Our Accomplishments

1990s:

  • VIP launches Valley CORP, a non-profit affordable housing project for low-income families in the West Valley.
  • VIP works with City of Phoenix to establish Drug Free Crime Free School Zones, and increased community policing.
  • VIP secures $1.6 million from the City of Phoenix for the building of a Multi-Generational Center in South Phoenix.
  • VIP secures $2.7 million from the City of Phoenix for after-school programs throughout the city, starting the PAC program.
  • VIP organizes in the Roosevelt & Murphy School Districts to engage parents around neighborhood safety issues and student achievement.
  • Over 1300 VIP leaders meet with Governor Symington, and get his agreement to fund over $1 million toward youth jobs.
  • VIP organizes the Immigrant Family Association, to facilitate non-citizens gaining naturalization, and to gain recognition of the Matricula Consular by all Metro Phoenix cities.
  • VIP wins agreement from city, county and state officials to stop illegal oil and waste dumping in low-income neighborhoods.
  • VIP organizes for and signs up thousands of children for the newly formed Kids Care health insurance program for low-income families.
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2000s:

  • VIP worked for the passage of a bill that created a county hospital financing district, and then mobilized 25,000 voters to support the passage of a referendum on the issue. This ensured that Phoenix would have the Maricopa Integrated Health System to care for low-income families, and the best burn unit in the state.
  • VIP worked with Governor Napolitano to create a Citizen’s Work Group on Long-Term Care, and with Phoenix College on a curriculum and pilot project to train Long-Term Care workers in their profession.
  • VIP organized to pass city ordinances throughout the Valley limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in Methamphetamine drugs.
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  • VIP organized in the Creighton School District for a safer neighborhood, and implemented the Alliance School program of parent-teacher leadership development in Phoenix.
  • VIP gathered Arizona Bishops and Judicatory heads in April 2004 and again in May 2006 to affirm a set of Faith-Based Principles on immigration, and to kickoff an on-going campaign of civic academies on Immigration and Reform.
  • With the sponsorship of Senator Carolyn Allen, in 2007 VIP achieved the passage of the Lifespan Respite Care Act, providing $500,000 in state funds and a federal matching grant to provide respite to family members who act as primary caregivers.
  • West Valley Interfaith Project leaders organized in El Mirage to create the El Mirage City Police Department, terminating the contract with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which was not providing adequate police service.
  • West Valley Interfaith Project leaders organized parents and community leaders to support the building of the Riverview School in the Las Brisas community, resolving a long-standing dispute that had denied that community a local school.
  • VIP develops statewide and national recognition for its work with AZ Judicatory heads and national public officials on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and in opposition to enforcement only immigration laws such as SB1070, and for work to protect the dignity of Immigrant families, including the Immigrant Family Toolkit and HB2008 toolkits – guides to living in Maricopa County.
  • In 2010, VIP proudly launched the Arizona Career Pathway Labor Market Intermediary, a new non-profit, long-term workforce training initiative to move low-income workers into the middle class through the attainment of high-skill in-demand jobs.
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