Phoenix Day celebrates 100 years of service

- It's a big day for a Valley non-profit, "Phoenix Day" is celebrating it's 100th anniversary.

The center has served families in Phoenix since World War I, and to celebrate 100 years they decided to give back to the community once more.

Even on its birthday Phoenix Day was serving families in the city. People lined up for a pre-Thanksgiving meal of soup and salad.

"This is the perfect school for any child to go to," said Teresa Gonzalez.

Teresa brought her daughter Trinity to the center when she was just 4-months-old. Her daughter is now 4-years-old and has grown up at the center.

"It's brilliant, my daughter learned how to read here, my daughter learned how to say her first words, her first steps," said Gonzalez.

She's just one of the children that Phoenix Day has served for the past 100 years. It began in 1915 when women were looking for childcare while they went to work after their husbands left to fight in World War I.

The center moved from Trinity Cathedral to its current building in 1956 and offers more than childcare.

"We have preventative health services which links families to insurance, as well as to other health providers, we offer nutrition and education programs for families in our community," said Karyn Parker.

Parents agree that Phoenix Day goes above and beyond to help the families it serves.

The center serves families with children ranging from 6-weeks-old to 5-years-old.


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