Bank of America Names Live & Learn a Recipient of 2021 Neighborhood Builders®

Program Provides $200,000 in Flexible Funding and Leadership Development Training to Advance Economic Mobility in Phoenix  PHOENIX – Live & Learn and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation have been named as the 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for their work in the Phoenix community addressing local issues around women’s personal and financial empowerment. Read the full article: https://bit.ly/3ddI7Ke “As communities continue to recover and navigate a changing landscape, nonprofits are still experiencing significant demands and need resources to help meet critical local needs like supporting women experiencing poverty as they claim and create greater self-sufficiency,” said Benito Almanza, president,

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Live & Learn through the pandemic

Nearly two years since the world halted, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Live & Learn, like many other businesses and organizations had to pivot their routines to continue to support its clients. Live & Learn is a nonprofit organization that guides women out of generational poverty, provides resources and tools for women to use to succeed without governmental assistance. The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits reported “400 Arizona nonprofits reporting a total revenue loss of more than $91 million, a 52% drop in year-end giving and an increase of over $15 million in expenses primarily for PPE, supplies, and technology.” The

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A Mother’s Journey: Meet Amanda

Amanda was pregnant and homeless when a friend referred to Live & Learn in October 2020. By December, she had found a part-time job and started a Medical Assistant Certification program. She was working hard to make sure she could provide stability to her baby once he came. However, Amanda experienced food insecurity and high stress during the first six months of her pregnancy. Now, she was putting in long days and grueling commutes by public transportation. Her body was struggling as she entered her third trimester. In January, her doctor ordered her on bed rest. She had to take

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Live & Learn Has Been Identified as a Mighty Changemaker

Live & Learn joins Valley of the Sun United Way and a coalition of partners working for Mighty Change. Live & Learn has joined Valley of the Sun United Way and a coalition of other nonprofit organizations as a partner in MC2026, United Way’s new five-year plan to create mighty change in Maricopa County. Together, Live & Learn, United Way and other MC2026 partners will implement vital strategies to tackle bold goals which focus on creating solutions for the community’s most pressing needs. Specifically, Live & Learn will work to empower women to secure stable, safe housing for their families. 

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On Her Way: Meet Sara

Sara grew up with instability. She was one of four children raised by a hardworking mother who cleaned offices for a living. Sara’s father was abusive, and, though her mother tried to leave him many times, she and the children always returned. “It was living with him or being homeless, so my mom did it for us.” As she grew into adulthood, Sara found herself following in her mother’s footsteps. When her second child was born, she was determined to break the cycle of violence and poverty. She was determined to give her children a better future. The path was

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An Open Letter from Executive Director Kristin Chatsworth

Dear Friends and Supporters, Every October, we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but, this year, Domestic Violence Awareness Month feels more urgent than ever. When families are not financially stable, the stress and conflict increases the risk of domestic violence. When childcare and housing costs rise, more women become trapped in domestic violence situations. This is what is happening right now, in Maricopa County. Just this week, Live & Learn paid rent for 3 women in our program.< One woman received a 5 day eviction notice, with over $300 in additional charges. Our trained staff called every resource available in

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Success Story: Meet Jamie

Salad and Go will take you in, they’ll welcome you as part of their family In summer 2021, Jamie celebrated her one-year anniversary at Salad and Go, an employment partner of Live & Learn. With the support of Live & Learn and the opportunity at Salad and Go, Jamie is building a new life for herself and her children. Jamie is a mother of six and a domestic violence survivor. She was married to her abuser for many years before fleeing in late 2019. The decision to leave was financially devastating for Jamie, as it is for many survivors of

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Thunderbirds Charities Invests in Live & Learn Women Thriving

Thunderbirds Charities has generously granted $10,000 of Covid-19 relief funding to Live & Learn’s Women Thriving program. The Women Thriving program offers Maricopa County women a pathway back to stability and employment in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic. “Thunderbirds Charities is investing in Maricopa County’s recovery through their support of our Women Thriving program,” says Kristin Chatsworth, Executive Director of Live & Learn. “We must make sure women and their children are not left behind by the economic recovery.” Women in poverty have been devastated by the economic impact of the pandemic. Women in low-wage and service-sector positions lost

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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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