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Two Mesa nonprofits to join forces, bring new services

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Posted: Friday, September 8, 2006 10:55 am | Updated: 3:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PREHAB of Arizona Inc. has announced an alliance with Mesa Community Action Network, a partnership both nonprofits say will bring a broad spectrum of new services to MesaCAN clients and employees.

The PREHAB board of directors on Wednesday approved the partnership between the two nonprofits. MesaCAN recently learned it would lose some funding from the City of Mesa, which contributed to the need to consolidate services.

PREHAB, a non-profit that was incorporated in 1971, will likely set up an office at MesaCAN’s existing facility. There it will offer counseling and other services to the low-income residents of the Broadway corridor.

PREHAB has 400 employees and offers 18 different programs for victims of domestic violence, homeless and local youth. Its $20 million annual budget is nearly 10 times larger than that of MesaCAN.

MesaCAN employees will also have access to healthcare and retirement benefits offered by PREHAB.

Pat Gilbert, executive director of MesaCAN, has said his employees recently saw the cost of their benefits jump from $27 each pay period to nearly $100 each pay period, leading many of them to go without healthcare or a retirement plan. He said the partnership would strengthen the employee base at his organization and improve client services.

“Clearly you can’t operate without good employees dedicated to the mission of the nonprofit organization,” he said.

MesaCAN is a community action group that receives some funding from the City of Mesa and operates the East Valley Men’s Center, a transitional living facility for homeless men.

PREHAB officials said they will study the needs of residents of the Broadway corridor in Mesa, which includes a large number of Spanish-speaking residents.

Michael Hughes, CEO of PREHAB of Arizona, said he will consult with local advocacy groups to further identify the needs of the community surrounding the old furniture store near Broadway Road and Mesa Drive, which has housed MesaCAN since 2001.

One group he plans to reach out to is the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens.

“We just want to find out what new things need to be added,” Hughes said.

Gilbert said the core services offered by MesaCAN will remain the same and the partnership with PREHAB will be a natural extension of the smaller nonprofit’s mission.

“It should be seamless,” he said.

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