Mike McQuaid will do whatever it takes to end homelessness. By applying decades of experience as a commercial real estate developer to his encore career, Mike collaborated with elected officials, county administrators, and business and nonprofit leaders to build the Human Services Campus—the first of its kind in the nation and a national model.
The encore concept—engaging people age 50+ in roles that combine personal meaning with social impact—is growing across the country, and particularly in Phoenix with its 1.1 million baby boomers. As such, it’s critical to understand this population’s great potential for positive impact on the region’s communities.
Gabriel's Angels brings pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout Arizona. The organization, with offices in Phoenix and Tucson, was named after Gabriel, the first dog to be used in therapy. The Angels are the kids receiving the help. Gabriel's Angels has nearly 150 Therapy Teams delivering pet therapy to over 100 agencies. Gabriel's Angels founder and CEO Pam Gaber will tell us more.
Circle the City Medical Respite Center is a place where the homeless in Phoenix can go to recover following treatment at a hospital instead of having to recover on the streets. The visionary behind the center, Sister Adele O'Sullivan, and Marisue Garganta, the director of Health Integration for St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, will discuss Circle the City.
Nora Hannah, the CEO for Experience Matters, explains how her nonprofit connects talented, age 50+ individuals with nonprofit and social service organizations to improve the quality of life in our community.
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) provides a variety of services to people with disabilities. ABIL President and CEO Phil Pangrazio talks about the organization and its Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center (SpoFit), one of two centers in the U.S. that is specifically designed for individuals who have various types of disabilities.
The Role of Arts & Culture in a Healthy Urban Environment
featuring Nationally Renowned Arts Advocate, Ben Cameron
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Location: Phoenix Center for the Arts