West Valley Child Crisis Center (WVCCC) rose from the need for shelter housing. A group of women's service organizations and the John F. Long Foundation formed opened residential homes in 1986 and 1988 for children who were victims of domestic violence or neglect. Today WVCCC helps to find foster care and adoptive homes for children who were removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. In addition, the organization's birth-parent program teaches pregnant women about their options and ability to place their children with loving families, and the community-outreach program raises awareness about child-welfare issues.
Self-confidence comes from within, but that doesn’t mean that it can't get some help from outside. At Vitality Aesthetics Institute, medical director Dr. Charles Ben Evans and Sarah Vogt, MSN—a certified medical injector, laser technician, and aesthetician—use cutting-edge medspa technology to give clients that extra boost in confidence by delivering dramatic cosmetic changes. CoolSculpting procedures help eliminate hard-to-lose fat deposits without resorting to invasive surgery. The center's Cutera cosmetic laser systems revitalize skin tone and texture by zapping unwanted stubble or by minimizing any signs of age spots and large pores. For a youth-infused visage, Botox and Juvederm injections smooth out the wrinkles and frown lines that appear on aging skin.
Though there is a team of specialists at Phoenix Natural Medicine, that's not who most patrons will be working with at first. For many patients, their experience will begin with a comprehensive interview with a physician, who will learn about their diet, past illnesses, lifestyle, and more. One member of the team, Dr. Cho Long Kim has experience in everything from naturopathy and pharmacology to nutrition and surgery. The background she gets from patients allows the entire team to provide more useful treatment.
Those treatments may work to improve metabolism, fix digestive issues, and ward off a range of illnesses. Those goals are met with the clinic's wide range of equipment, which include infrared saunas, acupuncture needles, and more. There are also shelves lined with everything from beet-derived vitamin C to helpful digestive bacteria.
The CoffeePledge Against Cancer's CoffeeWeek, running September 5–11, pours out coffee for inspiration and fuel during a week of anticancer fundraising. Social media spurs coffee pledgers along on their journey, coordinating tweets, pics, check-ins, and donations on interactive digital displays manned by the many-tentacled CoffeeWeek HQ. Portions of all Phoenix proceeds during the week fly directly to cancer treatments at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, powering the struggle against the disease.
The Innocence Gala is a charitable ball of fun fine cuisine and special events to benefit the Rainbow House organization. The black-tie event, hosted by Michele Spry, fetes eyes and ears with live entertainment and feeds brains thanks to special guest speaker, screenwriter, director, and author Antwone Fisher. Attendees can sway to the sounds of jazz soloist Lisa Smith and pianist Tom Andes, then dine on catered hors d'oeuvres, plated dishes, and desserts, served with beverages and spirits to drench parched throats and facilitate ethical debates about farming clouds for their rainwater. All ticketed participants receive a copy of Antwone Fisher's new book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life, which Fisher will autograph during his gala book signing.
The Garfield Neighborhood After-School Program stimulates children’s minds with homework help, engrossing activities, light meals, and access to a fully equipped computer lab. Youth at Risk would like to supplement activities within the walls of the center where the program takes place with field trips to informative and entertaining locales such as the zoo, ballpark, and theater. By stepping outside their normal environment on field trips, young participants gain an opportunity to socialize with their peers and adults in new ways and learn about their city. In order to conduct these field trips, Youth at Risk requires additional funding to cover the costs of admission for parks and other activities, as well as snacks during outings.