Despite having to close during the pandemic only weeks after it opened, Great Wolf Lodge Arizona felt compelled to give back to the community.
It donated hundreds of linens to Family Promise of Greater Phoenix to be used by homeless families who turn to the Phoenix shelter for a temporary place to live.
Family Promise rescues primarily first-time homeless families and their pets and helps them return to independence.
They were thrilled with the gift, part of Great Wolf Lodge’s company-wide Paw Pledge initiative, which focuses on health and safety of its guests and pack, commitment to the community, and providing travel flexibility to families.
Located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District, Great Wolf Lodge Arizona was the planned site of Family Promise’s annual fundraising event that had been slated for April.
The event was postponed to October, but Great Wolf Lodge wanted to show support to Family Promise by donating hundreds of bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bathmats, sheets, pillowcases and other linens.
Family Promise is sheltering more than a dozen families at its day center in southern Scottsdale.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit relied on its network of volunteer churches and synagogues to shelter and feed the families.
Family Promise has had to abandon its community-based model to protect its volunteers and families from the potential spread of the virus.
Family Promise said the linen donation is crucial to providing comfort and care to the families that they are currently sheltering and help them get started in their new homes after they graduate from the program.
“With each family that we serve, our goal is to guarantee a quality experience for them while they are in our care and to get them settled into their own home after graduating from our program while working to keep everyone safe during this health crisis,” said Executive Director Ted Taylor.
Brian Johnson, general manager at Great Wolf Lodge Arizona, said is company’s mission “is to bring joy to families, and we’re proud to support Family Promise as they ‘keep the promise’ to families during this challenging time.”
We’re grateful for this opportunity to support our community and provide these linens to families in need,” he added.
Homeless families are more at-risk during crises and pandemics than other populations as housing instability limits access to hygiene and families facing homelessness are not always able to secure basic needs such as cleaning products and sanitizers.
Family Promise needs donations and information is at FamilyPromiseAZ.org.
For information on the Paw-Pledge: greatwolf.com/arizona/paw-pledge.