HUMAN SERVICES CAMPUS INC. DBA KEYS TO CHANGE RECEIVES $145,000 MERCY C.A.R.E.S COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT GRANT

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HUMAN SERVICES CAMPUS INC. DBA KEYS TO CHANGE RECEIVES $145,000 MERCY C.A.R.E.S COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT GRANT

To Support Respiro Emergency Shelter on Key Campus

(PHOENIX – March 6, 2024) – Human Services Campus, Inc. dba Keys to Change – a collaborative force of 15 partner organizations with the shared outcome of ending homelessness for people every day – has been awarded a 2023 Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grant in the amount of $145,000. The grant will fund behavioral health specialists at Respiro, a 95-bed emergency shelter on the Key Campus (formerly Human Services Campus).

“[Keys to Change] takes a holistic approach to addressing the challenges of homelessness as well as the issues facing their clients, with mental health among the most important services their data shows they can provide,” said Trisha Stuart, Mercy Care director of community relations. “The Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Reinvestment Grant will support their work in helping clients move from street to home.”

Respiro, which opened in 2022, has a wraparound concept that believes in being the steppingstone to ending homelessness. The 6,300 square-foot prefabricated building is located on the southwest corner of 9th Avenue and Jackson Streets in downtown Phoenix.

“The area surrounding [Key Campus] has seen a drastic rise in homelessness since the pandemic growing from 400 people living in tents on the streets surrounding the campus in 2021 to more than 1,000 people by late 2022, and the numbers continue to rise,” said Keys to Change CEO Amy Schwabenlender. “This grant will directly impact the people experiencing significant barriers to housing, including individuals of advanced age and young adults, medically vulnerable people, domestic violence survivors, veterans and individuals discharged from hospitals overnight.”

Mercy C.A.R.E.S., which stands for Community Action Resources Education and Service, is Mercy Care’s community giving initiative. Through grant funding, sponsorships, volunteer efforts and board participation, Mercy C.A.R.E.S. supports AHCCCS’ Whole Person Care Initiative, which addresses Social Risk Factors to improve health outcomes.

“The work being done through Respiro directly aligns with Mercy C.A.R.E.S. vision to partner with organizations that support mental health and well-being as well as address addressing housing insecurity,” said Stuart.

Contacts:

Amy Schwabenlender
CEO
Keys to Change
602-281-8628

About Keys to Change and Key Campus

Keys to Change (formerly HSC, Inc.) is the overarching organization that owns and manages Key Campus (formerly Human Services Campus) where 15 independent nonprofit organizations power a collaborative force united on one campus to end homelessness. Located just west of downtown Phoenix, Key Campus sees more than 1,000 individuals every day, offering a holistic range of client services including: reunification with family and friends; mental, physical and dental health; shelter; employment; meals; legal services and housing. Having all of these resources in one location with intra-agency communications makes it more feasible to provide a customized engagement for each client to help end their homelessness. Keys to Change is a compassionate connector and strategic partner in a leadership role working to end homelessness. For more information, visit www.hsc-az.org.

About Mercy Care

Mercy Care is a not-for-profit Medicaid managed-care health plan, serving AHCCCS members in Arizona since 1985. Mercy Care is a local company sponsored by Dignity Health and Ascension Health. Mercy Care provides access to physical and behavioral health care services for Medicaid-eligible families, children, seniors, and individuals with developmental/cognitive disabilities. Learn more at www.MercyCareAZ.org.

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