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About

Friendly House

Our Mission

Empowering Arizona Communities through Education and Human Services.

Launching Lives Further Since 1920

Our History and Who We Are

As one of Arizona’s pioneer social service agencies, Friendly House was first established in 1920 as part of a local initiative to assist immigrants in acquiring the citizenship, education and literacy skills necessary to acculturate into the United States. In 100+ years, Friendly House has evolved into a transformational multi-service non profit organization with wide-ranging programs aimed at addressing the pressing needs of our diverse community: Education, Workforce Development, Family Support, Basic Needs and Immigration.

​Friendly House builds on America's identity as a nation of opportunity by promoting and advancing multiple strategies that enable individuals and families to fully enter and participate in the American way of life. Your support and investment in the transformational work of Friendly House enables us to not only continue but also expand our impact for the next 100 years.

 

Our Values 

AGILITY

Evoking creative and innovative solutions in response to the ever-changing demands of modern times, we maintain our flexibility.

EXCELLENCE

Focusing on valuable results that hit the mark every time, we deliver best practices.

INTEGRITY

Earning trust in all we do, regardless of who is watching, we radiate authenticity through courage, honesty, and respectfulness in every situation.

OWNERSHIP

Leading with consistent accountability, we whole-heartedly assume responsibility for the full scope of our work.

UNITY

Demonstrating compassion and understanding, we work as a cohesive team toward our purpose and the goals of the diverse people we serve.   

 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access 

We respect and appreciate diversity of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, socioeconomic background, family composition, education, and learning styles. We commit to the practice of equity to bring about a more “level playing field” and aim to provide an inclusive environment that respects diversity, embraces differences and fosters a sense of belonging for staff, clients, volunteers and community partners. 

Our Leadership Team

آوین ساعتی تافویا

مدیرعامل & رئيس جمهور

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آوین ساعتی تافویا بیش از 25 سال تجربه رهبری غیرانتفاعی با تمرکز ویژه بر ارائه مراقبت های یکپارچه به جمعیت های کم نمایندگی دارد.  او سوابق ثابت شده ای در ارائه رهبری پویا، حاکمیت شرکتی و تامین سرمایه های تاثیرگذار دارد. 

Jose Vaquera

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Jose Vaquera, Director of Youth Services

Jose J. Vaquera, a native of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, immigrated to the United States along with his family in 1983. Upon graduating from high school in 1990, he enrolled at Arizona State University, majoring in History and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1997.

Frank Lomeli

PRINCIPAL OF
ACADEMIA DEL PUEBLO

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Frank Lomeli, a native of Arizona, grew up in the small agricultural community of Tolleson. After graduating from Tolleson Union High School, he went on to play college football at Glendale Community College, then onto Southern Utah University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Stacey Bittner

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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Stacey Bittner brings over three decades of dedicated non-profit leadership in Finance and Accounting, spanning roles in Illinois and Arizona.  She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago before graduating from Grand Canyon University with a major in Finance and Economics and a specialization in non-profit accounting.With extensive experience auditing non-profits, including Charter Schools, totaling over a decade, Stacey transitioned back to hands-on non-profit work seven years ago. Committed to community enrichment, she utilizes her wealth of expertise to drive impactful change and give back to society.

Board Of Directors 

Michael Hulse

CHAIR

BIG-D INDUSTRIAL

Elma Bolic

COMERICA BANK

Dr. Monica Castaneda

SECRETARY

GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Dr. Chad Gestson

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

Dan Coumides

TREASURER

GUST ROSENFELD, P.L.C.

Sonia Gomez

CELERION

Kevin Lange

EXHALE TELEHEALTH

Dr. Kamal Sumar

NORTH CENTRAL ARIZONA ACCOUNTABLE HEALTH

Tony Lopez

RAZA DEVELOPMENT FUND

Tanya Muniz

VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITED WAY

Ali Torabi

LAWERENCE SEMICONDUCTOR RESEARCH LAB

Krizia Verplancke

CONCORD SERVICING

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