What began as a big dream between two sisters in
Arizona in 1992 turned into an even bigger reality when Fresh Start Women’s
Foundation hit the ground running. In its relatively short 26 years of
operation, Fresh Start has turned into a leading resource center for women in
the Southwest who are seeking a way to begin a new chapter in life. Each year,
thousands of women turn to FSWF for job application advice, education,
self-esteem workshops, computer training, family law support, and dozens of
other services offered to help them walk their new path. Behind the success of
this amazing organization are Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart, who began
offering self-esteem workshops as a way to give support to women in any way
they could. They successfully raised enough money to open the Fresh Start
Women’s Resource Center in downtown Phoenix in 2002, and have since impacted
thousands of women and their families through their efforts.
What’s equally as impressive about the work that FSWF does is the community feedback and support they have garnered. In 2017, over 400 volunteers spent a total of 16,591 hours giving their time to the events and workshops organized by the foundation! Katherine Selph, the Marketing Manager for Fresh Start, praises the hard-working volunteers for their support and activity, as well as their ability to help with several different aspects of the organization.
One of the most gratifying ways to learn about Fresh Start is to read their client success stories, found on their website (www.freshstartwomen.org/success-stories). There are stories of women of all ages, from all walks of life who have turned to Fresh Start in hopes of finding a new path, no matter their circumstance. It is well worth the time to browse through a few (or all) of these success stories, and learn about how impactful Fresh Start has been in the community!
On March 9th, 2019, FSWF will host the 23rd Annual Fresh Start Gala at The Phoenician Resort, honoring more than two decades of support for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, incredible live entertainment, dancing, and many surprises throughout the evening. Learn more, become a sponsor, or purchase tickets at https://www.freshstartwomen.org/event/fresh-start-gala.
By donating financially to Fresh Start, you will recieve a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. As an added bonus, if you donate before December 31st, a generous local donor has pledged to match all charitable donations! You can also donate by subscribing to Give Garden and selecting them as your fundraiser- or, if you are already a member, you can change your fundraising recipient month to month! Lastly, donations of time are always accepted, and you can sign up as a volunteer on their website at https://www.freshstartwomen.org/volunteer-and-support/volunteer.