Furnishing dignity transforms lives through community, compassion and essential home furnishings. A life-long volunteer, Anita has worked with non-profit organizations in the Phoenix area since 2006. She has served church, school and the greater community in various volunteer capacities. Her service here in Phoenix has primarily aided St. John Bosco Catholic School, St. Benedict Parish, Seton Catholic High School and the Boy Scouts of America. Anita was recruited by another amazing volunteer, Joyce Petrowski, when she first started helping homeless individuals with furnishings (people she met when she volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul serving food). Eventually, Joyce started the nonprofit with Anita’s help. She inspires me daily with her selflessness and mission to serve others in the community. She is truly compassionate to all families and individuals she serves and assists them in making a house-a HOME. – Melissa Leathers, Save the Family
Save the Family equips families to address poverty, overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. Melissa is currently working as a Case Manager for Save the Family’s Rapid Re-housing program. She is very knowledgeable with regards to assisting families in locating and maintaining housing. She has proven to be very insightful in identifying and addressing underlying issues that are sometimes at the root of a family’s housing instabilities. She has also gone out of her way on a number of occasions to share resources and information with our staff that allow us to improve our services. I am sure she has done so with other agencies/service providers as well. I am grateful for the opportunity to nominate her and have her recognized as a “Do-Gooder”! – Brent Babb, Salvation Army
I am honored to nominate Brent Babb as a Do-Gooder here in Arizona. Brent has been instrumental in Arizona’s efforts to outreach to the homeless. He is passionate about ending homelessness while providing dignifying service. At the Salvation Army, Brent leads a team that provides outreach to those currently living on the streets or in their vehicles. He is resourceful and determined to help every person he interacts with. I have witnessed Brent’s diligence in advocating for clients to receive the best possible treatment and resources, even working to convince the client of their own worth. Clients value Brent’s authentic empathy and appreciate how Brent follows a client beyond his program, conveying a willingness to support any person to achieve stability. – Daniel Davis, UMOM New Day Centers
UMOM restores hope and rebuilds lives by providing shelter, services and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness. We at MST Solutions recently had the opportunity to work with Daniel while setting up workforce readiness workshop sessions at UMOM New Day Centers in collaboration with our internally-built outreach program, The KIND Project. Within the first few minutes of speaking with Daniel, his passion for the work he was doing with UMOM and the community was overwhelmingly apparent. He lit up when he talked about the residents at UMOM and the growth he has witnessed. Daniel is the epitome of compassion, acceptance and understanding and we can all aspire to see the world and everyone in it through Daniel’s eyes. – Ken Costello, MST Solutions
The Joy Bus Diner is a 100% nonprofit restaurant helping to make our Valley a happier place. Manager, Lisa Coughlin, personifies the word DoGooder! If you folks don’t already know about this amazing cause, the every cent earned from the diner supports the Joy Bus, delivering chef-created meals and caring conversations to cancer patients Valley-wide since 2011. Millions of cancer patients are left to fend for themselves during this turning point in their lives. The Joy Bus relieves the burden put on families during this time by providing healthy meals specified to meet patron’s needs. – Tom Carretto, Phoenix Fire Fighter
Tom Carretto is a Phoenix firefighter who also works on mountain rescues. He accepts additional responsibilities in the department as a community liaison. It is in this role that we became acquainted. He is the Director of Community Programs at United Phoenix Firefighters Association and works tirelessly to recruit firefighter volunteers to support non-profit fundraising events. He pours his heart into his work both as a firefighter and a community liaison. – Major Nancy Dihle, Salvation Army
Kind. Loving. Committed. Three words people use to describe Major Nancy Dihle, City Coordinator for the Valley of the Sun Salvation Army. When meeting Nancy for the first time, one is impressed by her professionalism and sincerity as well as her dedication to her job. Major Nancy has spent over 36 years with the Salvation Army helping the citizens who need it the most in cities such as San Pedro, California, Portland, Oregon, and now Phoenix. Whether it is serving holiday dinners, offering water to the homeless in stifling heat or providing disaster relief when tragedy strikes, Nancy and the Salvation Army are there. The Salvation Army is an organization steeped in spiritual morals and human kindness. For Valley of the Sun, City Coordinator Major Nancy Dihle, it’s where humility is valued and people are put first. – Teresa Ribbe, Plexus
Erin is a tireless advocate for children and school throughout Arizona. She is an asset to the community, not only because of the role she plays in such a critical organization, but also because of her commitment to the community in a more general sense. She takes on collaborative projects and connects players across sector in the achievement of higher community-level goals. Erin sees the big picture and helps piece together how a myriad of stakeholders can help achieve collective impact on that larger scale. There is a humility and selflessness in this approach that is unique and powerful.