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PCAO and Goodwill again team up to lift up victims of crime, now in Apache Junction and Maricopa
 
Date: 12/11/2013
    
PCAO and Goodwill again team up to lift up victims of crime, now in Apache Junction and Maricopa

PCAO and Goodwill again team up to lift up victims of crime, now in Apache Junction and Maricopa

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (12/11/2013) – On Wednesday, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles, Jim Teter, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona, and Apache Junction Police Chief Tom Kelly announced PCAO and Goodwill’s continuing partnership to assist victims of crime in Pinal County.

Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona is donating $1,250 in vouchers to the Victim’s Services Division within the Pinal County Attorney’s Office to assist crime victims.  This is in addition to Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona’s equally generous donation in October.  In total, Goodwill Industries has donated one-hundred, $25 vouchers to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for crime victims.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “I thank Goodwill for its leaders’ commitment to building stronger communities.  Many times, victims leave their financial support into a homeless environment in an effort to seek a better life.  When we first announced this partnership, these vouchers helped a mother and her child after she reported the child was being sexually assaulted.  While innocent until proven guilty, the individual accused provided the majority of her family’s income.  This courageous mother removed their financial support to keep her child safe and while we continue to take down sexual and violent offenders, community partners such as Goodwill and their support enable us to life up victims and ensure they receive the assistance they need.  With these partnerships and alliances, we create a community-based, vertical-style team prosecution.”

“We are proud to be partnering with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office to assist victims of crime who are striving to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their families,” said Jim Teter, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona.  

Background:

Often, crime victims require assistance immediately after a crime occurs and that assistance manifests itself in a myriad of ways; some victims require hospitalization and others simply need family and friends to help them get back on their feet.  Beyond their emotional or physical needs, a crime victim who cannot return to their home or work is in need of basic household goods, clothing, and new employment.

In early September, PCAO approached Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona regarding the potential of working together to help crime victims.  In October, PCAO announced Goodwill Industries’ eagerness to help as they responded by generously donating fifty-$25 vouchers for PCAO Victim Services to assist crime victims and job assistance, if necessary, through the Casa Grande Job Connection Center. 

Goodwill Industries’ regional coverage of Pinal County is divided, therefore vouchers provided by Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona can be used in their Casa Grande Retail Store and Job Connection Center location and vouchers from Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona can be used in their Apache Junction store location and the City of Maricopa. 

For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at jim.knupp@pinalcountyaz.gov.

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