About Our Chapter
We currently have over 20 active volunteer Host Families serving in Phoenix who are supported by a team of volunteers who provide services of transportation, mentoring, employment assistance or needed, tangible items such as diapers, car seats or meals.
Phoenix churches play a significant role in recruiting and supporting their people to serve and reach out to parents who are in a crisis situation. Churches of all sizes and various denominational or non-denominational backgrounds are active partners with Safe Families for Children of Phoenix.
Our volunteers come from the smallest to largest congregations, as followers of Jesus are awakening to the urgent need of struggling families in our own cities and towns.
Although our amazing volunteers are the ones who take the movement of Safe Families for Children into the community, they are supported by a professional staff. Our staff passionately invest their lives in engaging churches, building the base of volunteers, transitioning children, family coach supervision, vetting and training volunteers and so much more.
Meet Our Team
Safe Families for Children Arizona Supervisor
Cody Fort is the Safe Families for Children Arizona Supervisor. Since Cody took the reins of Safe Families, the ministry has tripled in size, launched statewide and has helped over 300 families in crisis. Safe Families is an unprecedented movement of compassion aimed at preventing child abuse and abandonment. Cody believes the church should be at the forefront of caring for children and families in crisis. Cody has his bachelors in Family Psychology and a ministerial certification from The General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Safe Families for Children Family Coach Supervisor
Samuel Mata is the Safe Families for Children Family Coach Supervisor. Samuel has more than 6 years experience working in the non-profit behavioral health field, providing services to families, communities, and organizations. Samuel has been working to address the cultural and societal issues that affect families such as: teen pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention and domestic violence prevention. Samuel has experience with program sustainability and desires to use this knowledge to help continue the momentum of the Safe Families Movement in Arizona. Samuel has his masters in Psychology from Grand Canyon University.
Safe Families for Children Church Outreach Coordinator
Emily Chung is the Safe Families for Children Church Outreach Coordinator. A proud Phoenix native, Emily is dedicated to mobilizing the local church to respond to God’s radical command: to love your neighbor as yourself. Emily has worked in the nonprofit field since 2010 with an emphasis in behavioral health, family services, and youth mentorship. Emily has her bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from ASU.