Note from the CEO, January Contreras
On behalf of our board of directors and our legal team, I want to thank the many people and organizations that have provided tremendous support to Arizona Legal Women And Youth Services, also known as Project ALWAYS, since we opened our doors eight months ago. The free legal services we provide are in demand and we feel privileged to serve young women and men who are taking charge of their own paths despite experiencing homelessness or abuse or trafficking. I am proud to report we have also created several key partnerships with trusted community organizations that have long-served at-risk young adults and we thank them for believing in our work and referring people they serve to Project ALWAYS for legal needs.
When we began this journey last year, our team knew Arizona Legal Women And Youth Services could be a strong force for helping young Arizonans overcome legal obstacles. Now, thanks to our supporters, we are achieving that goal every day. I am grateful. Although our clients’ life experiences often involve difficult circumstances, our work is made easier by their determination and resilience. Whether we are asking a judge to set aside a client’s shoplifting conviction, helping a young mom obtain an Order of Protection, or assisting a homeless youth with a DACA immigration application, we feel privileged to be a part of removing barriers that stand in the way of safety, employment, or other paths to self-sufficiency.
Please take a moment to read the client stories featured in this newsletter and stay tuned in the coming months for more Project ALWAYS news and events including a reception in October.
Also, if you are interested in volunteering or partnering with us, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.