It all started when Steve Matteucci – a Thunderbird – learned about a Homeward Bound client in need. He donated his old tuxedo to the client. The next day the client was able to accept a job offer as a maitre d’ and begin to support his family.
The beginning of a beautiful relationship…
In 1998, Homeward Bound had a vision for a campus community. The vision was shared with Steve. He took the vision and talked to a Thunderbird friend, Tim Grant and from two men the vision moved to the youth committee and then to the entire membership. The vision was embraced, a relationship bloomed and families in need have benefited greatly.
It was The Thunderbirds who kicked off Homeward Bound’s capital campaign with a $1 million gift to support the development of a campus community. Homeward Bound was able to take that gift and leverage it to secure private and public dollars for the $9.2 million campaign.
The funds were raised and The Thunderbirds Family Village, a five-acre campus with 80 two-bedroom apartments, was opened in 2000. It was named The Thunderbirds Family Village to recognize the gift from The Thunderbirds and to highlight the amenities on campus such as the childcare, dental clinic, counseling, employment services and emergency pantries. It really is a community, a VILLAGE, and a vision fulfilled.
In 2002, Homeward Bound was selected as the PGA TOUR Charity of the Year, thanks to The Thunderbirds’ nomination. To Homeward Bound, The Waste Management Phoenix Open represents food, clothing, warmth, safety and the opportunity for children and their families to improve their living situations.
The Thunderbirds have been long-time supporters of Homeward Bound and have truly made a difference in the lives of thousands of families with children. By making a pledge to Homeward Bound (charity #16) through Birdies For Charity, you can help make a difference as well.
Homeward Bound is grateful to all who support the many families who are working to overcome homelessness and/or domestic violence and make the journey toward self-reliance. Please make a pledge by February 5th and be a part of the change!