Originally Published: August 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Thank you to Patrick Whitehurst for his July 29 profile of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice's Fair Start program and the Kickstarter book project "When I Dream."
Fair Start provided 1,196 area students with backpacks, thanks to individuals who donated money and school supplies, and organizations such as US Vets, CASA for Kids, and the Kieckhefer and Margaret T. Morris foundations.
The new Travis Turbyfill Wellness Fund provided many local uninsured students with physical exams. The Prescott Primary Care staff diagnosed one case of type 1 diabetes, several children with scoliosis and numerous children who needed vision exams and immunization updates. Our thanks to Shari and Dave Turbyfill and the Prescott Primary Care staff.
Even though "When I Dream" did not make its Kickstarter goal, author and illustrator Diane Iverson plans to work with CCJ to publish a smaller number of the children's book. "When I Dream" depicts a young girl who lives in her car with her mom, but has big dreams.
Shelter is a serious issue everywhere, including Yavapai County. Many groups are working on various facets: homeless vets, women and children, men, teens, and families. CCJ's pieces of that larger issue are preventing homelessness through CCJ Home Repair, emergency winter shelter through Operation Deep Freeze, and various services through Open Door for people who are homeless and in shelters.
Many people who pledged money toward "When I Dream" are donating equal amounts to CCJ's "When I Dream" book fund. We live in a caring community that supports our children and families. Individuals who wish to support "When I Dream" or the Travis Turbyfill Wellness Fund can send donations to CCJ, P.O. Box 1882, Prescott, AZ 86302, with the fund noted in the memo line.
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