Child Crisis Arizona Fostering Bright Futures with Opus Foundation® Support

For 45 years, Child Crisis Arizona has provided crisis and long-term prevention and intervention programs that strengthen families and provide kids in Maricopa County with resources for a more stable and successful future.

The Opus Foundation® has supported Child Crisis Arizona since 2017 and recently upped its commitment with a $100,000 grant for the nonprofit's Fostering Bright Futures expansion capital campaign, a strong fit with the Foundation's youth development and early childhood education focus areas.

“Opus is investing in the future of our families and we couldn't be more grateful to have their support and commitment," said Jodi Stoken, Chief Development Officer, Child Crisis Arizona. “They are looking at communities as a whole and helping to move entire communities forward by supporting nonprofits with similar missions."

Preventing Emergency Situations

Child Crisis Arizona provides children and youth a safe environment free from abuse and neglect with programs that create strong and successful families. It started as an emergency shelter and grew to offer services to help prevent emergency situations.

Since its founding, Child Crisis Arizona has served more than 60,000 children and families through three program areas: prevention, intervention and early childhood education. Prevention services include family education and home visitation programs that increase parenting skills, build strong families and reduce child abuse and neglect. The intervention program serves children in the foster care system with placement services, an emergency shelter and counseling program. The early education program serves two Early Head Start Programs, one in Phoenix and another in Mesa, and a preschool in Phoenix. It recently extended its continuum of care by adding a 24-bed independent foster teen living program and two early education classrooms in Phoenix.

Fostering Brighter Futures Expansion

The Fostering Brighter Futures expansion campaign will provide for the construction of a new 38,000-square-foot Child and Family Wellness Center in Mesa. Child Crisis Arizona anticipates increasing the number of individuals it serves by nearly 30% once the center is completed. It will house foster care and adoption, counseling, family education and other programming as well as administrative staff. Additionally, the increased space will allow for centralized, coordinated services as well as expanded wrap-around services, many in collaboration with other local organizations, such as distribution of basic necessities, medical screenings, therapeutic dance and art classes, job skills and mentoring for foster teens and more.

The organization's ninth facility in the greater Phoenix area, the new Wellness Center will be strategically located between two existing program facilities, the early childhood education facility and an emergency children's shelter. Child Crisis Arizona hopes to break ground in the fourth quarter of 2022 and complete construction by the end of 2023.

Investing in the Future of the Community

The Opus Foundation was introduced to Child Crisis Arizona by Larry Pobuda, Executive Vice President & General Manager, several years ago.

“Child Crisis Arizona does incredible work to set children up for a successful future," Larry said. “By giving kids hope for a bright tomorrow, the organization is strengthening families and the community as a whole."

The Opus Foundation has provided Child Crisis Arizona with more than $212,000 in grants, many of which have supported the organization's early education programs. The $100,000 grant for the Fostering Brighter Futures expansion is the Foundation's largest grant to the organization to date.

“The Opus Foundation is proud to support Child Crisis as it continues to grow its footprint in providing vital programming for children and families," said Kristin Ridley​, Executive Director of the Opus Foundation. “This Center will offer a continuum of quality services and leverage the resources of partner organizations to meet the complex needs of the community."

“Larry and his team have been very supportive of our work and the Opus Foundation has been great to work with," Jodi said. “The Foundation's commitment to bettering the lives of children and families in the community has been evident from the first moment of their involvement with us. Their positivity and desire to help move things forward in the areas they are working speaks volumes to Opus' culture and investment in community."


The Opus Foundation​®​ is the corporate foundation for Opus, and is building community for a better tomorrow by supporting projects and programs that make our communities better places to live, work and raise families. The Foundation is committed to improving conditions that disproportionately affect historically underinvested individuals and communities by resourcing key focus areas of early childhood education, youth development, workforce development, community revitalization and pressing/emerging needs. Read more about the Foundation's work. The Opus Foundation is a separate entity from The Opus Group and is led by its own Board of Directors.