2018 Grant Recipients

7th Year Grant-$15,000

Agency Background:  Our Family Services began as a Family Counseling Agency in 1953, and today is a blended family of nonprofit organizations and services that have joined together over time to better serve the Tucson community. Our Family is built around two program areas: “New Beginnings” and “Strong Communities”. “New Beginning’s” programs offer crisis assistance and opportunities to build new lives for homeless children, youth and families. “Strong Communities” helps at-risk children choose healthy behaviors.  In 2015 Our Family provided direct care services to more than 5,933 individuals in Pima County.

Focus of 2018 Grant: Older youth, ages 18-24, have distinct needs from their teenage peers. Our Family responds accordingly by providing tailored services that promote independent living.  Based on each youth’s unique needs, Our Family provides rent and utility assistance, intensive case management, access to counseling with a licensed therapist, life skills training, assistance locating job training and employment, and educational support. We use a best-practice scattered site model of housing, leasing apartments in the community, and placing youth in those apartments on an emergency basis. This allows youth and families to choose housing near school, work, and other supportive environments. As they obtain jobs and are able to begin paying their expenses, Our Family steps down its financial support. When youth are ready, Our Family transitions apartments into their names, allowing greater independence and preparing them for long-term self-sufficiency. Throughout this process, case managers provide weekly support and assistance helping youth connect to other community services, make progress on individual goals, and address unexpected challenges to their long-term success.

Measurable ResultsOur Family anticipates helping more than 500 children, teens, and young adults escape homelessness through our Homeless Youth Services programs this year each of these programs offers services that support self-sufficiency, preparedness for independent living, and stability; the primary measure of their success is the ability of the young person to obtain and maintain safe, stable, and permanent housing. In the coming year, we expect to achieve the following primary outcomes through our Homeless Youth Services:

  • 80% of the teens served by Out Family’s Reunion House Shelter will transition to safe and stable homes.
  • 75% of the homeless youth served through Our Family’s Transition and Rapid Rehousing programs for youth, young parents, and victims of human trafficking will transition to permanent housing.

 Contact: Jason Thorpe, Grants and Contract Manager thorpe@ourfamilyservices.org