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Arizona’s Drug Dilemma: The ‘Hooked’ call center

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
By Sydney Schuman

PHOENIX – Television and radio stations across Arizona aired “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona,” a documentary about heroin addiction and recovery that was produced by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. During the broadcast, which took place on Jan. 13, 2015, trained professionals were on hand at the “Hooked” call center in Phoenix to provide information and support to callers who were driven by the documentary to seek information about treatment.

For some Salvation Army bell ringers, the job helps them help themselves

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
By Sydney Schuman

PHOENIX – The Salvation Army’s bell ringers are well-known around the holidays, as they man the red kettles that collect donations for the charity. What’s less well-known is that some of the bell ringers are among the less  fortunate who are normally served by the Salvation Army, which offers them seasonal work in the kettle drive. For workers like John Banta, who is disabled, the 40-hour-a-week holiday job is more than just a paycheck – it’s a chance to work and feel worthy.

Earn While You Learn rewards young mothers for attending parenting classes

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
By Sydney Schuman

TEMPE – Earn While You Learn is a program offered at the Aid to Women Pregnancy and Medical Clinic in Tempe. As part of the program, young mothers and fathers earn baby items when they take prenatal, parenting or life lessons classes. The clinic started this program to help young mothers get the resources they need to become good parents because often they are unprepared. The program is free, and parents can take the classes from the time the mother becomes pregnant up until the child is 1. Some of the items they earn include free diapers, clothes or points toward larger items like strollers and bassinets.

Health official says flu shots may be overlooked with focus on Ebola

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
By Sydney Schuman

PHOENIX – Health officials fear that all the attention being paid recently to Ebola is taking the focus off the need for people to get flu shots as winter, and flu season, approaches. Dr. Robert Beauchamp said that there have been only a handful of Ebola cases in the U.S. but that thousands were killed by the flu last year, including “over 100 children who died.” He said flu shots are safe and inexpensive and that people have a duty to get vaccinated, if not for themselves then to protect others from the spread of the flu.

Retirees give back to children in AARP’s Experience Corps program

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
By Sydney Schuman

PHOENIX – Retired volunteers in AARP’s Experience Corps help children who are reading below grade level get back on track – and they get a rewarding feeling themselves in the process. Under the program, seniors help tutor children in reading using games, pictures, and different interactive techniques. Each student gets at least a one-hour private session with a tutor every week. The program has been successful nationwide and has been launched in 10 schools in the Phoenix area.

In haunted houses, the real fright might be fire safety

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
By Sydney Schuman

PHOENIX – For four years, 13th Floor has passed the Phoenix Fire Department’s inspection. But it’s more the exception than the rule: Only three haunted houses in Phoenix have been issued permits by the fire department. Fire officials check for clearly marked exit signs, fire extinguishers and other safety features that could make a big difference in an emergency.