To provide essential items to foster, kinship and adoptive families for the children in their homes including those in a congregate care setting, because every child deserves to be valued.
To inspire the community to get involved in the life of a foster child, support the families providing care, encourage new families to become licensed and existing families to remain licensed.
To lessen the financial burden for the caregivers and to make sure every child has the essentials they need.
-Provide resources and support to the families we serve
-Connect foster, kinship and adoptive families throughout the community
-Strengthen the families resolve to provide a safe and loving home for the children
More Than a Bed (MTaB) complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of and does not exclude people because of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.
We are here to provide support and resources that contribute to the promotion of the welfare of the foster, kinship and adoptive community including those children in a group home setting, because every child deserves to be valued.
After running her own recruiting business in Manhattan, Grace returned to Tucson in 2007, joined New Life Bible Fellowship and began coordinating the Helping Hands Ministry. As a result, she became acquainted with foster families within New Life and the foster care system which all led to this point. God’s Word tells us that He knows the plans He has for us, plans to give us hope and a future.
Jessica is a double Wildcat, having graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and J.D. from The University of Arizona. Jessica and her sister were both adopted as infants, Jessica from Korea and her sister from China. However, it was not until their brother joined the family at age 8 from foster care, that her interest in child welfare was spurred. Jessica is privileged to be able to help build forever families as an adoption attorney. It was her history, her family’s history, and her passion to help children which brought her to More Than a Bed.
Lara received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and chose to dedicate herself to volunteerism and philanthropy, rather than returning to a traditional career as a branch manager for Enterprise Holdings. Lara is particularly passionate about the ever-growing issues in Tucson and the surrounding communities. She has served as the volunteer coordinator for a local candidate, fundraised and volunteered for numerous local non-profits. During her time at HOPE Animal Shelter, she completed various projects including a remodel, raised considerable contributions, community outreach and planned many successful events. At this time, she is an independent contractor for sales and marketing at Bustos Media and volunteer at Sister Jose’s Women’s Center and a member of 100+ Women Who Care.
Jody had a career as a secretary when she met and married a man with full custody of his two small children. Day care issues led her to resign her position and become a full-time mom. Blended family challenges were surprising for all but love prevailed. Jody has always had a heart for the underdog, especially children. Supporting foster, kinship and adoptive families in various capacities has been rewarding, and she finds serving on the Board of Directors fulfilling.
Prior to marrying his wife Jody, Eli was a single father of two small children. Raising their family, they felt that they also grappled with many of the same struggles as the foster families served by More Than a Bed. After a 45-year career, the past 17 as a consultant leading corporations in new business acquisitions, Eli is now dedicated to pursuing a vocation of significance, focused on meeting the needs of children and families in foster care.
Kelly graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting. She is a licensed certified public accountant who has spent 18 years with BeachFlieschman in the firm’s nonprofit taxation services group. She also spent two years as the CFO of Arizona’s Children Association. Kelly specializes in tax planning and compliance for nonprofits.
I come from a large family and was the first one to graduate from the university. I place my center on my Faith in Jesus, Family, Country and Community. As a Christian I am commanded to love God, honor my parents (family) and help those who cannot help themselves.
To this end I was a Boy Scout, Combat US Marine, retired from Law Enforcement, Court Appointed Special Advocate for neglected and abused children in Pima County and currently sit on the board for More Than a Bed. I am also a member of a philanthropic worldwide fraternity, Epes Randolph Lodge. None of this would have been possible without the love and devotion of my wife, Debbie.
We have four adult children and eight grandkids. As anyone can see we are family centered and have devoted our lives to the success of family. Decades ago, we decided to share our Faith with the needy and poor, as God would have it. The emphasis is on children that suffer the most as their misfortune was not an act of their own.