No such thing as typical volunteer at TCAA

April 24th, 2017

Volunteers are vital to the efforts of area nonprofits including TCAA, which annually assists more than 30,000 East Valley individuals, including children, families, seniors and the homeless. One of Tempe’s long-standing human services agencies, TCAA offers a comprehensive array of services that help build resiliency, promote independence, and support long-term self-sufficiency for vulnerable community members. …

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TCAA’s New Location

April 13th, 2017

Ready to Provide Help to More People in Need Building on its more than 50 years of service to people in need, Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) is opening a new office at 2146 E. Apache Blvd in Tempe. The recently completed structure is named The Norton and Ramsey Center in honor of long-time TCAA supporters Jenny Norton and …

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Realizing an End to Homelessness

March 14th, 2017

Ronald came to the I-HELP Shelter Program in May 2015. Prior to arriving at I-HELP, he had been living in Paulden, AZ working alongside a rancher. Ronald was a hired Ranch hand-rustling cattle, fixing fences, irrigation, and basic maintenance issues as needed. He was able to live on the ranch while he worked there. Unfortunately …

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Calling all Artists

January 20th, 2017

In February 2017 TCAA will open a fourth location. The new site, at 2146 E. Apache Blvd in Tempe, will house TCAA’s food pantry, homelessness prevention and intervention programs, and administrative offices and will feature a dedicated wall space in the reception area for donor recognition. TCAA is seeking bids from local artists to design, …

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Get to Know Us: Emergency Services

November 29th, 2016

TCAA is Tempe’s largest social service agency and we assist 43,000 of your neighbors on an annual basis – that’s 1 in 4 Tempe residents. Each of these individuals has a unique story and unique needs that were addressed by TCAA. Like Melinda who lives just down the road on Farmer Street.  Melinda is 60 …

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Simone’s Volunteer Story

November 28th, 2016

During this past year, 380 home-bound individuals throughout Tempe and Scottsdale received hot, nutritious home-delivered meals and a wellness visit from TCAA. Simone Ossipov recalls her experience as a home-delivered meals driver and what motivates her to continue volunteering at TCAA: “I remember having breakfast and reading the paper when I came upon a small …

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Get to Know Us: Senior Programs

November 23rd, 2016

Tempe Community Action Agency coordinates three Senior Centers: Escalante and North Tempe in the City of Tempe, and Granite Reef in the City of Scottsdale. Programs offered through the Centers include: Lunch program Referrals to Benefits Assistance AmeriCorps Health & Wellness program Cooking demonstrations Recreation and exercise Social events Socialization among seniors is so important! This …

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I-HELP Helping Veterans in Need

November 3rd, 2016

A Unique Tempe Model Helping Homeless Veterans in Need As a nation, we owe an unpayable debt for the sacrifices of our military Veterans. Sadly, far too many of these selfless men and women struggle to succeed when they return to civilian life. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that nearly 40,000 …

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September 6th, 2016
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New TCAA Executive Director Announced

July 22nd, 2016

The TCAA Board of Directors are excited to announce Deborah Arteaga as the new executive director of the agency beginning July 25. Arteaga’s professional background brings more than 20 years of private, public, and nonprofit sector human services experience to TCAA. She is passionate for advancing the lives of the less fortunate through high-impact programs and …

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TCAA Announces New Board

June 16th, 2016

TCAA has announced the addition of five new board members and the re-appointment of one existing member. The following have been appointed for their first three-year term and represent a significant expansion of the agency’s board: Nick Bastian of Realty Executives; Donna Kennedy, Economic Development Director, City of Tempe; Starla Martinez, CEO/Director of Clinical Operations, Wellness …

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Help us Hydrate!

June 15th, 2016

With record temperatures forecast for this coming weekend, heat relief programs for the homeless are taking on added urgency. TCAA partners with other service providers throughout the Heat Relief Network to provide hydration stations and heat refuge for people in need. TCAA also is a collection point for bottled water and basic needs donations. Every bottle …

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The Food Pantry Needs Donations!

March 23rd, 2016

High-need food items: Water bottles Non-condensed soup, Ramen and/or Cup of Noodles Ready-to-eat meat Crackers Canned beans Canned meat Snack size peanut butter We also need items to help package and distribute food items: New items for hygiene kits: single and family size

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I-HELP Impacts Lives 

January 26th, 2016

Shari is 42 years old and never planned to be homeless. “My bills became more than I was making,” she says. “I couldn’t afford my rent so I planned to move in with a friend, pay down my debt and then get another apartment. The living arrangements did not work out. By then, Shari had …

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