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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,

If you have followed along with us as CeCe’s has grown from the idea that we need to try and meet the needs of a high-risk population, you will know that they can quickly fall through the cracks of available support and services in the community. By bridging the gap in available services, we help young women continue their healing from sexual abuse and trauma and minimize their risks of falling back into a cycle of exploitation. We have all been working towards the day when we would be able to provide housing to young women in our program.

So many pieces are falling into place, just as the need is becoming even more acute! Our population is at high risk for homelessness, and many have already experienced it one or more times in their lives. While government and nonprofit agencies are responding creatively and aggressively to serve and support a daunting homeless population, plagued also by the heat, collectively, as a community, we are unable to meet the demand. There are not enough beds. This is exacerbated by about 80 kids aging out of Arizona's foster care system each month.

Let’s do this friends! We have the paperwork in place and the program guidelines ready to go. We are working with realtors and visiting properties. We must be able to offer temporary housing! My heart breaks every time we tell a young woman that shelters are full and we have to ask her to “hang on for another day…or week?” I miss being able to meet and talk with you all and the community. I recorded a short video as a way to speak with you directly.

Stay safe, cool, and healthy and I look forward to the time when we can all gather again.

Sincerely,

Lea Benson
CEO & Co-Founder

Click here to view a video message from Lea Benson.

Program Notes

Learning to Live Instead of Survive

Sometimes a person can just get used to the way things are. Or, maybe, they don’t really know that they could have different life experiences. Drugs, gangs, and exploitation are “just the way it is.” Then, a door opens and they step through to a world that is…different. Dora didn’t choose the first version of her life, but she is choosing the second version, each day, a little at a time.

Dora is one of CHC’s first program participants. Her story is like that of so many girls that bounce around in the system because they don’t have stable parents. It’s hard for her to make healthy choices because she hasn’t had many good role models. Her mind and body are tuned for the excitement (danger) of life on the streets and the square life is…well, sometimes a little boring. It’s
hard to unpack 17 years of education and sort out what is positive and what is better to leave behind.

Here’s what Dora has accomplished with a CHC case manager at her side:
•    She has learned to interview for jobs and overcome feelings of inadequacy, being judged, or letting her fight or flight take over when she feels cornered (a very real and common experience for individuals with trauma) when asked questions.
•    She has been a responsible, full-time employee for a good company where she showed promise (until she was let go because of position eliminations resulting from COVID-19).
•    She is enrolled in school and will soon have opportunities to work in the healthcare field, with a salary and career opportunities she never thought possible for herself or her child.
•    She has a child that is healthy and thriving.
•    She is leaning on her positive coping skills w
hen the fatigue of parenting or disappointment of challenging times makes it all seem like too much.
•    She dreams of feeling safe and comfortable and worthy.

It’s hard to measure progress when living with the struggles of a single individual. Hope is progress. Safety is progress. Commitment to a po
sitive future is progress. If Dora can continue to make this her reality, so can so many more young women. Please join us in celebrating Dora’s progress and our joyful hope for her future.

Exciting News
Its official! We received the results and we finished in 2nd place! Thank you so much to all of our dedicated voters who voted each day and rallied their friends. Our prize is a $25,000 media package as well as a mention in the AZ Foothills Magazine as the runner up for Nonprofit of the Year. We are even more excited for next year! We're coming for FIRST PLACE!
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.
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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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