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The Hope Letter.

Thank you again for your interest in CeCe's Hope Center.
We are blessed to have you with us on this journey. Together we can bring hope, healing and real world help to women who desire independence but lack family and network, and need assistance in identifying sources of support. 

Leader Notes

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. 

Sincerely, 

Eddie Cook

Program Notes

“The impact of this virus on our community is highlighting the continued risks that our program participants face on their healing journey.” This is what CeCe’s Hope Center’s Case Manager shared over the phone this week. Monica has walked alongside hundreds of young women over the years and she’s supported many different journeys. She’s connected women to services who really start to “get it,” and take their new opportunities seriously, and she’s worked with plenty of women who were not ready to make a change.

Over the past 30 days, we have been rewarded by seeing some lessons and guidance that each of our program participants receive become useful, such as “saving for a rainy day,” or having a back-up plan for employment and housing. All of our current program participants have experienced either a total loss of income or a drastic reduction in their work hours. Some no longer have a place to stay as suddenly their roommates chose to abandon their part of the lease. A few of our program participants don’t qualify for a stimulus check so we have been able to connect them with special food boxes to help out. Many of these women are struggling to use the miscellaneous ingredients and unusual items that are included. Monica has researched recipes, provided ideas about how to approach a landlord without a full month’s rent, and continues to urge those that can, to save the extra two dollars per hour they are being paid or half of their stimulus check for the future. She is fielding creative ideas for working from home and providing words of wisdom and hope to those that don’t know where they will sleep next week.

What really stands out to her is the tenacity and creativity of some of our program participants. Some of our participants are even using their down time to take classes online so they can improve their job prospects. These are the women that will make it through this stronger, with a few dollars saved, and with new skills to build upon as they continue to grow and thrive. We celebrate these young women today because their lights are shining bright!

Exciting News
Still need a Mother’s Day gift?
Join us and Kendra Scott on April 24th & 25th for our Give Back Event.
Kendra Scott will be donating 20% of all sales using the special code for CeCe’s Hope Center. Make sure to use code: GIVEBACK7387 at checkout. Click here to check out all of their amazing items: https://virtualgivebackceceshopecenter.splashthat.com/
CeCe's Hope Center has been nominated for AZ Foothills Nonprofit of the Year Contest and voting is going STRONG! Will you help us get to second place? Voting continues through 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 votes click here: https://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/nonprofit-of-the-year-2020/voting/292.html  Be sure to Vote Twice Each Day!
Fry's Rewards:
CeCe's Hope Center is now connected with Frys Rewards. 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.
Hope House Wishlist
CHC is committed to renting a five-bedroom house so that we can begin to have at least 10 beds available. Click here for our Amazon Smile Wishlist.
Upcoming Events
Quillow Sewing at Bolts & More 
TBD
10am-5pm
3133 S Lindsay Rd #107, Gilbert, AZ 85295

Details:
Unfortunately, we have to postpone our monthly sewing events due to COVID-19. We will let you know when they are back on the schedule. In the meantime pick up fabric to make face masks. They are selling kits to make them and have tons of fabric to choose from!
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.
CECE'S HOPE CENTER IS AN ARIZONA QUALIFIED CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION 
THIS MEANS YOUR DONATION OF $800, IF YOU FILE JOINT ($400 IF YOU FILE SINGLE) CAN BE CREDITED TOWARDS YOUR STATE TAXES, REDUCING WHAT YOU OWE, DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR.
Learn more HERE.
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CeCe's Hope Center

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P.O. Box 27644 Tempe AZ 85285

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ARIZONA QCO Code: 20976      Tax ID 82-1022068






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