02
Apr
08

Another Success Story in Community Outreach: The Giving Tree in Tucson, AZ

A Christian Outreach group in Tucson, Arizona called the Giving Tree Outreach Program desperately needs our prayers.  This charity, directed by Libby Wright has been taking care of orphans and the homeless in Tucson for almost twenty years.  Unlike many other groups who attempt to help these classes of people, the Giving Tree has succeeded in doing their work without one penny of government money. 

Here is the mission statement for the group:

“The mission of The Giving Tree Outreach Program is to support and improve the quality of life for children, families, elderly and disabled individuals.  The Giving Tree is a faith-based organization committed to being an instrument in breaking the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and abuse in this community of disadvantaged and underserved individuals. This is accomplished through distribution of hot meals, food boxes, and clothing, tutoring mentoring, transportation, referrals, and providing a residence for homeless and transitional children to allow them an opportunity to experience a secure and enduring family home.”

Unlike many community outreach programs in other cities, the citizens of Tucson are very involved with and support the Giving Tree in what it is doing.  The level of community involvement has allowed the program to grow and develop more and newer programs for the disadvantaged and homeless.  Here are the eleven main programs that make up the Giving Tree Outreach Program:

  1. Our Summer Feeding Program provides two meals a day to homeless and needy children. In the summer, these children do not have access to a school lunch program and do not receive meals consistently. During the summer of 2007, The Giving Tree served over 145,000 meals at this meal program.
  2. At the Grace Home, we are committed to providing a family role model for homeless and needy children and their mothers. Here they are cared for in a safe environment, served healthy meals and snacks, and are nurtured by our staff. 
  3. Promise Home provides intergenerational housing for those soon to embark on independent living.  This housing arrangement mimics that of a traditional family with all age groups represented; each relying on and working for one another.  Promise Home is the only housing facility in Tucson where fathers can stay with their children.   
  4. Our “H.E.L.P.”  ­Hands-on Education and Learning Program, is a tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk and homeless children and youth. Through  we provide a variety of activities, one-on-one tutoring, field trips, role model mentoring, music, dance and golf lessons. H.E.L.P. provides an opportunity for homeless and at-risk children to experience learning opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them.
  5. Through Project FEED , our twice weekly feeding program, more than 350 homeless and needy children, family members, elderly, and disabled individuals receive a hot meal, clothing, toiletries and emergency food boxes.   This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for children, teens and adults alike.  Every month, we provide more than 300 adults and children with case management and referrals to community services.
  6. The Compassion Hope Center provides food, winter and summer shelter, clothing, mentoring, case management, counseling, education, and a variety of additional life management classes.
  7. Fellowship and Food takes place on Tuesday evenings at The Compassion Hope Center.  A casual meal of soup and sandwiches is served family style followed by fellowship and inspirational discussions.
  8. GEAR (Gaining Employment and Respect) helps the unemployed, underemployed, homeless, formerly incarcerated, and survivors of domestic violence secure living wage employment.  They are schooled in interviewing skills, computer literacy, counseled on appropriate work attire, grooming and hygiene. 
  9. The Lighthouse serves as transitional shelter for families.
  10. The Benevolence Program was founded to assist those who occasionally cannot pay for their medications and helps the elderly with emergency repairs to their home.

On March 1 of this year in a senseless act of hate, the new facility that was to open a week later to house many of the programs as well as another residential facility was burned down by an arsonist.  Although the building had insurance, the supplies inside did not.  Here is a note from the Giving Tree:

As you may have learned, the Giving Tree’s future home on Rosemont was lost due to arson.  This building was to be home for many of the programs operated by The Giving Tree such as our recently formed Children’s Choir, as well as a distribution center for food boxes, and shelter for families.  If you wish to help us replace the items that were destroyed in the fire, your financial contribution would be appreciated. Although this catastrophe is devasting, we are thankful that there were no lives lost.  We can only imagine there are bigger and better things in store for us.  Your prayers and support truly help to ease this burden.Click here for videos 

I highly encourage you to check out their website at:http://thegivingtreeoutreach.org/index.html

There are many groups attempting to make a difference in this country, but none are so pure and successful as The Giving Tree Outreach Program.  I certainly highly recommend this group and its director Libby Wright.  Any help would be greatly appreciated by them.  Thank You.

Giving Tree Outreach Program

Libby Wright Director

4888 E. Broadway Blvd.Tucson, AZ 85711

520-320-5437

   

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11 Responses to “Another Success Story in Community Outreach: The Giving Tree in Tucson, AZ”


  1. 1 zoe
    May 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    this sounds like a great program. keep it up. i also read some informative stuff about Tucson here: http://www.tucson.com.mx

  2. July 11, 2008 at 7:15 am

    I just found out that the Giving Tree is feeding over 2,000 people daily this summer in Tucson. This is the kind of outreach that truly does reflect the exhortation Jesus gave in Matthew.

    Please pray that God continues to provide for this wonderful group via supplies as well as volunteers.

    Mercyman 53

  3. September 10, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Brethren in Christ,
    Greetings to you in His name,
    I am Rachael 40 years old. I am blessed with two children and my husband is Tracy he is a preacher and he preach in villages and we live in town. We are in Andhra Pradesh, and most of Andhra know the love of God and many of the Christians where from abroad are still giving and sharing their love to Andhra. Love is nothing but giving and because of the only many of the orphans are loved by the children of God. Each of us has to do what we can, I can give my love by giving my service but I am not financially fit. I trainee some women in sewing and sometimes cocking and feeding for widows and orphans. We have society named SEEDS registered we are needed help to more service village.

    We have orphans and poor in three villages we can even send you the details, up to about 40 children all that we need is your cooperation. And also we stick to the word of God and we obey. So we ask you to uplift the needed like us and also please pray for us and our needs
    And please write back.
    Thanking you.

    In His Masters service,
    T.A.Rachel
    Our Web site: http://orphanages.ws/Asian_Orphanages/SEEDS

  4. 5 Jeannetta kahl
    April 25, 2009 at 3:42 am

    hello my name is Jeannetta Kahl i am looking for an orphan to adopt if anyone nows where i could look PLEASE get back to me Jeannettta Kahl

    • September 2, 2009 at 6:45 pm

      Please consider foster care first. Many children are eventually able to be adopted by their foster parent which is wonderful because they have already bonded with that child. Ask God to prepare your heart first. HE will give you the desires of your heart. Sometimes we have parents and teens who decide to place their child in a private adoption.
      Please stay in touch.
      Blessings

  5. November 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Dear Libby,
    Try not to be overcome by the media and people who have no clue of what truth is. They have hate and anger at there own situations which sometimes we ourselves can’t seem to help. I know the truth and how your only desire is to help those in need, nobody should assume that just because a certain child is asked to give up a toy due to the fact he had already received one of the same items already, was always the child’s choice anyways.”Sorry I know this from experience in the Grace Home Two Years people”, We still love you, and always will!
    And to all those haters GET A LIFE. Libby has only given you motivation to get on with your life and helped you to stay focused. She has done so much with so little that no one will ever forget what she has truly done for them.

    And if anyone thinks they can due better then good luck. Try it.

    Tucson wake up if you can’t help others then don’t knock those who do.

    For more information or questions please feel free to email me at;
    divinepromises@yahoo.com

    Pastor Arthur Reid
    Former Houseparent & Supervisor of the Grace Home & The Giving Tree Outreach Program
    Now director of Divine Ministries of Tucson

  6. October 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

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  7. 9 Joseph Rutledge
    April 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I am sorry to impose through an e-mail. How ever i do not know where to turn. I need to obtaine some assistance in helping my famialy get sone suitable clothing. I feel our of place asking this how ever my job dose not pay enough for me to even shop at theift stores. Between paying our living cost and buying dippers we are all running around like rag muffin’s

  8. June 22, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Wonderful article! We will be linking to this great
    post on our website. Keep up the great writing.

  9. March 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

    We’re a gaggle of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with helpful info to work on.
    You have done an impressive process and our whole group might
    be thankful to you.


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