It’s that time of the year when there is frost on the pumpkin, maybe frost on the cactus here in the southwest desert. Not really frost, but the nights are beginning to cool down a little! We do know that summer is winding down and fall is on its way. It’s a time that we can get outside a little more during the day without cooking!
Here at Family First we know its Chuck Wagon Roundup time! You can almost smell the barbeque sauce. The Chuck Wagon Roundup is our annual fundraiser where we raise a large portion of our yearly budget. We have a BBQ dinner along with a live and silent auction to raise funds to keep our doors open.
Throughout the year moms and dads, their children and teens come into our centers, all with different needs. We provide educational classes for parents, encouragement, along with some material assistance. For young children story time, a story along with crafts, teaching them about colors and letters, basic skills to prepare them for school! For our teens our “Ten for Teens”, a program where you can donate $10 a month to sponsor a teen in our mentoring program. Teens are taught office skills, interaction with other teens, and address the issues that face them in our ever changing world.
God has blessed Family First with two centers to reach out to families here in rural Arizona. They are in areas where the social service programs have been cut back and the needs are the greatest!
What we do benefits moms, dads, children and the whole family. This benefits our community, making for a stronger community. This makes it a better place for us all!
Every fall Family First does a “Back to school supplies drive” collecting supplies for our local schools. This past week a mom came in needing diapers for her infant child. She left our center with diapers, backpacks and school supplies for her 3 children. She was excited she didn’t have to use her food money for school supplies, as she did not have enough for both! That is why Family First is here.
We are so thankful for all of you and your support these past 14 years, we could not have done it without you!
We invite you all to the Chuck Wagon Roundup on Saturday Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Summer Institute of Linguistics auditorium in Catalina AZ. Go to our website www.familyfirstpcc.org or call our office at 520-896-9545 for tickets and more information. You can also donate an item for our auction. If you are unable to attend this event you can donate through our online to send in a donation.
We thank God for you all as you have enabled us to help our community where we live, we are excited as we start a 15th year “helping mothers, youth and families”.
/s/ Frank and Clare Grochocki
Family First Pregnancy Care Center
Oracle and Winkelman