The Children's Project - July Fundraiser at PCA

Last summer, PCA partnered with 7 other POCA clinics and collectively raised over $5000 for The Florence Project. The need is no less great this year, and we are hoping to surpass last year's efforts! There will be a donation jar out at the clinic from now until July 20th. Anyone who contributes to the fundraiser will be entered into a raffle to win a 5-pack of treatments at PCA!

"The Florence Project is the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal services to detained children in deportation proceedings. The Florence Project provides : education through age-appropriate legal orientation, empowerment through role plays where children act out immigration court, and direct representation of children in immigration court or referrals to pro bono attorneys in the community."


Naptime for grownups

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The origins of PCA and our annual fundraiser

“Hi, Erin? It’s Ellen Vincent. I’m calling to see what your plans are after graduation!” Erin was pregnant with her second child Georgia at the time, by the way.

“Well, I was hoping to maybe work for you, to pick up some shifts in West Philly!” she said.

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