One Woman’s Journey: Meet Beth

Beth is a 45-year-old single mother of four children. She was referred to Live & Learn from UMOM as she was transitioning into rapid rehousing. Beth was unemployed, and her UMOM case manager was concerned that she would cycle back into homelessness without Live & Learn. When she came to Live & Learn, Beth’s Client Coordinator noticed it was hard for her to secure employment. Barriers like childcare and transportation were addressed, resources like AZ@Work were offered, but still Beth was not finding employment. After working together and building trust, Beth finally opened up to her Client Coordinator. Beth has

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Meet the Team: Megan, Volunteer and Operations Coordinator

What is your role? What are your primary responsibilities? My role at Live & Learn is Volunteer and Operations Coordinator. I am responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers, mentors, and interns. Plus, I assist in daily operational tasks for Live & learn. I work with volunteers in all capacities including creating and implementing workshops that teach important life skills to our clients. I also facilitate our mentoring program that offers additional support and encouragement to women of Live & Learn. What is the biggest challenge you have in your job? Adjusting to working remotely since Covid-19 hit! You have to

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Arizona Women’s Partnership Invests in Women

Arizona Women’s Partnership Invests in Women The Arizona Women’s Partnership, Inc. is an all-volunteer philanthropic non-profit based in Phoenix that formed in 2002. With a commitment to providing grants to grassroots nonprofits that assist women and children in AZ, the Arizona Women’s Partnership has given over half a million dollars in grant funding in less than 20 years. Live & Learn is grateful to be among the grant recipients. “This is a huge milestone”, notes Paula Cullison, Arizona Women’s Partnership founder and President. “We continue to do as much as we can – for as many as we can –

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Walk Like A Boss, Not Like A Girl: An Interview with Casey Sanders

This past week, I had an amazing opportunity to interview Casey Sanders. She is the VP Site Underwriting Manager at Bank of America, and she also sits on the Board of Directors of Live & Learn. Casey has held many leadership positions and takes on many responsibilities. In our interview, we talked about how she got to where she is today, and why Live & Learn is so important to her. What motivated you to get involved with Live & Learn? Being a single mom played a role. My son is 21 years old, and I’ve always been a single

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Diversifying Maricopa County’s Healthcare Workforce

In keeping with its commitment to improving the local healthcare workforce, BHHS Legacy Foundation has awarded Live & Learn a generous grant of $55,000. This funding will be used to expand Live & Learn’s Healthcare Workforce Development Program in 2021, and it will help to improve health equity throughout Maricopa County. In 2012, Live & Learn launched the Healthcare Workforce Development Program for women whose lives have been shaped by poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence. The Program provides these women an effective pathway to a healthcare career. Over two years, women receive one-on-one coaching and support to help them stabilize,

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Success Stories: Meet Ava

By the time Ava heard about Live & Learn from a coworker, she had experienced her share of hardship, heartbreak, and struggle. Ava’s hard work and determination would see her through and allow her to create a brighter future for herself and her children. “What I went through as a kid growing up, I don’t want my daughters to go through that. I want to break the cycle.” Ava grew up in Phoenix, one of six siblings raised by a single mother. “Life was chaotic,” she recalls. Her mother Rose worked hard to make ends meet for the family. Rose

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Reducing Live & Learn’s Carbon Footprint: When Economic Justice Meets Environmental Justice

Reducing Live & Learn’s Carbon Footprint: When Economic Justice Meets Environmental Justice Filing cabinets full of client applications and referral forms, workshop handouts and feedback forms, self-assessments and exit interviews… Live & Learn’s Program has been 100% paperless since April 1, 2020. This was intentional and planned, but also accelerated by the Covid-19 Pandemic, which forced everything to become virtual. Going paperless is an important achievement for Live & Learn’s Program because it improves efficiency and cuts costs, but it is also an important environmental step for Live & Learn. Climate change is having serious effects in Maricopa County, and

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Meet the Team: Joselena “Jocce” Cordero, Lead Client Coordinator

What is your role? What are your primary responsibilities? My role at Live & Learn is Lead Client Coordinator. On a daily basis I meet with clients (virtually), guide them through a monthly Action Plan, provide them with resources, document their success, and more. As the Lead Client Coordinator, I am also here to offer support and guidance to other Client Coordinators. When and how did you get involved with Live & Learn? I began as an intern for Live & Learn my senior year of undergrad (fall 2019) and have been around ever since! As an intern, I worked

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Nourishing Neighbors Gives Hope to Women During Covid-19

The Albertsons’ Company Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors program provided critical food assistance to Live & Learn women. This assistance helps women who are working hard to regain employment during the Covid-19 pandemic and economic recession. 33% of Arizona women live in poverty. Most of these women are the heads of their household, and they have children who depend on them. They live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet. When Covid-19 hit Arizona in March 2020, many women lost their jobs. Schools and childcare facilities closed. Households that were barely surviving were suddenly plunged into crisis. Covid-19 has not

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4 Reasons to Love Empower Coffee Roasters

In April 2020, even as uncertainty and panic over the Covid-19 Pandemic swept Arizona, Empower Coffee Roasters opened its doors in Mesa, AZ. Founders Zach and Denise were on a mission to empower women, bean by bean, and their determination to support women was not to be stopped, not even by an unprecedented international crisis. Here are 4 ways Empower Coffee Roasters stepped up to support women during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Donating a percentage of proceeds to support the work of Live & Learn! Empower Coffee Roasters donated 5% of all sales from November 2020 to March 2021 to Live

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