For those who hadn't seen the BFCS Family Service Center in a while, a late October 2015 evening was full of exciting surprises, as the agency hosted a Community Open House event. Agency leaders, staff and even some of the students at the Right Track After School Program proudly conducted tours of the newly updated facilities. Guests were led through freshly carpeted and repainted hallways to view state of the art technology in refurbished classrooms and meeting rooms, while enjoying a variety of gourmet foods throughout the evening.
Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals made the 2008 holiday season a happier time of year for 250 children at the Black Family and Child Services office building in December. As host of a "Very Merry Larry Fitzgerald Christmas" party, Larry generously provided gifts and a fully-catered meal to the children and families in attendance. Also appearing were Cardinals Mascot, Big Red, and a magician who entertained the children until Larry magically appeared, signed autographs and posed for pictures with the kids.
Great-grandmother Sarah Coleman celebrates her new dentures every day
Following an article in the July 10, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal, a 67 year-old great-grandmother and client of Black Family and Child Services (BFCS) found herself to be the recipient of life-changing dental work that was made possible by generous cash contributions to the agency.
Mrs. Coleman's Story
The story described a sobering situation affecting thousands of families nationwide—elderly grandparents and great-grandparents who are saddled with caring for the young children of parents who have disappeared, or who are spending time in prison. Ms Coleman is caring for the three young children of her granddaughter. Their mother is struggling to earn a living and cannot care for the kids full-time. The children's fathers are in prison. Her limited fixed income and willingness to care for her great-grandchildren had compromised her ability to care for herself. There just wasn't any money left over to pay for the substantial amount of dental work that she needed, or the purchase of new dentures. "I just wanted to eat again," said Ms Coleman.
Support Comes from Donars Nationwide
When the article was published in the Wall Street Journal, life as she had known it had changed forever.
Mary Black, president and CEO of BFCS began receiving calls from generous donors from across the country. Many donors sent hundreds of dollars and wished to remain anonymous to be able to help Ms Coleman receive the dental care that she desperately needed.
It took many months to complete the process, but today, Ms. Coleman is proud of her new smile, and she has a new outlook on life. "I thank God daily for my new teeth. This has truly changed my life for the better," she says.
"Sarah's overall health has greatly improved," said Dr. Sprigner. "Now she receives all the proper nutrition that she needs because she can chew her food properly."
"I used to only be able to eat soft and blended foods because it hurt to chew, but now I can eat anything and I want to thank all of the generous individuals who made this possible," Ms Coleman added.
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You Can Make a Difference
Your donation to Black Family and Child Services can make a difference in the life of someone like Ms. Coleman.
"There are thousands of grandparents on fixed incomes in the Phoenix area that need help—just like Ms Coleman," said Ms Black. "If you can make even a small donation, it will change the quality of life for a deserving family."
To donate today, click on the Donate Now tab or send your check to:
Black Family and Child Services of Arizona
1522 East Southern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85040