Blog
img04









Turning Trash into Treasure

December 15, 2015 No Comments 1

Every year in early July, just as the summer heat has taken ahold of the Valley, the winds shift and monsoon season begins. Each afternoon, we look out to the east looking for clouds to come and give us respite from the blazing sun. The first few showers are welcome and the thunder and lightning are exciting, but by mid-July the washes fill fast, storms rage through the night, and the Valley wakes up to trees strewn across front yards and driveways. The storms bring much needed refreshment to the desert, but they also destroy large, proud trees in neighborhoods across the Valley. But in the hands of a craftsman, these fallen urban trees can be redeemed from being waste and made into something beautiful. If you’ve ever woken up to a tree laying down in the front yard, you’ll know the sort of panic it brings. Most of us don’t own a chainsaw, much less the crane needed to lift tons of dead wood. It’s no wonder that when the trees we live around come down for one reason or another they end up in a landfill. They’re a resource we simply don’t seem to know how to use properly. felled1 Across the Valley, and the country as a whole, there’s a group of people who see potential in these trees. Where many see a problem to be discarded as quickly as possible, they see a treasure to be stewarded. It’s a theme of redemption that seems to unite them, a celebration of new life saved from inevitable destruction. As many as three or four billion board feet of trees are put into landfills each year. As more and more people begin to take notice of these fallen trees, a new story has begun...

Every year in early July, just as the summer heat has taken ahold of the Valley, the winds shift and monsoon season begins. Each afternoon, we look out to the east looking for clouds to come and give us respite from the blazing sun. The first few showers are welcome and the thunder and lightning are exciting, but by mid-July the washes fill fast, storms rage through the night, and the Valley wakes up to trees strewn across front yards and driveways. The storms bring much needed refreshment to the desert, but they also destroy large, proud trees in neighborhoods across the Valley. But in the hands of a craftsman, these fallen urban trees can be redeemed from being waste and made into something beautiful. If you’ve ever woken up to a tree laying down in the front yard, you’ll know the sort of panic it brings. Most of us don’t own a chainsaw, much less the crane needed to lift tons of dead wood. It’s no wonder that when the trees we live around come down for one reason or another they end up in a landfill. They’re a resource we simply don’t seem to know how to use properly.

Every year in early July, just as the summer heat has taken ahold of the Valley, the winds shift and monsoon season begins. Each afternoon, we look out to the east looking for clouds to come and give us respite from the blazing sun. The first few showers are welcome and the thunder and lightning are exciting, but by mid-July the washes fill fast, storms rage through the night, and the Valley wakes up to trees strewn across front yards and driveways. The storms bring much needed refreshment to the desert, but they also destroy large, proud trees in neighborhoods...

Every year in early July, just as the summer heat has taken ahold of the Valley, the winds shift and monsoon season begins. Each afternoon, we look out to the east looking for clouds to come and give us respite from the blazing sun. The first few showers are welcome...

Every year in early July, just as the summer heat has taken ahold of the Valley, the winds shift and monsoon season begins. Each afternoon,...

Every year in early July, just as the summer heat has taken ahold of the Valley, the winds shift and monsoon season begins. Each afternoon, we look out to the east looking for clouds to come and give us respite from the blazing sun. The first few showers are welcome and the thunder and lightning are exciting, but by mid-July the washes fill fast, storms rage through the night, and the Valley wakes up to trees strewn across front yards and driveways. The storms bring much needed refreshment to the desert, but they also destroy large, proud trees in neighborhoods...

Read More
img04









Speaking Up About Domestic Violence

December 8, 2015 No Comments 1

Increasing awareness helps to combat domestic violence, but in light of conflicting views offered by statistics and anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to tell if the issue has grown or gotten smaller. Following Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Brenda Nichols of Arizona Department of Health Services said awareness is the first priority. Nichols manages the High Risk Perinatal and Newborn Intensive Care programs at AZDHS, but directed the domestic violence prevention program previously. “Before we started domestic violence shelters, people just lived with it and they didn’t talk about it,” Nichols noted. “What stayed at home stayed at home, and obviously that’s not the case anymore.” Erin Callinan is the training and technical assistance manager at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. “It creates an opportunity for the community to come together and say you don’t deserve to be abused; help is available,” she said of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The training Callinan manages, she said, covers topics from crisis intervention to abuse in later life to the legal issues that arise from abuse. ACESDV training has been delivered to 3,940 people in the last year, a number that has been increasing constantly, Callinan stated. The awareness of existing services for victims is also increasing, as shown in a report by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. There were 2,615 phone, chat, and other contacts with the hotline in Arizona from January to June 2015, while 79,038 contacts were made nationally. The state is ranked eighth in terms of contact volume. Callinan noted that domestic violence statistics are affected by a number of variables. Underreporting due to inaccessibility of services and fluctuating funding influence the numbers downward, she said. Increased reporting by way of additional awareness, stricter laws regarding domestic violence, and more arrests, Callinan added, make it appear that the number of domestic violence cases...

Increasing awareness helps to combat domestic violence, but in light of conflicting views offered by statistics and anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to tell if the issue has grown or gotten smaller. Following Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Brenda Nichols of Arizona Department of Health Services said awareness is the first priority. Nichols manages the High Risk Perinatal and Newborn Intensive Care programs at AZDHS, but directed the domestic violence prevention program previously. “Before we started domestic violence shelters, people just lived with it and they didn’t talk about it,” Nichols noted. “What stayed at home stayed at home, and obviously that’s not the case anymore.” Erin Callinan is the training and technical assistance manager at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. “It creates an opportunity for the community to come together and say you don’t deserve to be abused; help is available,” she said of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The training Callinan manages, she said, covers topics from crisis intervention to abuse in later life to the legal issues that arise from abuse. ACESDV training has been delivered to 3,940 people in the last year, a number that has been increasing constantly, Callinan stated. The awareness of existing services for victims is...

Increasing awareness helps to combat domestic violence, but in light of conflicting views offered by statistics and anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to tell if the issue has grown or gotten smaller. Following Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Brenda Nichols of Arizona Department of Health Services said awareness is the first priority. Nichols manages the High Risk Perinatal and Newborn Intensive Care programs at AZDHS, but directed the domestic violence prevention program previously. “Before we started domestic violence shelters, people just lived with it and they didn’t talk about it,” Nichols noted. “What stayed at home stayed at home, and obviously that’s...

Increasing awareness helps to combat domestic violence, but in light of conflicting views offered by statistics and anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to tell if the issue has grown or gotten smaller. Following Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Brenda Nichols of Arizona Department of Health Services said awareness is the first...

Increasing awareness helps to combat domestic violence, but in light of conflicting views offered by statistics and anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to tell if the...

Increasing awareness helps to combat domestic violence, but in light of conflicting views offered by statistics and anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to tell if the issue has grown or gotten smaller. Following Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Brenda Nichols of Arizona Department of Health Services said awareness is the first priority. Nichols manages the High Risk Perinatal and Newborn Intensive Care programs at AZDHS, but directed the domestic violence prevention program previously. “Before we started domestic violence shelters, people just lived with it and they didn’t talk about it,” Nichols noted. “What stayed at home stayed at home, and obviously that’s...

Read More
img04









Winning with Disabilities

December 7, 2015 No Comments 0

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and congratulated the Phoenix Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their championship victory. From now on in Phoenix, December 3 will be recognized as the international day initially created by the United Nations to promote inclusion and empowerment of disabled people. Taking this to heart, Stanton spoke on the importance of accessibility and empowerment for disabled people and congratulated the Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their win at this year’s USA Hockey Sled Classic in Miami. “We continue to fight to make our city better for everyone, but we have more work to do,” said Stanton at the event at the CityScape Holiday Ice Rink in downtown Phoenix on Thursday. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was created by the UN in 1992 to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion and empowerment of disabled people around the world. The UN encourages governments, communities, and organizations around the world to organize events to commemorate the day. The theme for this year’s day is “inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities,” according to the UN website. Stanton took the opportunity to meet with and congratulate the Coyotes Sled Hockey team’s championship victory as well. “While our Arizona Coyotes hockey team has not yet brought home the Stanley Cup, our Arizona Coyotes sled team did win the 2015 USA Sled Classic,” Stanton said. Stanton went on to call the team “hometown heroes.” The team won the final game in the national championship on November 22, beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-0. The victory was the team’s first national championship win, said Guido Schmid, a forward for the Coyotes. “When I go to the national mayor’s conference meeting, I can say definitively that my sled hockey team is better than yours,” Stanton said. Sled hockey is...

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and congratulated the Phoenix Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their championship victory. From now on in Phoenix, December 3 will be recognized as the international day initially created by the United Nations to promote inclusion and empowerment of disabled people. Taking this to heart, Stanton spoke on the importance of accessibility and empowerment for disabled people and congratulated the Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their win at this year’s USA Hockey Sled Classic in Miami. “We continue to fight to make our city better for everyone, but we have more work to do,” said Stanton at the event at the CityScape Holiday Ice Rink in downtown Phoenix on Thursday. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was created by the UN in 1992 to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion and empowerment of disabled people around the world. The UN encourages governments, communities, and organizations around the world to organize events to commemorate the day. The theme for this year’s day is “inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities,” according to the UN website. Stanton took the opportunity to meet with and congratulate the Coyotes Sled Hockey...

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and congratulated the Phoenix Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their championship victory. From now on in Phoenix, December 3 will be recognized as the international day initially created by the United Nations to promote inclusion and empowerment of disabled people. Taking this to heart, Stanton spoke on the importance of accessibility and empowerment for disabled people and congratulated the Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their win at this year’s USA Hockey Sled Classic in Miami. “We continue to fight to make our city better for everyone, but we have...

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and congratulated the Phoenix Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their championship victory. From now on in Phoenix, December 3 will be recognized as the international day initially created by the United Nations to promote inclusion and empowerment of...

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and congratulated the Phoenix Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their championship victory. From...

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and congratulated the Phoenix Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their championship victory. From now on in Phoenix, December 3 will be recognized as the international day initially created by the United Nations to promote inclusion and empowerment of disabled people. Taking this to heart, Stanton spoke on the importance of accessibility and empowerment for disabled people and congratulated the Coyotes Sled Hockey team on their win at this year’s USA Hockey Sled Classic in Miami. “We continue to fight to make our city better for everyone, but we have...

Read More
img04









11 Ways to Love Our Neighbors this Christmas

December 5, 2015 No Comments 4

It’s the holiday season, and during this time of year you may find yourself thinking, “I would really like to do something for someone in need.” Or, “I want to find an opportunity for my family to serve together.” Often we succumb to the “paralysis of analysis” and end up doing nothing because we don’t know where to begin. Yet Christmas is a challenging time for people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. Christmas gifts, a home-cooked holiday meal, or simply quality time with others are luxuries when you are in day-in and day-out survival mode. There is much impact we can have, with whatever resources we can give, to make 2015 a memorable and meaningful holiday season for those around us. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of deserving organizations that are doing good and beautiful things in Phoenix – true to the mission of Flourish Phoenix. There is still plenty of time to sign up to serve with one of these ten worthy causes, whether it’s by yourself, with your office or together with your family. Pick a mission that aligns to your interests and speaks to your heart. It is our hope that your experience will start a long-term volunteer relationship that will bless you, and others, throughout the year.   Arizona Helping Hands Arizona Helping Hands (AHH) assists foster families who have stepped up to provide a safe, loving environment for children in the Department of Child Safety system. Their programs are designed to provide many basic needs for these boys and girls, including items like cribs and beds. Arizona Helping Hands will provide toys this year to over 22,000 children in Arizona.  The majority of toys are given "behind the scenes" to churches, schools and other non-profits.  Major recipients included the Department of Child Safety, whose toy...

It’s the holiday season, and during this time of year you may find yourself thinking, “I would really like to do something for someone in need.” Or, “I want to find an opportunity for my family to serve together.” Often we succumb to the “paralysis of analysis” and end up doing nothing because we don’t know where to begin. Yet Christmas is a challenging time for people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. Christmas gifts, a home-cooked holiday meal, or simply quality time with others are luxuries when you are in day-in and day-out survival mode. There is much impact we can have, with whatever resources we can give, to make 2015 a memorable and meaningful holiday season for those around us. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of deserving organizations that are doing good and beautiful things in Phoenix – true to the mission of Flourish Phoenix. There is still plenty of time to sign up to serve with one of these ten worthy causes, whether it’s by yourself, with your office or together with your family. Pick a mission that aligns to your interests and speaks to your heart. It is our hope that your experience...

It’s the holiday season, and during this time of year you may find yourself thinking, “I would really like to do something for someone in need.” Or, “I want to find an opportunity for my family to serve together.” Often we succumb to the “paralysis of analysis” and end up doing nothing because we don’t know where to begin. Yet Christmas is a challenging time for people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. Christmas gifts, a home-cooked holiday meal, or simply quality time with others are luxuries when you are in day-in and day-out survival mode. There...

It’s the holiday season, and during this time of year you may find yourself thinking, “I would really like to do something for someone in need.” Or, “I want to find an opportunity for my family to serve together.” Often we succumb to the “paralysis of analysis” and end up...

It’s the holiday season, and during this time of year you may find yourself thinking, “I would really like to do something for someone in...

It’s the holiday season, and during this time of year you may find yourself thinking, “I would really like to do something for someone in need.” Or, “I want to find an opportunity for my family to serve together.” Often we succumb to the “paralysis of analysis” and end up doing nothing because we don’t know where to begin. Yet Christmas is a challenging time for people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. Christmas gifts, a home-cooked holiday meal, or simply quality time with others are luxuries when you are in day-in and day-out survival mode. There...

Read More
img04









For the Health of the Young

November 23, 2015 No Comments 1

Cover Arizona, a coalition of over 900 community and statewide organizations, is holding a series of informational events to encourage all Arizonans to enroll in the health insurance marketplace, which opened November 1. The group’s goal is to get the entire state insured. Cover Arizona and its members have been holding events to educate the public, especially “hard-to-reach” populations, on health care rights and options, said David Aguirre, chair of communications. He said these populations include minorities, the LGBT community, and young adults, especially college students. “[Young adults] feel like they’re young, strong, and they’re not going to get sick, so therefore they don’t need health insurance,” said Aguirre. “It’s a little hard to get them to really focus on getting health insurance because they are healthy.” The group sets up tables at locations targeting these populations, including Phoenix College recently, in hopes of getting people interested in enrolling in the marketplace. It will continue to hold events until the open enrollment period ends on January 31. Diane Brown, executive director of Cover Arizona member Arizona Public Interest Research Group, said that through tabling, social media, and class announcements, thousands of Phoenix College students and members of the community will know how to enroll in a health insurance plan by the end of the week. Gary Maloy - GCC Student Talking with Enrollment Assister “Young adults have historically been the most uninsured Arizonans,” said Brown. “The Arizona PIRG Education Fund has been working with community colleges across the state to help young adults know their health insurance options and rights.” She said the group is trying to raise the number of insured young adults by providing literature on rights and plan options, as well as a checklist of documents needed for an individual to enroll, such as a social...

Cover Arizona, a coalition of over 900 community and statewide organizations, is holding a series of informational events to encourage all Arizonans to enroll in the health insurance marketplace, which opened November 1. The group’s goal is to get the entire state insured. Cover Arizona and its members have been holding events to educate the public, especially “hard-to-reach” populations, on health care rights and options, said David Aguirre, chair of communications. He said these populations include minorities, the LGBT community, and young adults, especially college students. “[Young adults] feel like they’re young, strong, and they’re not going to get sick, so therefore they don’t need health insurance,” said Aguirre. “It’s a little hard to get them to really focus on getting health insurance because they are healthy.” The group sets up tables at locations targeting these populations, including Phoenix College recently, in hopes of getting people interested in enrolling in the marketplace. It will continue to hold events until the open enrollment period ends on January 31. Diane Brown, executive director of Cover Arizona member Arizona Public Interest Research Group, said that through tabling, social media, and class announcements, thousands of Phoenix College students and members of the community will know how to enroll...

Cover Arizona, a coalition of over 900 community and statewide organizations, is holding a series of informational events to encourage all Arizonans to enroll in the health insurance marketplace, which opened November 1. The group’s goal is to get the entire state insured. Cover Arizona and its members have been holding events to educate the public, especially “hard-to-reach” populations, on health care rights and options, said David Aguirre, chair of communications. He said these populations include minorities, the LGBT community, and young adults, especially college students. “[Young adults] feel like they’re young, strong, and they’re not going to get sick, so therefore...

Cover Arizona, a coalition of over 900 community and statewide organizations, is holding a series of informational events to encourage all Arizonans to enroll in the health insurance marketplace, which opened November 1. The group’s goal is to get the entire state insured. Cover Arizona and its members have been holding...

Cover Arizona, a coalition of over 900 community and statewide organizations, is holding a series of informational events to encourage all Arizonans to enroll in...

Cover Arizona, a coalition of over 900 community and statewide organizations, is holding a series of informational events to encourage all Arizonans to enroll in the health insurance marketplace, which opened November 1. The group’s goal is to get the entire state insured. Cover Arizona and its members have been holding events to educate the public, especially “hard-to-reach” populations, on health care rights and options, said David Aguirre, chair of communications. He said these populations include minorities, the LGBT community, and young adults, especially college students. “[Young adults] feel like they’re young, strong, and they’re not going to get sick, so therefore...

Read More
img04









Restoring Our Obligation to Protect the Weak

November 18, 2015 No Comments 3

A 2010 study published by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association found that in the United States, those with severe mental illnesses are "three times more likely to be in jail or prison than in a psychiatric hospital" and that "40 percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been in jail or prison at some time in their lives." This heightened risk of incarceration is just one of the indicators that those with serious mental illnesses are among the most vulnerable members of our communities. Tremendous isolation is also a routine experience for the mentally ill, who are often more regarded as projects to be solved than as people with inherent dignity and worth. "If societies are judged by how they treat their most disabled members," says Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a research psychiatrist who contributed to the study, "our society will be judged harshly indeed." Deborah Geesling, the president of P82 Project Restoration, has decided to do something about it. Based in the East Valley, the organization has set out to build a home where those who suffer from serious mental illness can receive the support and personalized treatment they need over the long term in a context of dignity and care. Here is our recent interview. Flourish Phoenix: I know that mental health has become a personal issue for you, not some abstract cause. Could you tell us what led you to start P82 Project Restoration? Deborah Geesling: My husband and I have four sons. Our third son has a very serious mental illness. Our entire family has been impacted as we watched this unyielding brain disease develop and the ensuing suffering our son has endured. He also lacks insight into his illness, a condition known as anosognosia, which makes it even more difficult to obtain the appropriate treatment, care, and support. Through advocating for our son for...

A 2010 study published by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association found that in the United States, those with severe mental illnesses are "three times more likely to be in jail or prison than in a psychiatric hospital" and that "40 percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been in jail or prison at some time in their lives." This heightened risk of incarceration is just one of the indicators that those with serious mental illnesses are among the most vulnerable members of our communities. Tremendous isolation is also a routine experience for the mentally ill, who are often more regarded as projects to be solved than as people with inherent dignity and worth. "If societies are judged by how they treat their most disabled members," says Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a research psychiatrist who contributed to the study, "our society will be judged harshly indeed." Deborah Geesling, the president of P82 Project Restoration, has decided to do something about it. Based in the East Valley, the organization has set out to build a home where those who suffer from serious mental illness can receive the support and personalized treatment they need over the long term in a context of dignity and care. Here is our recent...

A 2010 study published by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association found that in the United States, those with severe mental illnesses are "three times more likely to be in jail or prison than in a psychiatric hospital" and that "40 percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been in jail or prison at some time in their lives." This heightened risk of incarceration is just one of the indicators that those with serious mental illnesses are among the most vulnerable members of our communities. Tremendous isolation is also a routine experience for the mentally ill, who are often more regarded as...

A 2010 study published by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association found that in the United States, those with severe mental illnesses are "three times more likely to be in jail or prison than in a psychiatric hospital" and that "40 percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been...

A 2010 study published by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association found that in the United States, those with severe mental illnesses are "three times...

A 2010 study published by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association found that in the United States, those with severe mental illnesses are "three times more likely to be in jail or prison than in a psychiatric hospital" and that "40 percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been in jail or prison at some time in their lives." This heightened risk of incarceration is just one of the indicators that those with serious mental illnesses are among the most vulnerable members of our communities. Tremendous isolation is also a routine experience for the mentally ill, who are often more regarded as...

Read More
img04









The Scarlet Cord – An Update

September 24, 2015 No Comments 1

Many of you will remember that earlier this year we published an in-depth interview with Pamela Alderman, the award-winning artist behind the installation "The Scarlet Cord." The exhibit was in Phoenix during the Super Bowl festivities downtown, and was sponsored by StreetlightUSA. A film crew was on hand during that time, filming the reactions of people as they experienced the exhibit. A short film about the installation opened last week at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, as reported by mlive.com. You can learn more about Pamela Alderman and "The Scarlet Cord" here. The trailer for the film is...

Many of you will remember that earlier this year we published an in-depth interview with Pamela Alderman, the award-winning artist behind the installation "The Scarlet Cord." The exhibit was in Phoenix during the Super Bowl festivities downtown, and was sponsored by StreetlightUSA. A film crew was on hand during that time, filming the reactions of people as they experienced the exhibit. A short film about the installation opened last week at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, as reported by mlive.com. You can learn more about Pamela Alderman and "The Scarlet Cord" here. The trailer for the film is...

Many of you will remember that earlier this year we published an in-depth interview with Pamela Alderman, the award-winning artist behind the installation "The Scarlet Cord." The exhibit was in Phoenix during the Super Bowl festivities downtown, and was sponsored by StreetlightUSA. A film crew was on hand during that time, filming the reactions of people as they experienced the exhibit. A short film about the installation opened last week at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, as reported by mlive.com. You can learn more about Pamela Alderman and "The Scarlet Cord" here. The trailer for the film is...

Many of you will remember that earlier this year we published an in-depth interview with Pamela Alderman, the award-winning artist behind the installation "The Scarlet Cord." The exhibit was in Phoenix during the Super Bowl festivities downtown, and was sponsored by StreetlightUSA. A film crew was on hand during that time, filming the...

Many of you will remember that earlier this year we published an in-depth interview with Pamela Alderman, the award-winning artist behind the installation "The Scarlet Cord."...

Many of you will remember that earlier this year we published an in-depth interview with Pamela Alderman, the award-winning artist behind the installation "The Scarlet Cord." The exhibit was in Phoenix during the Super Bowl festivities downtown, and was sponsored by StreetlightUSA. A film crew was on hand during that time, filming the reactions of people as they experienced the exhibit. A short film about the installation opened last week at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, as reported by mlive.com. You can learn more about Pamela Alderman and "The Scarlet Cord" here. The trailer for the film is...

Read More
img04









Community Transformation in Guadalupe

August 11, 2015 No Comments 2

A year or so ago we published an interview with Jeff Bisgrove of Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, focused on community development work underway in Guadalupe. We thought it would be a good time to check in again and see what’s happened in the meantime. Our editor Tim Hoiland sat down down with Marina Gonzales, a local leader in Guadalupe who runs the Guadalupe Learning Lab at El Mercado de Guadalupe. The learning lab's fall program begins this week. Flourish Phoenix: How do you see the work of the Guadalupe Learning Lab becoming more and more community owned? Marina Gonzales: When we started, parents would just drop off their kids. Sometimes, not even that. If they saw my car in the parking lot they knew I was here so they’d just drop them off outside and the kids would run in. Now, the parents walk their kids in here. They stop and talk for a little bit. We recently had an end-of-the-summer party and all the parents were here, cooking food, bringing snacks. They want to be here to see what their kids have been doing. Some of the parents are also helping to transport the kids when we have field trips, and they’re paying for them to go. And they’re willing to do it. When they come with us to places like Skateland or the museum, they don’t just drop us off – they stay the whole time. All of this means they’re interacting a lot more with our program. guadalupelab1 FP: What do you think is the biggest way this work is benefiting Guadalupe? MG: The biggest thing is helping our kids get through school, getting them the education they need. When they get older they’ll need that education. Without it, they’re going to have a hard life. Less than half...

A year or so ago we published an interview with Jeff Bisgrove of Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, focused on community development work underway in Guadalupe. We thought it would be a good time to check in again and see what’s happened in the meantime. Our editor Tim Hoiland sat down down with Marina Gonzales, a local leader in Guadalupe who runs the Guadalupe Learning Lab at El Mercado de Guadalupe. The learning lab's fall program begins this week. Flourish Phoenix: How do you see the work of the Guadalupe Learning Lab becoming more and more community owned? Marina Gonzales: When we started, parents would just drop off their kids. Sometimes, not even that. If they saw my car in the parking lot they knew I was here so they’d just drop them off outside and the kids would run in. Now, the parents walk their kids in here. They stop and talk for a little bit. We recently had an end-of-the-summer party and all the parents were here, cooking food, bringing snacks. They want to be here to see what their kids have been doing. Some of the parents are also helping to transport the kids when we have field trips, and they’re paying for...

A year or so ago we published an interview with Jeff Bisgrove of Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, focused on community development work underway in Guadalupe. We thought it would be a good time to check in again and see what’s happened in the meantime. Our editor Tim Hoiland sat down down with Marina Gonzales, a local leader in Guadalupe who runs the Guadalupe Learning Lab at El Mercado de Guadalupe. The learning lab's fall program begins this week. Flourish Phoenix: How do you see the work of the Guadalupe Learning Lab becoming more and more community owned? Marina Gonzales: When we started, parents would...

A year or so ago we published an interview with Jeff Bisgrove of Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, focused on community development work underway in Guadalupe. We thought it would be a good time to check in again and see what’s happened in the meantime. Our editor Tim Hoiland sat down down with...

A year or so ago we published an interview with Jeff Bisgrove of Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, focused on community development work underway in Guadalupe. We...

A year or so ago we published an interview with Jeff Bisgrove of Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, focused on community development work underway in Guadalupe. We thought it would be a good time to check in again and see what’s happened in the meantime. Our editor Tim Hoiland sat down down with Marina Gonzales, a local leader in Guadalupe who runs the Guadalupe Learning Lab at El Mercado de Guadalupe. The learning lab's fall program begins this week. Flourish Phoenix: How do you see the work of the Guadalupe Learning Lab becoming more and more community owned? Marina Gonzales: When we started, parents would...

Read More
img04









Discovering Treasures 4 Teachers

July 20, 2015 No Comments 3

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had been her dream to start an organization similar to the Resource Area for Teaching when she moved to Arizona and found the educational system without much-needed supplies. She started collecting items in her garage to distribute to classrooms she worked with but after a six-month battle with valley fever she found herself without a job. After much contemplation, Barbara decided to take the advice of her husband and finally make her dream a reality. In 2005, she started Treasures 4 Teachers. Treasures(13of27) Treasures 4 Teachers is a store that provides school supplies to teachers at little or no cost. The store overflows with donations from various businesses and individuals throughout metro Phoenix. At first glance, the store seems to be a collection of unwanted goods – bags full of plastic beans, stacks of dull containers, bins full of scrap canvases, and an additional 12,000 square feet of similar trinkets. It is obvious what the organization wants to do, but how does all this stuff work in the classroom? With Barbara’s insight, the items magically transform from plastic beans to a rain stick, from dull containers to cubby boxes, from scrap canvases to painted murals. “Many...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had been her dream to start an organization similar to the Resource Area for Teaching when she moved to Arizona and found the educational system without much-needed supplies. She started collecting items in her garage to distribute to classrooms she worked with but after a six-month battle with valley fever she found herself without a job. After much contemplation, Barbara decided to take the advice of her husband and finally make her dream a reality. In 2005, she started Treasures 4 Teachers. Treasures(13of27) Treasures 4 Teachers is a store that provides school supplies to teachers...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection...

My discovery started with a friend’s Facebook post. She was offering her empty coffee canister to anyone who wanted it. Laden with my own collection of containers, I read through responses interested to find a solution for my own unable-to-recycle infant formula cans. One response caught my attention: Treasures 4 Teachers. Curious, I sought out more information about the organization. The more I learned, the more I wanted to get involved. I wanted to talk with the founder, see the store, and tell others about it. Treasures 4 Teachers was founded by Barbara Blalock, an energetic and tenacious woman. It had...

Read More
img04









A Strange June

June 25, 2015 No Comments 3

Complaints of the cruel summer to come have certainly come. And come hard. We’re now more than ankle deep in those triple digit temperatures we've come to know and love. But I remember an easier time. A time when the mornings and evenings were still bearable. A time when the Earth loved us a little more. A time... like, two weeks ago. Way back when I was considering which movies would keep me cool during the summer months, whether they be new documentaries at FilmBar or old classics to check out from the library. Ohh, those were the days. But it has been a strange June. Hasn't it? Below normal temperatures during the first part of the month and above normal temperatures during the latter. Well, that all just balances everything out so very comfortably, doesn’t it? Ha! So I will hearken back to the first part of the month... A time when the lack of natural light made it seem more like Seattle than the Sonoran Desert, leaving a few glorious, scattered sun-drenched rainstorms. A record rainfall on June 5! OK, the ONLY rainfall recorded on that day. Ever. So what if it wasn’t even two-tenths of an inch. But still, hey, maybe that would be a sign of unseasonably cool temps to come! Maybe it will be a mild one! Maybe this summer won't be so bad! Ha! haldiman-3 So by a week into June, I knew I'd better hedge my bets and enjoy our fine city it while I could, before the major league temps started setting in. Bring on the bike riding! Me and my mind on two wheels along canals and sidewalks, middle class and under middle class, strip clubs and strip malls. Ohh say, 12th Street between Camelback and Osborn roads. haldiman-2 Now, that's one area...

Complaints of the cruel summer to come have certainly come. And come hard. We’re now more than ankle deep in those triple digit temperatures we've come to know and love. But I remember an easier time. A time when the mornings and evenings were still bearable. A time when the Earth loved us a little more. A time... like, two weeks ago. Way back when I was considering which movies would keep me cool during the summer months, whether they be new documentaries at FilmBar or old classics to check out from the library. Ohh, those were the days. But it has been a strange June. Hasn't it? Below normal temperatures during the first part of the month and above normal temperatures during the latter. Well, that all just balances everything out so very comfortably, doesn’t it? Ha! So I will hearken back to the first part of the month... A time when the lack of natural light made it seem more like Seattle than the Sonoran Desert, leaving a few glorious, scattered sun-drenched rainstorms. A record rainfall on June 5! OK, the ONLY rainfall recorded on that day. Ever. So what if it wasn’t even two-tenths of an inch. But still, hey, maybe that would be a sign of...

Complaints of the cruel summer to come have certainly come. And come hard. We’re now more than ankle deep in those triple digit temperatures we've come to know and love. But I remember an easier time. A time when the mornings and evenings were still bearable. A time when the Earth loved us a little more. A time... like, two weeks ago. Way back when I was considering which movies would keep me cool during the summer months, whether they be new documentaries at FilmBar or old classics to check out from the library. Ohh, those were the days. But it has been a strange June....

Complaints of the cruel summer to come have certainly come. And come hard. We’re now more than ankle deep in those triple digit temperatures we've come to know and love. But I remember an easier time. A time when the mornings and evenings were still bearable. A time when the Earth loved us a...

Complaints of the cruel summer to come have certainly come. And come hard. We’re now more than ankle deep in those triple digit temperatures we've come to...

Complaints of the cruel summer to come have certainly come. And come hard. We’re now more than ankle deep in those triple digit temperatures we've come to know and love. But I remember an easier time. A time when the mornings and evenings were still bearable. A time when the Earth loved us a little more. A time... like, two weeks ago. Way back when I was considering which movies would keep me cool during the summer months, whether they be new documentaries at FilmBar or old classics to check out from the library. Ohh, those were the days. But it has been a strange June....

Read More