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Inspiring Stories from Peoria

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Peoria and surrounding areas below.

Mary Dicaro

Since I was a child, I have always dreamed of being in the medical profession and helping others to live healthier lives. As one of 5 children from an Italian family living just outside of Chicago, I was not encouraged to pursue any particular field or career.  My family life was rather turbulent, chaotic, and traumatic at times and I often escaped into books to restore my equilibrium. Reading books and learning became my chosen “hobby’.  When it was time for me to decide on a college study, I chose pre-med, knowing that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Following college, I pursued Physical Therapy because this field allowed me to work on one with patients and help them to overcome pain and disability. I have worked in the field of physical therapy for 34 years in many capacities including acute care, orthopedics and sports medicine, pain management, education, and as a director of outpatient clinics. Read more>>

Tim Boudreaux

Timoteo’s Spice Co. is in Surprise, Arizona. We are a veteran/family-owned business with handcrafted high-quality gluten-free southwestern spice rubs and BBQ sauce representing the flavors of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Tim has worked as a chef for MGM Studios, The Marina City Club, The Arizona Biltmore, The Wrigley Mansion, and The Phoenician Resort. He also owned his own catering business and was the Corporate Executive Chef for Sodexo at BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona. Tim had a major life-changing accident while working at BlueCross/ BlueShield. A major neck injury kept Tim from working as a chef for 5 years due to pain and inability to stand for long periods of time. It was through this time that we started our spice co. Through many ups and downs, our business took off. Tim and his wife Daphne run the company today. We are in many farmers’ markets through the valley and have a website now and are very active on social media. Our goal is to take our culinary experience and introduce you to the incredible flavors of the American Southwest with our gluten-free spice rubs. Read more>>

Kate Penn

I was a student at Northern Arizona University, studying sociology & studio art. I spent my evenings bartending at a local college bar, and also did lots of local freelance graphic design work on the side. I have always been infatuated with tattoos and began frequenting a well known shop in Downtown Flagstaff known as Mirror Gallery. This shop had a number of very impressive artists and nothing but positive reviews so I become comfortable there quickly. After receiving tattoos from a few of their artists, I was told that the shop was looking for new apprentices and I went ahead and applied. After interviewing with Cam Chase, my mentor and the shop’s owner, I got the job and was beyond excited to be working in a tattoo shop. I worked the counter for about a year and a half before I graduated from NAU and was able to give more of my time to the apprenticeship. Read more>>

Candace Hershberger

I have been on this journey with thirty-one gifts (Praise Bags) since May of 2012! I started this journey because I needed a break from my precious girls, Esther (11) and Naomi (10), that I have the privilege of staying home with every day! It was and is a wonderful way for me to get out and get some girl time and meet amazing new ladies like yourselves! Fast forward to April of 2013, my husband was diagnosed with cancer so my reason for staying and working with thirty-one definitely changed to be a bigger income provider for our family as my hubby went to treatments and Dr appointments and more! Never in a million years would I have thought that this purse selling fun would become a necessity for our little family. We also added a sweet little boy to our family, Titus (7)! I always say that Jesus knew I needed this before I did! My husband’s cancer is finally in remission after 7 years of going through this journey!. Read more>>

Jessica McCann

From my earliest foggy memories, it’s clear I’ve always been drawn to books and words – compelled to gather them, driven to string them together. Some people collect Hummels. Others knit scarves. I collect prose and knit sentences. My writing life (my entire life) has evolved from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of reading- and writing-related experiences. I remember the regular library trips with my parents as a little girl. I embrace the epiphany of parallelism, learned from my high-school English teacher. There have been countless books read and absorbed, from The Velveteen Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh to The Liar’s Club and The Invisible Mountain. As a journalist, I have interviewed dozens of people who enlightened and intrigued me – neurosurgeons, custodians, CEOs, teachers, politicians, garbage truck drivers, Black Jack dealers and more. As a novelist, I have researched historical events and probed the human psyche. My office files are stuffed with snippets of prose, inspiring statements and beautifully constructed paragraphs written by novices and icons alike. My bookshelves overflow. Read more>>

Gxldxn

In 2012, I had started my senior year of high school at Independence High School in Glendale(Go patriots) & I was just over it to be honest, three weeks in I decided to drop out. At the time, I got a lot of pushback from it, I still do, because I was close to graduating but I was just tired if I’m being honest. I also knew that what I wanted to do in life wasn’t in school & I just felt out of place in school. I had a hard time focusing & was just overall uninterested, so I left. I took a year off just enjoying my newfound freedom from schedules & routine just trying to figure it what next & I eventually got my GED thanks to the YMCA.& through that program was able to revive my first laptop as a gift for finishing the program & that’s really where it started but I have to give the backstory because I wouldn’t have gotten to that point if I didn’t take that leap of leaving schooling behind. I started playing with music programs like FL Studio and what not just learning about music & absorbing music because I’ve always had that love of music as far as I can remember. Read more>>

Faun Flora

Faun Flora was started back in 2017. If you want to go further back, I have been playing music ever since I was a little kid. As I approached my teenage years, I knew music was where my heart always was. When I released my first single, “In the Darkness” under a different name in 2014, I got a lot of support and love from my peers and family which is what sort of inspired me to keep writing. Faun Flora was started because I wanted to take my music a step up from the singer-songwriter genre and started writing music with more production. Read more>>

Andrea Pro

My artistic journey began in my hometown of Douglas, Arizona. It’s a small border town along the U.S./Mexico border and is the place that shaped me into the artist I am today. After taking art classes in high school, it felt like I found my life’s purpose and I was set on pursuing an artistic career. During those years, I began showing my artwork in local Art Walks, which really helped me become more confident in sharing my artwork with my community. After high school, I decided to pursue a BFA in Painting at Arizona State University, where I just graduated from this Spring 2021. Currently, I am exploring different career opportunities and working on developing a stronger body of work. Read more>>

DeeAnn Tracy

Looking back, my whole life, from my childhood to my rebellious teenage side, to my college experience, and beyond, was leading me to create Peak Scents, giving me the lessons, the wisdom, and the connection to the earth that prepared me to launch this business. I grew up in my mom’s herb shop in Flagstaff, Arizona. Back in the 70s, far before the essential oil craze and the CBD hype and the resurgence of natural healing and holistic medicine, she knew the power nature offered. She’d studied with Southwest legend Michael Moore and trained in ethnobotany. Creating herbs was cathartic for her, a way to heal to give back to the earth, to share and connect with others.  She met a curandera—a Latina healer—and began to apprentice with her. She wanted to open up her own shop, creating tinctures and tea blends from herbs. Back then, there was a very limited market for that kind of thing. The curandera, Señora Valencia, didn’t understand what drew this young woman into her world. She asked her, “Why would you want to do this? There’s no money in this.” Read more>>

Laura Segall

Laura is an award-winning photographer dedicated to creating unique, thoughtful, and artistic wedding photographs. She studied photography and earned a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. She had worked as a staff photojournalist for publications in Michigan, Maine, Maryland, and Iowa, before putting down roots in Arizona over a decade ago. Her freelance photography has been published in The New York Times, People Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, and Arizona Highways as well as countless national and international publications. Read more>>

Bob Reish

Where I am at today is a series of starting stones and stumbling blocks. Through the years in various industries, I was able to gain experience in telecommunications, ministry and insurance just to name a few. In each instance, I always ended up in the classroom. In the classroom and on stage is where I found my passion. My passion in helping others become not only successful, but significant began to become the thread in my core fabric. Over the years, whether in industry, business or ministry, I was able to hone my systems and processes. As the years passed by, I began to discover I was born to train and coach. Yes, I was always excited to make a sale, finish a project or complete an assignment. I discovered that I was more excited to watch others find their success over my own success. Commissions, bonuses and salary were used to fill needs and wants, the success of others became my true passion. Read more>>

Arizona Youth Against Hate

Our organization was founded by 3 Asian American high school students, who felt hopeless about the rise in hate crimes against Asian American. In order to be proactive in our community, we formed Arizona Youth Against Hate. We put out weekly Instagram content related to hate crimes including how to report hate crimes in different cities and overall raising awareness about hate crimes and hate incidents. Our goal is to help minorities throughout our community in any way possible, whether that be through creating a stand alone hate crime law, or helping local nonprofits on the ground. We believe in the power of the younger generation and we seek to make real change. Our main priority is to recruit passionate youth across Arizona who are interested in combating hate towards all marginalized communities. Read more>>

Brian Sheldon Hayes

I grew up in Rochester, NY, and the majority of my childhood was spent outside in the Adirondack mountains or in the lakes and mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. It was there that I developed a love and respect for the outdoors that has shaped who I am. After graduating college with a degree in Biology focusing on Wildlife Behavior in Ithaca, NY, I moved out west to explore the wilderness and wildlife that is so abundant out here. I worked with marine life in Washington, studied and monitored endangered owls and other animals in California, worked as a ski bum and outdoor educator in Colorado, and now find myself in Arizona. I even tried out Flagstaff for a bit but decided that the community in Phoenix was exactly what I needed. I’m now building my practice and community so that I can continue to show my love for the outdoors, and how important it is for us to come together to respect the planet so that we can leave it a better place than we found it. Read more>>

Maineflixzz

Growing up as a kid, both my grandfathers inspired me with their photography. One took photographs for the U.S. Army and the other was a wedding/studio photographer. I can remember how happy I felt when they shared their work with me. My childhood centered around playing sports but by the time I was in high school, I would catch myself always editing pictures on my cell phone to the point that I would be distracted from class. In college, I was pursuing basketball and a Media/Communications degree but quickly realized I wanted to be my own boss. After graduating college I took the risk of starting my own business with the hobby I always enjoyed – photography and videography. So I packed my car and moved across the country from a small town in Ohio to San Francisco, CA. Read more>>

Jennifer Everett

My love for God only grows as I continue to learn about his designs, and I’ve become more committed to using them (naturals) in my life the more I learn. But though I’m tremendously blessed by the turn of events, I didn’t set out to grow my own food. My journey began with the discovery that the electric rate in Phoenix was higher than in Seattle and that my cooling bill in the summer would be far bigger than I’d planned for. It was in asking around for plants that would quickly shade my windows that I was introduced to fresh figs and fell in love with the idea of growing my own food, but the potted fig trees that were suggested hardly met my original need of shading windows.  A seed company told me of another fast-growing tree to try, and it worked much better partly because it truly does grow quickly and partly because it doesn’t mind staying in a pot. It is also highly unusual in that it fruits a good deal in less than a year when grown from seed! Most fruit trees take several years to fruit for the first time and even longer if started from seed. Read more>>

Rani Reichow

My love for dance team began in high school when I made the varsity pom squad. There’s something unique and addictive about dancing on a team compared to studio dancing; the level of athleticism and competitiveness, the camaraderie of being on a team, and of course, the dancing. I went on to dance in college and then for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. I knew from the moment I made my high school team that dance team would be a part of my life for a long time. I have always had a natural ability to perfect routines and to know what’s impactful on the floor, so looking back, it’s no surprise that I began coaching right out of high school and instructing at summer dance camps during my college summers. My last coaching job was a six-year stint as the Director of the Pinnacle High School Spiritline, coaching both the cheer and dance teams, and the program quickly became known for winning, school spirit, and a culture of leadership and service. Read more>>

Caleb Riutta

Let’s rewind back to the hot summer of 2017. I was in Phoenix under painful and personal circumstances; I was attending my mother’s funeral. At the time, my wife gave birth to my second baby the day before my mother passed. I was residing in Finland (Northern Europe) and was working on my Bachelor’s thesis. Life took on another meaning with the birth of my baby and the passing of my mother. It was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I stayed in Arizona for a month after the funeral to work for my brother’s roofing company to recuperate my plane ticket and stay in Phoenix. I was a broke student with 2 kids and a wife to support in another country, and our car was burning an exorbitant amount of oil. My friend from school approached me with a business idea. He proposed that we start a Web Design and SEO company in Arizona. He is from Germany and already had experience building and optimizing websites. Being hungry and in need to work towards something bigger in my life, I readily agreed. Read more>>

Cierra Dorsey

KD’s Homestead Market was created as a platform for black creatives in the domestic arts. The co-op was conceptualized during the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, and extreme social unrest. We knew that feminine healing in the form of grace, beauty, and softness was needed within our communities, so we rounded up a small group of creatives, put our minds/talents to work, and started popping up in Washington, DC and Phoenix. The co-op currently consists of a yoga instructor, writer, herbalist, chef, lactation consultant, resin artist, chemist/soapmaker and postpartum doula, In January 2021, we condensed our physical operation solely to Phoenix, where we began our journey as full-time farmers outside of our city homesteads. We can be found hosting educational events, coffee ceremonies, plant/seed swaps, and intimate dining experiences throughout The Valley. Read more>>

Tonya Hance

I started in rescue in 2009, I was with New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue for 5 1/2 yrs., They closed their doors. I took a bit of a break. joined 2 different rescues, I then decided I wanted to run a rescue the way I was showed and started Heeling Heelers Hearts in Jan of 2015. Read more>>

Dana Burns

My story began in October 2005, I met a guy, whose wife had recently died, and his 6 month old daughter had just been released from the hospital. He and I were in a relationship that soon turned into a situationship; it was one of the most toxic and unhealthy environments I’ve ever encountered. He was in and out of jail or prison; seldomly at home with the child and I; mind you she fed through a g-tube; was on a heart monitor, and oxygen 24/7. November 2011, I finally let go; however, the child remained with me because he was being sentenced to prison for 5 years. Fast Forward to December 2016, about a year after he was released from prison, at the age of 11, the State of Arizona removed her from my custody, because I wasn’t biologically related; put her in his care; three months later he was involved in a felony flight from the Phoenix PD, with the child in the car, loaded pistol in the car, drunk driving, weed and meth in the car, suspended license, and they kept her in his care, until I began going to the courts to regain custody. Read more>>

Seltzer Papi

I am #PoppinSeltzers. Seltzer Papi was created a year ago in August of 2020 after some unprecedented events changed a man’s life forever. I lost my job, dyed my hair blue and cracked open a nice cold Whiteclaw. After having a few beverages of the adult variety, I realized a gap in the alcohol review space when it came to hard seltzers. So, I took it upon myself to fire it up and give the people what they want. I have now reviewed over 200 individual hard seltzers and record quick video reviews (everything has to be quick these days!). I’d be more than happy to give recommendations or let people know what the top seltzers aka slappers are in the space. Some of my videos have got hundreds of thousands of views on Instagram thru Reels or via TikTok doing wild challenges. #FireItUp. Read more>>

Lesley Johnsen

When I got out of the Air Force in 2002, my roommate was doing a certification course for massage therapy. On a whim, I decided to join her. I had just finished my BA in Psychology, but knew that there was more to “being healthy” than what I could address through basic counseling skills. I completed my massage therapy training and a whole new world of therapeutic options opened up to me. Our bodies need to be tended in a loving way in order to heal traumas on all levels. And yet, there was something still missing. I found this missing piece when I started training in Five-Element Acupuncture: The Spirit. Acupuncture allows us to access and heal all levels of our being – The Mind/Body/Spirit – in a safe, natural and tangible way. I have now been nationally certified and licensed as an acupuncturist for over ten years, and continue to learn and grow in order to serve my clients in the way that works best for them. Read more>>

Nancy Brito

In the summer of 2020, I found myself laid off from my Job of 6 years thanks to world pandemic. Feeling confused and a little lost I walked into my monthly facial appointment. My Aesthetician casually mentioned that she was looking for a licensed individual to rent out one of her studios. With my heart racing, I shared with her that I was a Licensed Aesthetician but quickly threw in that I was so not ready to go all in but I knew a lot of Esties that could be interested. Thankfully, my girl didn’t let off the hook that easy and she said “why don’t YOU take the room!” I was super hesitant and after about 20 excuses explaining why I wasn’t the one, I put a little faith in myself and agreed. When I went home all I wanted to do was call her and cancel everything! Lol I’m glad I didn’t. Today, I can’t see myself doing anything else. Read more>>

Sara Stepnicka

After the great housing crash of 08′, we ended up making a life-changing decision to move out West. Arizona was always of interest to us, something about the Sonoran Desert, the crisp blue skies, the mountains, and the variety of climates within the state was extremely alluring to us. Plus, with 300+ days of sunshine a year, we were sold before ever visiting. Around 2014, we moved out here from Michigan and immersed ourselves in everything we could around the Metro-Phoenix area. Falling in love with hiking almost immediately upon our arrival, and the beauty found on the hiking trails inspired us to no end. Little did we know a couple of years later it would set us on the path of creating a candle line named after and figuratively inspired by our favorite hiking trails in the region. Read more>>

Gene Locklear

I’ve had a blessed life I got to do two of my passions… Playing professional baseball for the New York Yankee’s, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padre’s and the Japan Nippon Ham Fighters. While I was playing I painted during off season. My dream started when I was 8 years old in an old American Indian grade school from seeing a college team playing ball. I thought the uniforms were the prettiest I had ever seen. My dreams of becoming an artist started when I saw an older kid in the school working on a bulletin board for our teacher… From that day, I started sketching to become good with anything it takes commitment determination and loving what you do. I started entering local art shows at 8/9/10 years old by the time I was freshman in high school I started taking correspondent courses in art. When I finished high school I received a commercial art degree. During my 10 years playing ball, during the off season, I painted and sold my art. Read more>>

Stefanie Booker Atchison

Over 25 years ago, I didn’t like the woman staring back at me in the mirror. Back then, I had let the experiences of my life beat me down. Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor. Single mother at 21. By the time I was 30, I had survived 2 failed marriages, drug addiction, and domestic violence. I did not feel very great. In fact, I did not really think much of myself at all. Since I didn’t like myself, it was easier to focus on everyone BUT me. But it can get exhausting trying to please everyone else. I just wanted to figure out how to be comfortable walking around in my skin and get to work on time. Because I didn’t know what I didn’t know, I thought it best to start at the beginning. I started my path by learning the basics of mediation, mindfulness. I went back to school, studying everything from Metaphysics to Transformational Psychology and almost everything in between. Read more>>

Daphne Greene

I was a little music nerd from very early on. I always loved singing to the radio and dancing around the house, and picked up the trumpet in grade school which gave me opportunities to perform in band ensembles and eventually as a solo performer. Late in grade school, I also took to acting, having been peer pressured into joining the school play by my friend, and ended up getting the lead role as a satirical version of Regis Philbin in a play called ‘Who’s Dying to Be a Millionaire?’. That was really the moment I knew that I loved performing for an audience. At the end of high school, I was playing trumpet so much I started developing some serious TMJ, a jaw disorder that became so painful I couldn’t eat without it hurting, and had just recently picked up the guitar which I enjoyed even more than the trumpet since I could sing and play at the same time. It was on my first day of college at ASU that I went with my friend Jordan to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert, ended up getting selected to be part of a chili pepper eating contest hosted by a local radio station outside the event, and won front row tickets for me and my friend. Read more>>

Carly Gilleland

I was exposed to video production during my years attending Arcadia High School. I created a short documentary about my sister who has special needs. After seeing the impact it made on my classmates, I realized this is what I wanted to do for a living – tell people’s stories that have a positive impact. After attending film school in California, I moved back home to Arizona and slowly & organically built The Good Vibe Media to what it is today! It has definitely come full circle now with us operating out of Arcadia and opening up our studio there! We now are a video production agency, have 5 full time female filmmakers and produce high quality video for brands, weddings & events. The Arcadia neighborhood obviously has a very special place in my heart as I grew up here. Over the years, a lot of our clientele has been in the Arcadia/Phoenix/Scottsdale area, so it made the most since for us to have our office there. We actually have been officing out of The Marilyn over the past few years and have developed a great relationship with the owners. It ended up working out that we are building out the studio in the same building!. Read more>>

Romekia Brown

Born and raised in Mississippi, Romekia is a true country girl with a city grind. Romekia grew up in Crystal Springs with her parents and her 6 siblings. From a young age, Romekia always dreamed of becoming a teacher. Her passion for teaching was undeniable. She received her degree from college in Early Childhood Education and began working with children with special needs. In 2017, Romekia relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Originally, Romekia made this move to begin again with a fresh outlook on life. However, the surrounding beauty of Arizona made her realize something that she had longed for quite some time: her own inner beauty. Romekia felt a calling to break out of her shy cocoon and spread her wings for the world to see. Among her many talents, Romekia has taken the time to perfect her individuality in the modeling industry as she is exploring into Commercial advertising, and Commercial print. Read more>>

Ely Triani

I’m from Bandung – Indonesia. Few years back, I had working as secretary at a well-known company. I’ve been working there for 16 years before. First 8 years I worked in my hometown. Next 8 years, I was moved out of my hometown 3 – 4 hours away from my husband, my daughter and my family. I used to love my job. I used to work from 7 am until 8 or 9 pm. I used to go back to my hometown every weekend. Year after year, and I thought I feel tired. I feel bored with my daily routine, bored with the office. I feel tired of had a little time with my loved ones. So I decided to get out of my comfort zone, even in the midst of this pandemic situation. Last may I decided to leave my job. I have rest for 3 months, and this last 2 months I run my culinary business. I used 3 months of my resting time to think and plan of what should I do first. So the easiest thing as a housewife, I learn to cook. Because I’ve never cook before, during the year of my marriage. I started to learn to cook by myself. Read more>>

Candy Scott

I am a multidisciplinary artist known by the handle TechNoirCandy, I design a futurism athleisure line of clothing under the same name. I create collages from paper, photographs, found objects and remix them into glitch art. I use my glitch art as a basis for a story to tell on the prints found on the clothing I design. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to create fashion. I remember being very keenly aware of what people were wearing or how certain outfits and textures made me feel. Like many designers, I taught myself how to sew by hand with a needle and thread at age seven. They were very small projects clothes for my dolls for instance, but a few years later, it grew into costumes for my 5th grade play. It wasn’t until my twenties that I learned how to sew with a machine. Read more>>

La’Quesha Klines

I am the brand owner of Elle’Kay and under that brand, I run multiple businesses. This grand idea all started with an inspirational sermon my Pastor preached more than three years ago, Encouraging us believers to step out into the entrepreneurial world with God’s blessing. I thought to myself “what am I good at, what do I love doing, what could I form a business off of?” And the thought came that I loved to sew and make things with my hands. I love fashion, dressing myself and my two sons as well as other people. So I ran with it, creating custom accessories for other families, such as bow ties, ties, earrings, hair bows and now masks! Today, that business, Bows N Ties has touched many homes all over the world, and into the hearts of many brides and grooms. We have now set off into the bridal world officially, creating custom accessories for the entire bridal party. But Elle’Kay just doesn’t stop there! With COVID taking the world by shock and planting fear in the hearts and homes people all across the world. Read more>>

Nikki Ortega

I love Mexican candy and a family friend introduced me to a new twist on Sour Patch watermelon slices. I instantly loved them but the person she ordered from was always sold out and I wanted more of these delicious dulces. One of my sisters told me I should try and make some for us, so I watched a few YouTube videos and made some for myself and my family and my coworkers. Everyone loved it and wanted more so I started making small batches and taking them into work. I am a nurse and let me tell you nurses love quick treats like these that we can get a quick bite of sugar to keep going. With the help of my family, friends word began to spread about my side hustle and my little business began to grow. I started with these small little bags that were $4 each and I only made three flavors. Our Sandia Mix of the OG as we call it which has three types of watermelon candy; watermelon rings, Sour Patch watermelon slices and watermelon chunks. Read more>>

Tabatha Marden

Working in schools doing Speech Therapy, I witness kids/teens struggle with mental health, confidence, and social anxiety, which Impacts their relationships, academics and overall well-being. As well as teachers and parents who feel depleted, stressed and anxious more than ever. According to CDC, 1/3 of kids are diagnosed with anxiety disorder by age 18 years old, starting at age six years old. It’s devastating to know the third leading cause of death in the United States is suicide, which played a huge role in my inspiration to educate myself and others on preventing these tragedies. The key to prevention is social-emotional learning (SEL). Read more>>

Guy and Joanne Penns

Heaven’s Healing Hands was formed in September of 2017 by Guy & Joanne Penns. The organization was driven by our passion to serve the people of God. We would leave our faith-based service at Kingdom in The Valley Christian Church under Pastors Reginald & Kelly Steele. After seeing the number of homeless people in the Sunny Slope area increasing weekly, it was so alarming, so we decided to take action, starting with buying 200 sandwiches from a local fast-food restaurant and the same number of bottles of water. We would serve people from the Sunny Slope neighborhood to the Human Services Campus / CASS in downtown Phoenix on a weekly basis. So the organization was birthed. Read more>>

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