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Kyrene Family Resource Center
The Kyrene Family Resource Center is a joint effort between the Kyrene School District and the Foundation which provides needy families access to resources which meet their basic needs: food, clothing, shelter resources, medical support, legal support, resource referral, scholarships after school programs.
Kyrene families experiencing homelessness or needing assistance are welcome to drop in at the Resource Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The Resource Center is located on the campus of Kyrene de los Niņos Elementary School, 1330 East Dava Drive, Tempe 85283.
Year Round Initiatives
Food Boxes: Friends of the Foundation collect non-perishable food items to create complete food boxes to feed a family of four for one week.
Hygiene Kits: Struggling families cannot purchase any basic hygiene items with food stamps. Hygiene Items are collected to assist families: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products or diapers.
Gently Used Clothing Items: Friends of the Foundation donate gently used clothing for Kyrene children and teens. Clothing items accepted are in good condition, and free from rips and stains.
School Supplies: Families are assisted year round with school supplies need to complete homework and special projects. Items include pencils, paper, notebooks, colored folders, calculators, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, and construction paper.
Health and Wellness: In conjunction with Chandler Regional Medical Center, the First Things First group, and other Friends of the Foundation, all families in Kyrene are offered free immunizations, dental clinics, and parent education on a variety of topics.
Backpacks for Students: The Foundation and Resource Center work with community partners to supply new back packs and supplies to children in need prior to each school year.
Dressed for School: Students in need receive new and gently-used outfits once a month. In addition, Operation School Bell helps disadvantaged students shop for brand new clothing and underwear.
Thanksgiving Food Boxes: In partnership with the Real Gift Foundation and Friends of the Foundation, complete, pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals and hygiene kits are distributed.
Winter Wonderland: Winter Wonderland is an event to support Kyrene families in need who have been identified by school social workers, school office staff, and the district homeless liaison. Families who attend are able to select from donated toys and stockings. Gifts are wrapped by volunteers while families enjoy refreshments and holiday entertainment.
Wishes Come True: The Foundation and Resource Center collect gently used dresses and new accessories for 8th grade promotion ceremonies.
Summer Activity Packs: Friends of the Foundation collect educational and engaging items for students who are academically at risk. Needed donations are: crayons, markers, decks of cards, card games, board games, spiral bound notebooks and glue sticks.
Questions? Call 480-541-1520 or e-mail email@example.com.
History of the Family Resource Center
In 1978 a secretary at the district office, observed an increase in the number of children from low income families. She learned of a family whose five children shared one pair of shoes among them and as a result, each child attended school just one day per week! She began gathering donations of gently used clothes and shoes to provide to this and other Kyrene families in need. She cleaned and repaired the clothes and began distributing them and other items from the trunk of her car. In 1986, another Kyrene secretary began assisting in this endeavor.
A few years later, and at the urging of a Kyrene Governing Board member, the two employees petitioned the Kyrene Schools Community Foundation to formally establish a program of assistance to poor families. In 1992, the Foundation officially established the Kyrene Kids Corner.