Florence – Yesterday, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles presented Gabriel’s Angels with a $10,000 RICO Community Outreach Funding check to support their at-risk youth programs in Pinal County.
With this funding, Pinal County Attorney Voyles continues his support of organizations assisting victims and preventing drug- and gang-related activities. Joining Voyles at the event were Pam Gaber, CEO & Founder of Gabriel’s Angels, Kristine Kassel, the Board Chair, and MiMi Judah with Chili, a Therapy Team.
Gabriel’s Angels is the only program delivering pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Arizona. Presently, Gabriel’s Angels provides pet therapy services to over 115 agencies and serves 13,000 children through 170 Pet Therapy Teams, with the specific goal of ending the cycle of violence as adults.
Four Pinal organizations partner with Gabriel’s Angels Pet Therapy Teams including Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA), Head Start programs with Pinal-Gila Community Child Services, Inc. and Avalon Elementary in Apache Junction, and Transitional Learning Community, formerly Mountain Shadows Education Center.
Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Funding derives from the forfeiture of money and property used or gained through criminal activities. This funding is allocated to law enforcement agencies and when received from the Pinal County Attorney’s Office must be used toward substance abuse prevention and education and gang prevention efforts.
Pinal County Attorney Voyles said, “When administering justice and prosecuting cases, we must lift up victims and support them through programs like those offered through Gabriel’s Angels. Providing assistance to victims and at-risk youth through pet therapy enables them to bond with an animal they can often feel more comfortable with and might be essential to ending cycles of violence and promoting positive, healthy lifestyles.”
Pam Gaber, CEO said, “Gabriel’s Angels is excited to receive support from the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for four Pet Therapy Teams who are changing the lives of over 400 children. Through this RICO grant, Gabriel’s Angels will be able to continue developing core life behaviors that allow these children to develop healthy relationships free of violence, crime and gang involvement.”