In 1998, when Ana Colombo’s daughter was in 2nd grade, she brought home a flyer from school about joining Girl Scouts.
At the end of 2019, the Dorrance Family Foundation of Scottsdale issued a $300,000 matching funds grant to Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, inc., a Scottsdale-based nonprofit that builds homes and provides food to the needy in Mexico. The grant will be used to build a new volunteer dormitory in Agua Prieta, Sonora, on the U.S./Mexico border because Rancho Feliz has outgrown its current facility. The new dormitory, “La Hacienda Feliz,” will house U.S. and Mexican volunteers together while they build homes, distribute food and care for children and seniors in the area’s slums, fostering cross-cultural service experiences.
October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to bring attention to this important issue, we caught up with Carol Minchew, a volunteer with Sojourner Center, a Phoenix-based domestic violence shelter founded in 1977. “Sojourner Center has been at the forefront of providing outstanding services to victims, their children, and recently, their pets, fleeing the trauma of both physical and verbal/mental abuse,” she says. Retired from a successful interior design career that spanned 40 years, Minchew is the mother of two grown children and four “amazing” grandchildren and has been married to her second husband, Weldon, for 48 years.