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$200,000 GO Direct Initiative – Goal Reached!

Thanks to all our members who funded auto loans this year, AEA has reached its goal to award members $200,000 in GO Direct Instant Cash for Car Loans. And it happened before the clock struck midnight on December 31st!

As promised, AEA is now prepared to write a $10,000 check to one non-profit community service organization serving Yuma and/or La Paz County residents.

Hundreds of nominations for non-profit organizations were submitted. Now, the top three non-profit finalists will soon compete for the big check! Thanks for all of your nominations.

► Vote – January 1-31, 2013!

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Crossroads Mission Hospice of Yuma Yuma Community Food Bank  

Q. How many years has your organization served Arizona residents?
A. 53 years

Q. Approximately how many Yuma and/or La Paz County residents benefited from your organization within the past year?
A. Over 3000 in programs and emergency shelter services + 120,000 meals served

Q. What services does your organization provide to the community?
A. Crossroads Mission is committed to glorifying God by serving those at a crossroads in life. This speaks to Crossroads Misson's commitment to our community.

Crossroads offers varied services to the homeless, addicted, the poor and needy of this community:

- Emergency Shelter Services for men, women, and families
- Over 120,000 free meals served annually
- Voucher Program: Giving basic household items, clothing, and furniture to those in need
- Addiction detox/stabilization services
- 120-Day Residential Substance Abuse Program
- Transitional housing for men and women
- Adult Education for GED’s and college prep classes
- 6-month Homeless Recovery Program
- Case management services
- Eye care, dental problems, hair cuts
- Connection to housing assistance
- Help with medical and mental health coordination with area doctors/agencies
- Work closely with Veteran’s organizations
- Crossroads Misson Thrift Store
- Success Closet: A back-to-work closet for those in need
- Family restoration and reunification services
- Many, many services for children
- WJ Anderson Bike Shop: gives the unemployed and homeless an opportunity to work for a bicycle so that they can have transportation to look for work or to go to work; bikes are provided free of charge by working community service somewhere at the mission.

Q. How has your organization changed/improved lives?
A. Individual’s lives are restored to being productive, engaged citizens of the community. Clients who complete the programs at the Mission become a supportive part of this community, they attend local churches, support the local economy, and they learn about giving back.

Q. How will your organization spend the $10,000 donation if it should win the GO Direct Initiative competition?
A. We will purchase a refrigerated storage container to store non-perishable food items. According to the health department, non-perishable food items must be stored at 86 degrees. Currently, we have one unit but need an additional one to meet the storage needs. These units are 10X40 and cost approximately $12,000. Food drives throughout the community help provide the meals to feed the homeless and poor, but we do not have enough storage. We use temporary donated storage units from local businesses. At times we must empty these on short notice and have limited space to store the food. With the purchase of this unit, we will be better equipped to meet the needs of the 120,000 meals that are served yearly at the Mission.








Q. How many years has your organization served Arizona residents?
A. Hospice of Yuma has cared for the terminally ill in Yuma County for the past 31 years.

Q. Approximately how many Yuma and/or La Paz County residents benefited from your organization within the past year?
A. Over 700 families benefited from Hospice of Yuma services over the past 12 months whether they received Hospice Care, services through our Wig and Prosthetic Program, or Bereavement Services. Of the families that received Hospice Care, 47 were without insurance or the ability to pay for their care. The cost of the hospice charitable care provided during the last 12 months totaled over $238,000. During the same time 100 people received assistance at no cost through the Hospice of Yuma Wig and Prosthetic Program, which is completely funded through donations.

Q. What services does your organization provide to the community?
A. Hospice of Yuma provides medical services and support to terminally ill patients and their families in their home environment, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Hospice care is provided by a skilled team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, certified nursing assistants, homemakers, bereavement counselors and volunteers. We educate and empower families to care for their loved ones which allows patients to be able to remain in their homes surrounded by loved ones. Hospice care focuses on comfort for pain and symptom management, rather than cure. Hospice also provides medications and medical equipment to assist patients. In addition, Hospice of Yuma has a Wig and Prosthetic program which provides wigs for people being treated for cancer, and specialty bras and prosthetics for women who have undergone a mastectomy. Hospice of Yuma also provides bereavement services for families in our community who have lost loved ones and need support in dealing with their grief.

Q. How has your organization changed/improved lives?
A. Each year Hospice of Yuma provides care and support for hundreds of patients and their families, impacting thousands of lives. Providing compassionate care for dying patients and supporting their families is a privilege. Helping them cope with a terminal Illness, the fear of dying, and the loss of a loved one helps surviving family and friends to continue living. Being available to assist a cancer patient in trying on a wig and giving them a renewed self-image and hope to continue on with their treatment is life changing. We provide hope, quality of life and ensure that everyone that receives our services that they are loved unconditionally.

Q. How will your organization spend the $10,000 donation if it should win the GO Direct Initiative competition?
A. If awarded the $10,000. Hospice of Yuma will use the money towards charitable care for patients without insurance or the ability to pay. Providing dying patients and their families compassionate care and support at the time they need it the most is at the core of what Hospice of Yuma does.







Q. How many years has your organization served Arizona residents?
A. The Yuma Community Food Bank has served the residents of Arizona for 34 years (since 1978).

Q. Approximately how many Yuma and/or La Paz County residents benefited from your organization within the past year?
A. Approximately 275,000 Yuma and La Paz County residents benefited from the Yuma Community Food Bank last year.

Q. What services does your organization provide to the community?
A. Whether directly at the headquarters of the Yuma Community Food Bank, through its extension distribution sites in Yuma and La Paz counties, or through the more than 25 locally based non-profit organizations, the Yuma Community Food Bank provides emergency and supplemental food to residents whom otherwise do not have the means to provide for themselves.

Q. How has your organization changed/improved lives?
A. The Yuma Community Food Bank has changed/improved the lives of the residents of southwestern Arizona by providing access to consistent, safe and nourishing food to the most vulnerable of Yuma and La Paz County residents….children, seniors, veterans and families.

Q. How will your organization spend the $10,000 donation if it should win the GO Direct Initiative competition?
A. Should the Yuma Community Food Bank win the AEA Go Direct Initiative competition, donation of $10,000.00 would be expended to purchase food to be distributed to Yuma and La Paz County residents. Through its purchasing power, the Yuma Community Food Bank could purchase the equivalent of 90,000 meals, or 108,000 pounds of food.






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