Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Selects New Charity to Help
By Lisa Padilla -
Tuesday Feb 09, 2021
Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale is proud to announce Saving Amy as the 7th Valley charity to receive a $5,000 donation from the dealership since the pandemic started. The D.R.I.VE initiative began in 2020 in response to the pandemic and this donation marks $35,000 donated to charities across the Valley.
Thus far, the campaign has already donated $5,000 to Fresh Start, Arizonaâ€™s Children Association, Matthewâ€™s Crossing Food Bank, Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association, One Step Beyond, and Gigiâ€™s Playhouse.
The dealership is urging its customers, friends, and families to join them in donating each month to each of the selected locations. An eighth charity will be announced in the coming weeks, with yet another $5,000 check to follow.
Saving Amy was founded with the mission to empower individuals and families in their transition out of homelessness. Due to the pandemic, 90% of the families that Saving Amy aids lost their jobs or had their hours cut. Even months later, some families are back to work yet with reduced hours. The pandemic has caused extreme hardships to those trying to transition out of homelessness.
â€œThis donation is making a difference for our families that have been impacted by the pandemic and we are so grateful for the support,â€ said Jennifer Kiernan, founder of Saving Amy. â€œDestria, a single mom of 2 young children, recently became ill with COVID and was admitted to the ICU.
She was released only to be readmitted 2 weeks later due to complications of COVID and pneumonia. Thankfully, she is now recovering, yet her expenses remain. Saving Amy is covering all her expenses until she is strong enough to go back to work. This donation helps us help people like Destria.â€
Saving Amy addresses the internal issues to end the cycle of homelessness and addresses individualâ€™s needs through five key programs: Empowerment Through Therapy, Rise Up Moving, Rolling Forward, Thrive and Kids Go.
Each family with Saving Amy has a Journey Partner Mentor that walks side by side with the families and build relationships based on trust and genuine care.
They help to ensure that the families move forward knowing that they will never need to be on the street again and will live a life filled with dignity and hope