PCAO and Goodwill team up to lift up victims of crime
CASA GRANDE, AZ (10/15/2013) – Today, Suzanne Lawder, President of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona, and Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles held a press conference announcing a strategic and beneficial partnership to assist victims of crime in Pinal County.
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 and Goodwill Industries eagerly responded by generously donating fifty ‐$25 vouchers for PCAO Victim Services to assist crime victims for calendar year 2013. While discussing viable options to best help these individuals, a partnership was struck and now victims in need of job assistance are additionally being referred to the Casa Grande Job Connection Center for assistance with résumé writing and interview preparedness.
In Pinal County, vouchers provided by Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona can be used in their Casa Grande Retail Store and Job Connection Center location. Additionally, PCAO approached Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona and hopes to ensure victims throughout Pinal County are able to receive assistance from any Goodwill location in Pinal County.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “In many situations, victims leave their financial support into a homeless environment in an effort to seek a better life. Just last week, 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 from their lives 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 lift up victims and ensure they receive the assistance they need. With these partnerships and alliances, we create a community-‐based, vertical-‐style team prosecution.”
Lawder, President of Goodwill Industries of South Arizona, said, “The community’s generosity through donations and shopping at our stores is what allows us to provide these vouchers to crime victims of Pinal County. It’s just another way we’re giving back to the community and we’re very proud to partner with PCAO.”
For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.