We provide our services at NO cost to our partner agencies. We partner with many child social service agencies to provide therapeutic art programs to children of all ages at over 100 sites across the Metro-Phoenix area, including foster care group homes, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, and transitional housing programs.
Depending on each case, a child or family could be living in a facility from 24 hours to many years. Children may stay in protective custody through their 18th birthday, at which time they are “emancipated” from the system.
Our partnership with each agency began during the year noted in parentheses.
All My Children (2000): 5 group homes in Phoenix for children ages 0-18.
Back to Life (2008): 3 group homes in Glendale and Phoenix for Native American teenage boys.
Beia’s Place (2014): 1 group home in Phoenix for children ages 0-18.
Catholic Charities (1995): 2 sites: My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter for mothers and their children in Chandler; Refugee Foster Care School for refugee children in Phoenix.
Central Arizona Shelter Services (1994): 2 Sites:Vista Colina Shelter, an emergency shelter for homeless families in Phoenix; North 17, transitional housing for families in Phoenix.
Child Crisis Center (2000): Emergency shelter in Mesa for children ages infant to 12.
Children First Academy (2010): The nation’s largest school for homeless children. Campuses in Phoenix and Tempe.
Chrysalis Shelter (1996): Transitional housing in Phoenix for families experiencing domestic violence.
Crisis Nursery (2000): A crisis shelter in Phoenix for children ages 0-8.
De Colores Shelter (2009): Transitional and crisis housing in Phoenix for victims of domestic violence. 95% of residents are Hispanic. A Chicanos Por La Causa program.
Desiderata Alternative Program (2008): Phoenix Union School District’s alternative high school program.
Devereux Arizona (1994): Residential treatment center, group homes and school in Scottsdale for children and teenagers.
Family Support Resources (2001): 20 group homes/shelters for children ages 0-18. Locations in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Tempe and Chandler.
Florence Crittenton (1995): 2 sites: A residential treatment center and school in Phoenix for adolescent girls; Girls Ranch, a group home for pregnant or parenting teenagers in Scottsdale.
Homeward Bound (2000): Homeless and domestic violence housing and preschool in Phoenix for families with children.
House of Refuge (2001): Transitional housing in Mesa for women and their children.
Labor’s Community Service Agency (2001): Transitional housing for homeless families in Phoenix.
Neighborhood Ministries (2008): Community Center serving Phoenix’s poorest, most vulnerable and low income families.
The New Foundation (1994): Residential treatment center in Scottsdale for teens.
A New Leaf (1997): 6 sites. In Mesa: La Mesita Family Shelter serving homeless families; Autumn House domestic violence shelter for women and their children; 3 residential treatment centers for at-risk teen boys. In Glendale: Faith House domestic violence shelter for women and their children.
New Life Center (1999): Domestic violence shelter in Goodyear for women and children.
Sacred Journey (2013): 4 group homes in Mesa for teenage girls.
Salvation Army (1994): 2 sites in Phoenix: Kaiser Family Crisis Center emergency shelter for homeless families; Elim House domestic violence shelter for women and their children.
Save The Family Foundation of Arizona (2003): Long term transitional housing in Mesa.
Sojourner Center (1994): 2 sites in Phoenix: Domestic violence shelter and transitional housing program for women and their children.
Southwest Key Programs (2013): 2 sites in Phoenix: Shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children ages 0-17.
StreetlightUSA (2013): Residential program in Glendale for girls age 11-17 who have been rescued from sex trafficking throughout the United States.
Sunshine Acres (2009): 6 group homes and a school for children ages 5 – 18 in Mesa.
Sunshine Residential Homes, Inc. (2000): 22 group homes for boys and girls ranging in ages from elementary to teens in Glendale, Phoenix, Avondale and Peoria.
Tumbleweed (1995): 4 sites in Phoenix including 2 group homes, transitional living, and a drop-in center for homeless or adjudicated teens.
UMOM (1999): Crisis and transitional family shelter in Phoenix for homeless families.
Youth Development Institute, YDI (2000): Residential treatment center in Phoenix for youth ages 12-18.
Partner Agency Conference
Each year Free Arts holds a Partner Agency Conference where we bring together representatives from over 30 child welfare agencies Valley-wide to share ideas, discover resources, and discuss creative ways to further support and encourage vulnerable children in our community. This unique conference is the only one of its kind in the state because it addresses the needs of children across agency-type and focuses on building resiliency through the arts. Past presenters have included New Directions Institute, Kids at Hope, and Synergy Partners Consulting.
What Our Partner Agencies Say About Free Arts
It is due to great organizations like Free Arts of Arizona, that we are able to provide such unique and enriching experiences for our youth. Your wonderful staff and volunteers served as excellent role models for our teens. Through their patience and encouragement, they helped our kids face their fears, and achieve goals they did not even know they had. — Sara Jensen,Youth Program Coordinator, United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM)
At Florence Crittenton we have seen firsthand the healing effects of art on those experiencing emotional trauma. We extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Free Arts for bringing this form of art therapy to the girls we serve. —Kellie M. Warren, Psy.D., Chief Executive Officer, Florence Crittenton
The children in our facilities love the creativity and freedom of expression that they experience each week with the program. They have the opportunity to try their hands at creative writing, cooking, collage-making, and many other forms of expression. As the program progresses, the children form bonds of trust and friendship with their mentors. Most of these youth have been abused, neglected and abandoned by adults, and their ability to form healthy bonds with adults again is an important part of the healing process. —Elizabeth Kottoor, MSW, Director of Operations, Sunshine Residential Homes, Inc.
We have been blessed with mentors who have truly cared about our children and communicated that so clearly to them. The children understand that our mentors volunteer their time and it is frequently a new experience for them to have someone extend themselves to them with no expectation in return. —Nancy Jiunta Dang, LBSW, M.Ed., Unaccompanied Minor Program Teacher, Catholic Charities – Phoenix