Jewish Family & Children’s Service Partners with Mercy Care During “Week of Mercy” for Backpack Assembling Volunteer Event

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Left to right (back row): Matt Gioia, Jenn Sommers, Brandi Anderson, Manuela Garcia, Bryan Belanger, DeMario Vaughn, Tim Threadgill, Reuben Lopez Left to right (front row): Monica Alonzo, Giselle Mikel, Anna Cueyer, Denise Baldenegro, Marcela Chavarria, Haylee Rickard, Trisha Stuart Not pictured: Paulette Claw, Natasha McClain

(PHOENIX – July 11, 2018) – Volunteers from Mercy Care donated and assembled 300 backpacks stocked full of school supplies to Jewish Family & Children’s Service.   The backpacks will be divided between the JFCS Michael R. Zent and West Valley healthcare clinics, to give out to children in need.   JFCS is just one of the recipients of Mercy Care’s Week of Mercy, which includes a series of volunteer and charitable activities that the not-for-profit health plan is coordinating for community benefit.

About Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that strengthens the community by providing quality behavioral health and social services to children, families and adults of all ages, in accordance with a Jewish value system that cares for all humanity. At JFCS we hope for a future where families are strong, where our elders are cared for and where children are safe. Our dedication to our mission is strengthened by our commitment to our core Jewish values that honor community and the continuity of the generations.

About Mercy Care

Mercy Care is a not-for-profit health plan serving AHCCCS members throughout Arizona. Owned by Dignity Health and Ascension Health, Mercy Care has served Medicaid members since 1985. Mercy Care provides access to health care services for families, children, seniors, and people with physical and developmental/cognitive disabilities.

Mercy Care also operates as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) in Maricopa County, which was the first RBHA in Arizona to offer integrated physical and behavioral health services to persons determined to have a serious mental illness. Mercy Care manages the public behavioral health system in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County. Learn more at

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