not know that recently, the Town of Gilbert updated its Community Needs Assessment. In the assessment, Families in Crisis was the number one issue where services are needed. Within the category of Families in Crisis, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking were on the top of the list. I have served as the Chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments Domestic Violence Council now for 4 years. The goal of this Council is to make DV=Zero for the region. Expanding my role to also serve as a board member for CHC was a natural fit for me due to our need to also address human trafficking issues.
Sex trafficking is, unfortunately, a very real issue in our community. Even though Gilbert is considered the safest city in Arizona, this is happening right here, in our neighborhoods, as well as in the surrounding communities. This crime does not recognize geographic or socio-economic boundaries. CHC is here to bridge the gap in available services and support and soon, we will be able to offer shelter/short-term housing! This is desperately needed all across the metro area.
I want to urge you to become knowledgeable about this tragic issue. This is a very uncomfortable topic to discuss with anyone. But we as a community need to become involved if we are going to stop human trafficking. I am sad to say that there is no family that is immune to this issue. It can happen to anyone.
The CHC staff is highly skilled with many years of experience working with these victims. As CeCe’s Hope Center ramps up to provide more services, donations are a critical part of our success. I’d like each of you to strongly consider being a financial partner, supporting CHC. Spread the word and become an advocate for those vulnerable women who need our help.
We're excited to be participating in AZ GIVES day this year. Our focus will be raising funds for our first Hope House. If you've been looking for a way to support us you can set up a personal fundraiser for this campaign here: https://www.azgives.org/CeCesHopeCenter.
CeCe's Hope Center has been nominated for the AZ Foothills Nonprofit of the Year. Voting is going on now and goes until May 1, 2020. You may enter a vote each day so make sure to set a reminder for each day! The winner is the contestant with the most votes as the clock strikes 12:00:00 PM on May 1, 2020. To cast your vote click here: https://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/nonprofit-of-the-year-2020/voting/292.html
CHC is committed to renting a five-bedroom house within the next 90 days so that we can begin to have at least 10 beds available. Click here for our Amazon Smile Wishlist.
Fry's Community Rewards program makes fund-raising easy...all you have to do is shop online or at your local store and swipe your Loyalty Card and funds will be donated to the organizations of your choosing at no added cost to you. Visit https://www.frysfood.com. Once logged into your Fry's account you can search for CeCe's Hope Center either by name or RK841 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a rewards card. Customers must have a registered Fry's rewards card account to link to your organization.
*If a member does not yet have a Fry's rewards card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Fry's.
Fry's Rewards Program
Quillow Sewing at Bolts & More
February 28th & 29th
3133 S Lindsay Rd #107, Gilbert, AZ 85295
Our friends at Bolts and More in Gilbert have been hosting monthly gatherings where individuals can volunteer their sewing skills to build Quillows.
A Quillow is a hygiene kit contained in a blanket, folded into a pillow!
We coordinate with first responders who are on the streets and likely to encounter women in need of help. The Quillow is an ice breaker and helps the first responder approach the individual in a non-threatening way. They can offer the Quillow, which helps build trust and offer assistance. CeCe's Hope Center's Quillows help get the word out about our services and provide immediate relief at a time when a young woman might feel like she has nowhere to turn.
If sewing isn't your thing, volunteers also can help collect the hygiene items that go into each Quillow. You can find a list of items HERE as well as drop off locations. Have a hygiene item collection party, invite your friends, share CeCe's mission and have some fun.
To learn more about our events or how to get involved contact Kaelin@cecescenter.org.
Thank you so much for your part in helping a young woman on her path towards independence.
AZ Tax Credits
CECE'S HOPE CENTER IS AN ARIZONA QUALIFIED CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION (QCO), which means your donation of $800, if you file joint, or $400 if you file singe, can be credited towards your state taxes. In other words, you can REDUCE YOUR TAXES OWED, DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR.
Even better, you can support more than one organization at the full limit for each. For example, a couple filing joint can support a public school up to $400, a foster care organization up to $1,000, plus support a charitable organization like CeCe's (up to $800) and reduce their top line taxes owned by $2,200.
Learn more about Arizona Tax Credits here. Or, simply DONATE NOW and enjoy the benefit April 15th, knowing you are helping changing a life today!