For more than 76 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS), a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, has provided responsive, quality, personalized behavioral healthcare and social services to children, families and adults without regard to race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion or income.
In support of their mission, Bank of Tucson recently made a $5,000 donation to JFCS for its First Responders Counseling Program, which provides confidential 24-hour therapeutic counseling to our community’s firefighters, police officers and other first-responders along with their families—at no cost to them.
According to JFCS, more than 700 first responders in Tucson respond to more than 80,000 calls every year. “First responders work long hours, face frequent danger and witness countless traumatizing events,” said Carlos Hernández, President & CEO of JFCS. “At JFCS, we recognize the urgency and need to provide confidential counseling with the goal of helping these brave men and women to cope and reduce personal and family stress.”
Bank of Tucson has actively supported many nonprofits in the Tucson community, including other emergency support services through the Tucson Police Foundation and Red Cross blood drives. We are also committed to perpetuating quality, accessible services to Tucson’s children and families.
“In light of recent incidents involving firefighters and their families, we want to do everything we can to help and hopefully prevent these tragic events from happening,” said Mike Hannley, President & CEO of Bank of Tucson.
In our community, we are fortunate to have many additional resources available to Tucson firefighters, including (compiled by the Tucson Fire Department):
- Tucson Fire Department Mental Health Program
- City of Tucson Employee Assistance Program services
- Patricia Haynes from Well America/Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
- Shoshana Elkins, Sequoia Springs Counseling Center
- International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), Center for Excellence for Behavior Health Treatment and Recovery (inpatient treatment)
- Scott McKinney, Tucson Fire Department Chaplain
- Mike Coyle, Tucson Fire Department Chaplain
- Captain John Gulotta, Department Health and Safety Program Coordinator Tucson Police Department
- Axes and Arms National Suicide Prevention hotline
- Tucson Community-wide crisis line