UPWARD FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MEETING CRITICAL COMMUNITY NEEDS DURING PANDEMIC < Return to News

As the United States continues to struggle with the spread of Coronavirus 19, there are still essential services that must continue to meet critical community needs.  UPWARD has been executing a plan for several weeks now to provide Home School for children with severe disabilities, continue Integrated Childcare for children with and without disabilities, and provide Teletherapy for children who are homebound. 
 
 
One parent who is a healthcare provider at a local hospital said, “UPWARD has been a savior for our family because my wife and I both have to work during the pandemic.”   “This has been the sentiment of numerous families we have been able to serve during this crisis” said Sharon Graham, Vice President of Programs.
 
 
The UPWARD leadership also aggressively sought out resources for operations and to cover payroll expenses.  The senior staff and Board of Directors made the decision in mid-March to make employees whole by continuing to pay wages and healthcare premiums.  In the past two weeks UPWARD has been approved for a forgivable SBA Payroll Protection Loan.  Also, we have received emergency funding from the Valley of the Sun United Way and Arizona Community Foundation. 
 
 
CEO Doug Carter said, “We are very grateful for the generous support from the community in helping UPWARD continue to carry out our Mission to ‘Bring Hope and Joy to the Children We Serve.’ “
 
 
 
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