AZ Compassion In Action, Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix, serves Valleywide
Susanne & Mike Garland, Nominators
Standing outside a run down trailer park in northwest Phoenix, Kim smiles and gently touches the shoulder of 68-year-old Colleen, one of the residents. It’s taken years to gain this level of trust because Colleen suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia.
Now Kim and her group deliver food three times a week to the trailer park and makes sure everyone there needing food gets it. Kim is a Phoenix firefighter, and the founder and energy behind AZ Compassion In Action. She began nineteen years ago finding and supplying the needy with the basics, shelter, clothes and food.
Today she has storage units throughout Metro Phoenix stocked with clothes, toys, food, furniture and household items. AZCIA has volunteer teams with regular delivery schedules who bring food and basic household needs to over 200 families a week. Her hope is to one day have a permanent structure to store the food and household goods as well as a refrigerated truck for deliveries and maybe even a transitional center for families.
“When I was a child, my family needed help and our community gave us the support we needed to stay in our home, so I know what it feels like to need. Now we encourage families and individuals to pay it forward by providing opportunities for them to be a blessing to someone else.”