The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Provides Significant Support for Merger of Child Crisis Center and Crisis Nursery Inc.

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Joint Organization to Increase Services for Vulnerable Families

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is continuing its support of Crisis Nursery Inc. with a $876,000 grant to assist in its merger with Child Crisis Center. The two nonprofits are the leading child welfare organizations in the state and work to support and protect local children and families in need. Together, the newly merged entity will continue to provide a safe haven for abused and neglected children, enrich youth through early childhood education, build stronger family values and support foster and adoptive families.

“Unfortunately, the need for these programs has hit a critical level in Arizona,” said Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. “This merger leverages the strengths of both organizations – creating a new entity with an even stronger voice and support system for children in need.”

The joint agency represents the largest children’s shelter and foster care entity in the Valley, and together share 71 years of experience. Serving the Valley since 1977, Crisis Nursery works to address more than just the physical needs of children, but also focuses on long-term social, psychological and development support for families. Likewise, Child Crisis Center has been a place of safety and encouragement, and a home to more than 13,000 children since its inception in 1981. Combined, the agency provides emergency care to more than 6,000 individuals per year.

“Changes in the child welfare system continue to fuel the need for expanded services in the community,” said agency CEO, Christine Scarpati. “We are ‘Stronger Together’ and our combined resources will allow us to better meet the needs of the families we serve and allow us to help even more children in need.”

Both organizations realized that working together would create an even stronger entity, and the grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will play an important role in that future growth. By becoming one of the largest nonprofit human service organizations in the region, the merged entity has the opportunity to broaden its programs, influence public policies, increase operational efficiencies and sustainability, expand educational programs in the community and maximize its donor base. A new name and brand for the merged entity will be announced this fall.

“We are happy to support Child Crisis Center and Crisis Nursery as they continue to provide exceptional care to some of our community’s most vulnerable children, helping these youth live safer, happier and healthier lives,” said Renee Parsons.
In the past decade, both agencies have expanded to offer more support to help children and families succeed and thrive. Programs include: emergency shelter for children, family support and prevention education, adoption & foster care, early childhood education, kinship services, counseling and much more. To learn more visit, childcrisis.org or crisisnurseryphx.org.

About Child Crisis Center & Crisis Nursery
Child Crisis Center and Crisis Nursery Inc. formally announced their intent to merge on October 15, 2014 to create stronger, larger-scale community impact by becoming one of the largest human services nonprofit organizations in the region with an annual operating budget of $14.5 million. All programs at all 7 locations are operating seamlessly so clients do not have any disruption in services. The newly merged entity will formally announce its new name and a new CEO by fall of 2015. Child Crisis Center CEO, Christine Scarpati, serves as interim CEO until her retirement in fall of 2015.

About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The Foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti. tbrpf.org.

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