Our Vision:

To provide hope and resources  for at-risk families and aged out young adults so that they can THRIVE.

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Our Story

Where it all started

Since opening its doors in August of 2016, Phoenix-based Thrive AZ has made it their mission to change the lives of countless Arizona families for the better. Thrive AZ has played an integral role in foster care prevention, biological family reunification, and services for aged out by connecting deserving families and youth with critical resources and support that would otherwise be out of reach.

 

As a volunteer about 5 years ago, Thrive AZ founder, Teri Vogel, was working with a young woman who was dealing with a crisis pregnancy. She was also dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse, a history of trauma. She was six months pregnant, and Teri was working with her as an advocate to help reunite her with her six other children that were in foster care.

Teri and her husband, Steve, decided to help take in her baby when it was born to help her focus on the things she was dealing with. Over time, they were able to move the mom into a temporary home, help her find employment, and connect her with other resources she would need—and slowly reunite her with her infant son and her six other children.

It was this woman and her family that showed Teri the challenges that families face while navigating the foster care system. Because of her time working with this mom, Teri came to learn that at the time, there were 18,000 kids in foster care. Every 40 seconds in the state of Arizona, a child was being removed from their home and put into the foster care system. Teri knew why they were removed – they didn’t have beds, they didn’t have enough food, they were sleeping in cars. They didn’t have the basic needs for their family to just survive. At that point, she couldn’t unknow it.

 

That’s where the passion came from. Walking with this mother and seeing all of the missing pieces that had to come together for her to get back on track. Our work with Thrive AZ comes from a very deep place in our hearts because we were a part of that journey.

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The Team

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STEVE VOGEL

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PRESIDENT

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TERI VOGEL

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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FERNANDO DIAZ

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OPERATIONS MANAGER

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RACHEL DLUHY

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AGED OUT SPECIALIST

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LUKE HOLLINGSHEAD

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PROJECTS MANAGER

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TIFFANY KOONTZ

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MARKETING & COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR

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BARBARA DICKERSON

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VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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DON MIDDLETON

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WAREHOUSE MANAGER

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MANNY NAVARRO

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DONATION TRUCK DRIVER

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EYNER AGUILLAR

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DONATIONS

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SUZI & ED FRIEND

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THRIFT STORE MANAGERS

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JOY KOONTZ

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HOPE HOUSE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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LINDSEY DUNN

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Our Vision:

To provide hope and resources  for at-risk families and aged out young adults so that they can THRIVE.

Thrive AZ is a non-profit organization that works in foster care prevention, reunification, and aged-out.

Our Story

Where it all started

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Since opening its doors in August of 2016, Phoenix-based Thrive AZ has made it their mission to change the lives of countless Arizona families for the better. Thrive AZ has played an integral role in foster care prevention, biological family reunification, and services for aged out by connecting deserving families and youth with critical resources and support that would otherwise be out of reach.

As a volunteer about 5 years ago, Thrive AZ founder, Teri Vogel, was working with a young woman who was dealing with a crisis pregnancy. She was also dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse, a history of trauma. She was six months pregnant, and Teri was working with her as an advocate to help reunite her with her six other children that were in foster care.

Teri and her husband, Steve, decided to help take in her baby when it was born to help her focus on the things she was dealing with. Over time, they were able to move the mom into a temporary home, help her find employment, and connect her with other resources she would need—and slowly reunite her with her infant son and her six other children.

It was this woman and her family that showed Teri the challenges that families face while navigating the foster care system. Because of her time working with this mom, Teri came to learn that at the time, there were 18,000 kids in foster care. Every 40 seconds in the state of Arizona, a child was being removed from their home and put into the foster care system. Teri knew why they were removed – they didn’t have beds, they didn’t have enough food, they were sleeping in cars. They didn’t have the basic needs for their family to just survive. At that point, she couldn’t unknow it.

 

That’s where the passion came from. Walking with this mother and seeing all of the missing pieces that had to come together for her to get back on track. Our work with Thrive AZ comes from a very deep place in our hearts because we were a part of that journey.

 

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

Studies report that between 75-93% of youth entering the juvenile justice system annually are estimated to have experienced some degree of traumatic victimization.

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What We Do

We work towards foster care prevention, reunification, and aged-out. Working in cooperation with Arizona Department of Child Safety caseworkers and community social workers, we connect our clients with community partners to help provide the basic needs required by the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

 

To assist our families and young adults in overcoming their obstacles and meeting their goals, Thrive AZ provides the following resources at no charge:

  • A brand new bed, sheets, pillows, and blanket

  • Other furniture, household items, and cleaning and hygiene items

  • Support and encouragement through the client’s specific situation

  • Referrals to community agencies/programs

  • Housing for aged out young adults