During a Veterans StandDown in Pinal County earlier this year, a non-custodial parent (NCP), named Michael Flores, approached the DES DCSS table and hesitantly asked, "Are you really going to help me?"
Studies show involvement in one’s community can have a tremendous impact on overall well-being. Connections with neighbors, family and friends, while living independently leads to a happier, healthier life. The Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) refers its members to affordable housing opportunities as part of the supportive services offered by its HERO Unit.
Just a few short months ago, Marc Goldman and his daughter, Alexandria were living on the streets of Phoenix. After meeting DES caseworker, Veronica Townsend, this 16-year Army veteran found hope, and a place to live.
Thousands of former inmates return to our communities each year and most encounter significant barriers that impede their chances of successful reentry. Led by Governor Ducey’s initiative to reduce recidivism and provide formerly incarcerated individuals a real second chance, DES and the Arizona Department of Corrections are working together to provide employment opportunities through Second Chance Centers located in state prisons, parole offices, and reentry centers. Results demonstrate that a steady income and fulfilling employment reduces recidivism, but what may not be immediately apparent is the effect employment has on the lives of the returning citizen’s family.
Direct care workers play a critical role in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. DES is looking for compassionate, dedicated people who want to make a difference to those we serve. With rewards higher than they could ever have imagined, learn more about direct care work from those who help others live self-directed, healthy and meaningful lives.
Many July 4th celebrations include parades, fireworks, sparklers and outdoor concerts which can cause sensory overload for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Here are a few tips to help you and your family prepare for a safe, fun and enjoyable holiday.
Nearly 19,000 inmates are released from Arizona penitentiaries each year. In realizing Governor Ducey's goal to provide a real second chance to returning citizens, DES and the Department of Corrections launched the reentry program to help those who are incarcerated enter the workforce upon release.
A summer internship is a great opportunity for anyone to get their foot-in-the-door of a company or field in which they have interest. But how can an intern make the most out of these temporary gigs? Here are 5 tips for making your summer internship count.
Isabella Neal knows what it's like to grow up in a household that is struggling to make ends meet. As a result, she understands how important community resources and social services can be in providing extra stability and security to families in need. Working in the Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Division of Child Support Services allows her to positively impact the lives of Arizonans whose challenges mirror her own personal experiences.