CFSA Announces Additional $25,000 in COVID-19 Support

In partnership with our generous donors and supporters, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has granted $3.66 million in COVID-19 Response Grants since March 2020.

We are pleased to announce that an additional $25,000 in COVID-19 relief funding was awarded in June to provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness, assisted living services to elderly residents, and critical care for migrants and asylum seekers at the border.

June COVID-19 Grantees:

American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter
Marshall Home for Men
St. Francis Shelter/Z-Mansion

Grantee Highlights:

Marshall Home Board President, Dale Butcher, shared, “The funds will be used to provide assisted living services to our residents who we have been serving in that capacity since 1931. Exercise classes were implemented during the pandemic to keep our residents active. However, the Home has experienced a significant reduction in revenue due to the pandemic, and this grant is truly appreciated.”

Due to the pandemic, there have been decreased opportunities for low barrier shelter for individuals to seek respite from the heat. To combat this, Workship Methodist Church and St. Francis Shelter teamed up to provide a much needed drop-in cooling center in downtown Tucson.

Rick McCallum with Z Mansion stated, “Thanks to this grant from CFSA, visitors are able to receive cold water and a great meal. A key feature of the cooling center is an advanced first aid clinic staffed by trained Workship volunteers who provide much needed medical care and referrals to ill guests.”

The American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter is responding to the critical need for COVID-19 healthy and safety items to help keep migrants protected during the current challenging times faced by shelters and processing systems.

Courtney Slanaker, Executive Director of American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter, shared, “Thank you CFSA for supporting our critical work in responding to emergent mass care needs for the humanitarian crisis at the border. The grant has enabled us to provide shelter supplies (cots, blankets, comfort kits, surgical masks, shoelaces, leggings, belts) to community partners as well as reunification services for migrants and asylum seekers.”