Native American Connections Awarded $200,000 Grant From The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.
Funding Will Help Support Newly Opened Dunlap Pointe Supportive Housing Community For Veterans
Native American Connections (NAC) has been working to mitigate the mental health, substance abuse, and housing crises in its community for nearly 50 years. In support of these efforts, the organization was awarded a $200,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will support the new Dunlap Pointe, 54-unit, permanent supportive housing community located in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix.
Dunlap Pointe focuses on supporting veterans experiencing homelessness, which includes providing trauma-informed care and assistance through partnerships with local veteran and military organizations.
“Too many veterans, especially those facing PTSD, find themselves struggling with related substance abuse and homelessness,” said Founder and CEO of PXG and U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War Veteran Bob Parsons. “NAC is honoring these neglected heroes by offering long-term solutions through affordable housing and ongoing supportive care.”
Substance use, behavioral health, and homelessness are inextricably connected. Communities like Dunlap Pointe, which offer permanent supportive housing, allow individuals to live independently while having access to cost-effective and compassionate on-site services. These services support residents through substance-use issues, physical and mental health challenges, financial and other obstacles. Native American Connections believes treating the whole person is key to solving these problems.
“We are grateful to The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation for this grant, which will help NAC further our efforts in developing, building, and managing high-quality housing communities and organizing community support to end homelessness,” said Diana Yazzie Devine, President and CEO of Native American Connections.
The Dunlap Pointe housing community shares a campus with the Patina Wellness Center, which offers behavioral health services predicated on the belief that culture and spirituality are essential to healing. Wellness programs are open to all but integrate traditional Native American healing ceremonies with other research-based practices.
“Native American Connections is taking a stand in the fight against homelessness by providing safe and affordable housing and the chance for its residents to be a part of a supportive and healthy community,” said President and Executive Creative Director of PXG Apparel Renee Parsons.
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