Every Arizonan Counts – 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is around the corner and we want to make sure you are counted! What is the U.S. Census? By participating in the Census, you help ensure our community receives the finances needed to continue public programs and services. The Census count determines funding for education, healthcare and other federally funded agencies and programs in Arizona. Each count will protect the resources people in Arizona need and want for the next decade. Another aspect of the Census that is often forgotten about is representation in legislative districts as well as Washington D.C. This is a way for Arizona

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Meet Our Board Members: Alverta McKenzie

Alverta McKenzie has dedicated her life to helping children and families.  She has become an expert in the field and spent her career mentoring others to succeed in the same field. Alverta has worked in the field of Children and Family services as a teacher and a professional. She has devoted her life’s work to bolstering the field of Children and Family Studies, bettering the foundation of our community and making the world a better place for the next generation. Early Life and First Career Alverta is originally from New Haven, Connecticut, where she spent time in the foster care

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Give Turkey & Give Thanks

This Thanksgiving was truly a season of giving and gratitude at Live & Learn! We hosted our first turkey drive. Generous donors provided turkey, side dishes, and desserts to women who could not afford to put a feast on their own table. Donors were so kind and generous. They went above and beyond to make the holiday special for hardworking women and their families. There were beautiful homemade desserts. Some donors delivered directly to the homes of women who lack reliable transportation. Other women came to our office to pick up their dinners and meet their donors. One woman took

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Homeless Court Forgives Those Trying to Do Better

Elizabeth

As a teenager, Elizabeth and her mother did not have the greatest relationship. At the early age of 17 years old, Elizabeth was no longer welcomed into her mother’s home. She had no choice but to find somewhere else to live. Along the way, Elizabeth face obstacles and make choices that would affect her life negatively down the road, one of them being dropping out of high school. In her mid 20s, Elizabeth decided to turn her life around and began making positive changes as she is now a single mother of two. At the age of 25, she began

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Yoga & Wine for a Cause

In October, Live & Learn hosted our first Yoga & Wine for a Cause. We hoped it would be an opportunity to build our community and raise awareness about our mission. It turned out to be just that: a relaxing evening with old friends and newcomers sharing a love for yoga, wine, and our Phoenix-community – though maybe not in that order. This was an exciting evening for me. I am a yoga instructor at Pranayamamama Yoga, LLC, and I am an employee of Live & Learn. For this event, I got to bring two of my passions together: yoga

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Paying it Forward – The Warm Hearts of Arizonans

On November 14, Live & Learn held Give Hope in 2020, our first Happy Hour Fundraiser. The goal of the evening was to raise awareness of Live & Learn’s program and the need in our community, as well as to raise money to help us reach 200 women in 2020. As guests arrived, it was a beautiful autumn evening on the patio of Beckett’s Table. The evening began with a welcome from Live & Learn’s Executive Director Kristin Chatsworth. Board Member Genevieve Dombrowski introduced past Live & Learn clients who shared inspiring stories of their experiences with Live & Learn.

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Success Stories: Meet Odette

Despite many obstacles, 22-year-old Odette has accomplished a great deal: a promising career, two beautiful children, a close family, a comfortable home. From the moment Odette came to Live & Learn, we knew her hard work and determination would take her far. As a child, Odette moved to AZ from Mexico with her family. “Our parents loved us so much, above all they sacrificed so we could do better than they had.” At 15, Odette became a Dreamer under DACA. New possibilities opened up. Odette graduated high school with honors, determined to go to college. Odette enrolled in Mesa Community

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Larry H. Miller Dealerships Gives Hope in 2020 through Larry H. Miller Charities

Larry H. Miller Dealerships, via their charitable organization Larry H. Miller Charities, has generously granted $10,000 to Live & Learn to support women in our Economic Empowerment Program. These funds will provide Supplemental Support and our Mentoring Program for the 200 women we will serve in 2020. Supplemental Support and Mentoring are crucial aspects of our program that can easily be the difference between success or failure.  Supplemental Support is needs-based assistance that can help women cover the cost of things such as uniforms, bus passes, or basic school supplies. Often, these are small costs that can derail a woman

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A Survivor’s Success Story: Meet Jonia

“Most of all, I wanted so bad for my kids to have a dad and grow up in a family.” As a young adult, Jonia’s determination to create an ideal family for her children led her deeper and deeper into an abusive relationship. With the support of Live & Learn, Jonia eventually realized that a different life was possible. Once she realized that, there was no stopping her. Jonia was raised by a single mother in Phoenix. She did well in high school and immediately enrolled at Phoenix College. At 19, she had her first child. The demands of caring

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Reflections from a Client Coordinator: Part 2

Ruby Cervantes joined Live & Learn as a Client Coordinator in spring 2017. During her two-and-a-half years with Live & Learn, Ruby helped over 200 women journey out of poverty. This is the second part of an interview Ruby gave just before she left Live & Learn in July 2019. What was your biggest challenge during your time at Live & Learn? The biggest challenge has really come towards the end of my time here. We’re seeing community funding get tighter, not just for Live & Learn but for everyone. In the past year, I’m seeing community partners less able

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