Thunderbirds Charities 

Award Grant to Duet 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program

text and photo courtesy of the Thunderbird Charities

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – announced a $10,000 donation to Duet: Partners in Health and Aging to support its one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program.

“The grant from Thunderbirds Charities will make such a huge impact on grandfamilies (grandparents and the children they are raising) facing numerous challenges,” said Patricia Dominguez, MSW, director of kinship care services for Duet. “Many of the families are in distress. Emotions are high and they’re confused as to what’s happening. Duet is that life-line to making sense of their situation and providing hope.”

Duet helps grandparents raising grandkids through Valley-wide support groups, workshops, family activities, respite care, and information and referrals; and provides families with the tools they need to navigate an often unexpected transition while helping to keep children out of foster care. The funds from the Thunderbirds Charities grant will support group family activities, respite care, and more. These social and cultural outings such as family picnics, visits to local attractions, and more, allow grandparents and grandchildren to know that they aren’t alone in their journeys.

“Duet is making a true difference in the lives of these special families with grandparents raising their grandchildren,” said Andy Markham, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We are more than happy to assist in their efforts to serve the grandfamilies in our community.”

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