GAP MINISTRIES

Tucson, AZ   |  www.gapmin.com

Mission

GAP's mission is simple: Standing in the GAP for those in need. Bringing help to children, healing to families, and hope to the community.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Mr. Greg Ayers

Executive Director

Mrs. Pam Ayers

Main address

2861 N. Flowing Wells Rd. Suite #161

Tucson, AZ 85705 USA

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EIN

86-0999503

NTEE code info

Residential, Custodial Care (Group Home) (P70)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Though we have numerous programs that serve so many in need, what we have come to realize is foster care touches almost every program we operate. GAP has been in this community for 20 years and we have seen firsthand how abuse and neglect impact a child and, more importantly, where it stems from. Poverty is the number one indicator of abuse and neglect and substance abuse is a growing trigger as well. For years we have built our community programs in order to bridge that GAP of poverty and substance abuse but we have learned that this issue isn’t really poverty or substance abuse at all. Those are triggers that elevate the symptoms of a much deeper issue. There is a culture of neglect and abuse that is passed down from generation to generation. If that is how you were raised- how are you expected to change that behavior without the tools to do so?

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SPLASH --- CHILDREN

What if these stories were your reality?

“Dad broke my arm because I forgot to clean my room.”
“My body is sold to mom’s friends to pay for her drugs.”
“I was placed in foster care at birth after testing positive for meth.”

Abuse and neglect in any form is traumatic and debilitating.

Children who have lived through this devastating reality need the stability and love of a family. GAP’s SPLASH homes employ a unique family model in which married couples (mom and dad) live in-home and, along with support staff, help children with homework, teach them how to do chores, eat dinner as a family and even take vacations together! Large sibling groups are able to stay together and children who were once deemed “unadoptable” due to severe abuse are rehabilitated through integrative care, often finding permanent placement in loving homes. It is in SPLASH homes that children are taught what it means to be loved, cared for and protected; it is here that they learn what it means to be part of a family.

GAP currently operates 10 SPLASH homes, caring for more than 400 victims of abuse and neglect every year.

“It’s love as soon as you walk in the door.” (Huran, former SPLASH child).

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Children and youth

Between the ages of 18-21, children in the foster care system “age out” of the foster care system and are forced to navigate life with little to no support. For a child who has spent most of their life shuffled between their biological parents, kinship placements and foster homes, this is a traumatic and terrifying experience.
MERGE targets young adults at perhaps their most vulnerable ages (16-21) and empowers them with the attitudes, knowledge, skills and practices necessary to live an independent and fulfilling life. Foster youth living in GAP's SPLASH Houses are taught the necessary skills to be able to age successfully out of foster care into adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

In 2015 GAP Ministries received the state contract to train and license individuals and couples to become foster parents. We are excited about another opportunity to help find homes for the 17,000 children in Arizona currently in the foster system.
Our program is unique because we have so many resources available to families who seek licensing through us. We are able to provide clothing, food, and other household items through our Community Impact Warehouse.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

Allyna was 10 years old when the police burst into her home, arresting her parents and taking her into protective custody. Removed from the only home she ever knew and separated from her brothers, her home was now with strangers. All the hurt, anger and sadness from years of abuse and neglect came flooding to the surface and she began to act out, running away from her foster family. Then the courts ordered supervised visits with her mom, dad and siblings. These frequent, supervised visits with her biological family provided stability and security for Allyna. She began to trust her parents again as she witnessed their demeanor change through counseling and assistance. Allyna cried for her mom, dad and her brothers when visits would conclude but began to wait with expectancy every week for Monday nights - family night.
GAP provides a safe place for court-mandated supervised visitation between birth parents and children like Allyna who have been removed by the Department of Child Safety (DCS) due to neglect and abuse. The ultimate goal is reunification of families when possible. In order to ease the pain of separation, as well as motivate parents to work toward having their cases closed, it has been shown that frequent, consistent, predictable and engaging visitation is incredibly beneficial to both the child and the parent.
The heartbreaking reality for the majority of supervised visits is that most parents are so disengaged from the lives of their children that they don’t understand how to even begin to relate to them on a very basic level. This evident disconnect causes discouragement in parents who then disengage even more, leading to a prolonged reunification or, sadly, a refusal to pursue reunification altogether.
The longer these children spend in this transitional period- not knowing whether or not they will be reunified with their biological parents- the more damage is done. Family-centered supervised visitation allows biological parents the opportunity to learn healthy family behaviors in a safe environment.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

GAP’s Community warehouse partners with Good 360, local organizations and over 35 non-profits in order to redistribute fresh food and basic needs items to over 4,000 families weekly. Over 759,000 pounds of produce and perishable items are distributed annually throughout the community by GAP’s partner nonprofits and churches. Southern Arizona nonprofits that serve the marginalized annually receive over $836,000 worth of hygiene items, paper goods, cleaning supplies etc. from GAP’s warehouse.
We have made a commitment to support foster families by providing needed resources so that they are encouraged to continue providing safe and loving homes for children in need. We also work with biological parents to ensure safe living conditions and adequate resources so that they are able to reunite with their children, and provide a secure and loving home where they will thrive.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

GAP Kitchen was borne out of a practical need to reclaim the 759,000 pounds of quality, highly-perishable food donated to us through a strategic partnership with Good 360, and local and corporate vendors. When we first began bringing food into our warehouse, we were frustrated at the amount of produce we knew would go to waste, even after redistributing several thousand pounds to the community on a weekly basis.
We desperately needed a commercial kitchen that would allow us to reclaim passed-over ingredients, creating delicious meals for the food insecure in our community. Every day our chefs are put to the "Chopped" test, turning mystery ingredients into masterpieces for those in need.
In 2014, The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation partnered with GAP, donated needed funding to complete a commercial kitchen that has allowed us to produce 50,000 meals annually since then.
GAP Kitchen serves three primary programs within our organization:
1. Feed Our Kids: GAP's after-school feeding program, working to ensure that no child goes hungry. At risk, low-income students in Title 1 schools and after-school programs throughout Pima County are served a warm, nutritious meal after school; statistically, over 40% of whom would go hungry otherwise.
2. GAP Culinary Training Program: Serves at-risk, low-income and/or homeless youth and adults by providing quality education to under-employed, unemployed and otherwise at-risk individuals. We desire to mentor students, giving them the opportunity to acquire skills that will allow them to move beyond surviving into thriving careers in the culinary industry.
3. Provide meals to "homeless" children (400+ annually) in our care (SPLASH program) as well as hundreds of foster children during their court-mandated supervised visitation

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

GAP Culinary Training Program serves at-risk, low-income, recently-released, and/or homeless youth and adults by providing quality education to under-employed, unemployed and otherwise at-risk individuals. We desire to mentor students, giving them the opportunity to acquire skills that will allow them to move beyond surviving into thriving careers in the culinary industry.
Our target demographic come to us because their lives are in shambles. They are repeat offenders, felons, addicts who have lost their home, their livelihood, their children, and their dignity.
Those who choose to place their future in our hands for 10-weeks are incredibly capable of success regardless of past choices because they are imbued with an indomitable spirit and need only the tools to succeed. Culinary Training Classes run Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Students learn everything from basic knife skills and kitchen sanitation practices to catering and food truck operation. In addition, they receive national certification through ServSafe, which is a nationally recognized accreditation in kitchen sanitation practices.
A majority of their daily schedule is allotted to working through boundaries to meaningful employment and discovering the pitfalls of perpetual poverty. Students must complete financial literacy training, and are given the opportunity to create, market, and distribute a food product in order to build a savings account throughout the program.
“For the first time in a long time, I have hope.” (Shane)
Students give back throughout this program (while learning on the job) as they are responsible for preparing over hundreds of meals and snacks daily to low-income children, adults and seniors throughout Pima County.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

SPLASH --- CHILDREN

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2016, 27 children were connected to loving foster and adoptive families. This provides stability for children who are hurting.

Number of children reunified with biological parents

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

SPLASH --- CHILDREN

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2016, 196 children were reunified with their biological parents! Numerous studies show that, when possible, this is the best outcome for children in foster care. Our hope is to see families healed

Number of children cared for in SPLASH homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

SPLASH --- CHILDREN

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2016, SPLASH cared for 405 abused and neglected children! Our goal is to see these children rehabilitated and either reunified when possible or placement in foster to adopt homes.

Number of Court-Mandated Supervised Visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Parents

Related Program

Foster Care Supervised Visitation--- FAMILY

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Supervised Visitation provided 3,091 safe and interactive visits between children in care and their families at GAP's Impact Center.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

887,000 pounds of food was rescued and redistributed to individuals and families struggling with food insecurity last year!

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

GAP Community Impact Warehouse---- COMMUNITY

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

GAP Kitchen provided meals by reclaiming highly perishable food donations, transforming these ingredients into healthy meals for the community.

Number of families receiving product weekly

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

GAP Community Impact Warehouse Partners impacted struggling families through distributions of food, hygiene and other basic needs items.

Numer of food insecure children weekly receiving food services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

GAP Community Impact Warehouse---- COMMUNITY

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Elementary-aged students receive a hot and nutritious meal every week. These are vulnerable children who might otherwise have gone hungry after school.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers are critical to our success and we are grateful to host large groups as well as individual volunteers each and every day!

Number of licensed foster families as a result of the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Related Program

Foster Care Licensing & Training---- FAMILY

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

GAP licenses and supports foster caregivers so that children in the foster care system are cared for in loving, healthy homes while they transition to either reunification or adoption.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

GAP Culinary Training Program--- COMMUNITY

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This 10 week program is rigorous and challenging for all who participate. We have a placement rate of over 90% post-graduation in high-end restaurants, resorts, and nonprofit kitchens.

Number of Completed Skill Sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Related Program

Foster Care Supervised Visitation--- FAMILY

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Skill Sessions are available for parents who have been identified as at-risk for the Department of Child Safety intervention. These Skills Sessions are critical to maintaining family stability.

Number of Parent Aide Visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Family relationships

Related Program

Foster Care Supervised Visitation--- FAMILY

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Parent Aide services help parents who have are in the process of reunification learn needed skills in order to ensure a safe environment for their children, and smooth transition during reunification.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GAP has been an advocate for children and at-risk populations since 1999, serving in 3 core areas:
CHILDREN: GAP cares for over 400 foster children and teens annually in 10 family-model group homes in Tucson. Siblings are able to stay together while in care due to the larger size of our homes and children are given love and support through the stability afforded through a family model. Teens and young adults are given additional support to successfully “age out" of foster care through mentoring, job skills training and independent living programs.
FAMILY: GAP certifies foster parents in order to provide a safe environment for children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. We also supervise court-mandated visitations between children and their families, with the desire that children and parents reestablish a healthy relationship while working toward family reunification when possible.
COMMUNITY: GAP's Community Impact Warehouse partners with Good 360, local organizations and over 35 non-profits in order to redistribute fresh food and basic needs items to over 4,000 families weekly. Over 759,000 pounds of produce and perishable items are distributed annually throughout the community by GAP's partner nonprofits and churches. Southern Arizona nonprofits that serve the marginalized annually receive over $836,000 worth of hygiene items, paper goods, cleaning supplies etc. from GAP's warehouse. GAP Culinary Training Program provides on the job training to young adults; students increase their marketability while giving back to the community by preparing meals for thousands of low-income, at-risk children and families throughout Pima County.

Our long-term goal is to see an overall reduction in DCS contact within these key demographics.
If we can strengthen the family, we protect our greatest asset, our children. A strong family equals safe and healthy children which equals children who never experience the trauma of abuse or neglect which equals less children entering foster care.

In the past 20 years of service to this community we have discovered that, in order to effectively serve those who are hurting it is imperative that we continually evolve in these areas to Stand in the GAP for the children and families we serve, with the strong hope and sincere desire that generational cycles of poverty, addiction, and a growing foster care system can be healed ONE LIFE at a time. Breaking these cycles through the power of God can lead to HEALTHIER FAMILIES and this creates TRANSFORMED COMMUNITIES.
In each of our core focus areas there has been a notable shift over the years in providing sustainable services that empower struggling individuals to move from a position of surviving to thriving.
Children- SPLASH revealed a heartbreaking reality for children who age out of care. GAP now offers transitional housing and life-skills programs to help these young adults navigate independent adulthood.
Family- In an effort to connect on a deeper level with parents who have lost custody of their children, GAP began supervising Visitation between children and their biological parents. Our hope is to see these families restored whenever possible and to offer continual support to break this cycle of neglect and abuse.
Community- GAP Kitchen was borne out of a practical need to reclaim 759,000 pounds of quality, highly-perishable food donated to us through a strategic partnership with local and corporate vendors.
When we first began bringing food into our warehouse, we were frustrated at the amount of produce we knew would go to waste, even after redistributing several thousand pounds to the community on a weekly basis. GAP Kitchen has become an incredible program that allows us to serve the community both through distribution (over 1,200 at-risk elementary-aged children served every week) and job skills training and placement for those in need of a second chance.
In late 2020, we launched a capital campaign to re-home GAP Corporate offices to a location that would allow us to build out a Family Engagement Center. Our Trauma Informed approach will feature school programs that not only assist in meeting educational and nutritional needs but teaching children how to self-regulate and effectively deal with and respond to the traumatic issues they have experienced.
This will be the most targeted preventative care we have ever offered, designed to offer tools and support to parents who were raised in a culture of abuse and neglect so that they will learn how to break that cycle and care for their children. In our new facility we will offer free, evidence-based parenting courses, substance abuse education, grief recovery, GED completion and much more so families will be strengthened with skills to overcome the cycles that have devastated them for years.

We are a contracted agency for the State of Arizona and currently hold 4 contracts for services. Residential Care, Supervision/Parent Aid Services, Home Recruitment and Supervision, and Foster Care Training.

With well trained, experienced and highly educated staff we offer services that are unique and in demand within the foster care community/system.

On any given night we are capable of caring for 100 abused and neglected children in 14 large, discreet residential homes.

Our warehouse and distribution center recently expanded (2016) to 40,000 square feet in order to provide more high-quality products for community-serving nonprofits.

GAP expanded our offices to include an Impact Center with a recreational sport court, 8 private visitation rooms, and 4 semi-private play areas. This area is a very special place for children and biological parents who are in the process of reunification.

Our large commercial kitchen serves thousands of children and families every week and has an adjoining teaching kitchen designed to provide high-quality training to students in our program.

In our short history, we have grown to one of the largest Foster Care Organizations in Southern Arizona. We believe that the health of our foster care system is vital to the health of our community. We still want to expand our influence and services provided to the foster care system through behavior health/counseling and more in-depth prevention services.

10 Years of IMPACT:
450+ Men and Women who were former addicts have graduated from the 18-month Miracle Center transitional program.
$20.3 Million worth of products and food have been distributed to struggling families through our Community Impact Warehouse.
2,486 Abused and neglected children and teens have been cared for through our SPLASH program.
10,787 Supervised visits between parents and their children in order to facilitate healthy reunification of families have taken place in our visitation center.
84 Foster families have been trained and licensed to provide loving homes for children in foster care.
546,000 meals have been prepared and served to low-income school children, the homeless, and at-risk elderly



We are proud of what God has done and the people that have come together to make GAP Ministries what it is today. Serving Children and Families in Foster Care, serving Children and Families in our local schools and serving the Community through our distribution center and events is just the beginning of what needs to be accomplished.

We believe Tucson can be one of the best cities in the United States to live and we are working everyday towards that goal. Seeing our city transform would be the greatest reward we could have. It will take a community working together for this to be a reality! GAP Ministries is here for the long haul, serving wherever and whenever needed.

Financials

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GAP MINISTRIES

Board of directors
as of 12/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Greg Ayers

GAP Ministries

PAM AYERS

GAP Ministries

SUEANN WINGATE

Compassion in Action

GREG AYERS

GAP Ministries

JIM WINGATE

Compassion in Action; SW Commodities

SCOTT DOHNER

Super Feet

PEGGY DOHNER

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DAVID CORDOVA

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LUCINDA CORDOVA

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ARTHUR TIGNEY

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GLENDA TIGNEY

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/04/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data