12 Year anniversary, View from 6,000 feet, truck problems and more
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I can't believe we have been "officially" serving our community for 12 years

I say officially because Donna and I started a furniture ministry at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church back in 2002.  I never imagined that we would turn this ministry into a lifelong quest and impact the lives of so many (60,000) people.  Last year alone we provided over 500 beds to people in need.  "In need" means people without a bed.  By selling donated items that were not appropriate for small apartments we were able generate enough income to purchase 182 NEW twin size beds last year. This year we have already provided over 150 NEW beds - 100 were purchased through a generous donation from the fundraising efforts of the team at Designer Circle. 

Looking of a good way to help and get all your money back as a tax credit?  Please consider the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit NOW $400 per person!

View from 6,000 feet 

Crown King Arizona, according to Wikipeda elevation is 5,771.  A few weeks ago Donna and I had the opportunity to visit this former gold mining town with some friends.  I was going to take our little red VW bug but decided to take a pickup.  Glad I did, we traveled north on I-17 for about an hour, when we exited it was a dirt road - 27 miles of dirt road it took an additional 1.5 hours to travel 27 miles.  We stayed the night here what a great weekend (Sunday & Monday is our weekend).  We went for a ride and hike on Monday and saw 2 vehicles all day.  This was a boom town back in the 1880's 1890's, quartz veins a foot thick running through the black mountains, I felt like I was getting gold fever. 

Once over 500 buildings and GOLD now almost a ghost town with 151 residents.  Lots of information on the web here, but if you get a chance it's a neat place to visit note: Saturday nights are kind of wild. 
Goodbye to Bridging's First Truck

If you are a Facebook friend you probably read about our truck troubles last year including no A/C, rusted out gas tank, transmission and front end troubles.  So we are retiring Bridging AZ's 1st truck.  Back in 2004 a dear friend and founding Board member John Maney knew we needed a box truck to keep up with all the donations.  A Furniture Bank in Minnesota had an extra one they would sell at a discounted price.  So John bought the 1999 Ford Box van, a St. Barnabas friend donated air miles so I could fly up to Minnesota and pick it up.  The Furniture Bank (Bridging Inc where we take our name) loaded up the truck with a full load of furniture for clients and after a long drive straight through I made it back to Arizona.  The truck has served us well until last year, sad but I think it's time to say goodbye.  The truck pictured above is a 2006 truck we have been borrowing.  We need to raise an additional $6,800 to purchase it.  If you can help call Jim @ 480-375-5454 or donate online

THURSDAY June 2nd
5:30 - 7:30
Hats & Sunglass Drive for Homeless &
Bridging AZ Happy Hour!

The Blue Martini is hosting another fabulous Happy Hour to support Bridging AZ.  This Thursday from 5:30 -7:30 posted on Bridging's Meetup page is a happy hour to help celebrate our 12 year anniversary.  The Arizona WineBats will be joining us which always makes for a fun evening.  We have great raffle prizes including a $300 Blue Martini Party Voucher. 
Remember our Sock Drive we brought in over 1,600 pair of new socks - this time we are asking for hats and sunglasses for the homeless. 

There is a $10 cover and 100% of it goes to Bridging AZ! You will get 1 free drink ticket and there will be a free food buffet for the first hour.

Dress Attire: Women - Summertime Dresses and Men - Hawaiian Shirts

Blue Martini 5455 E High St #101, Phoenix, AZ 85054 map

Happy to Help

Long time partner Special Olympics picking up furniture for the summer games last month. Bridging has been providing furniture for the games for 6 or 7 years.
 

Congratulations Devin

Many of you know Devin's smiling face.  Well we won't be seeing it as much around here at Bridging.  Devin Barad who has been with us for over a year accepted a job at Yelp - yes Yelp offers Air Conditioning and benefits.   Thank you for all your good work.  

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