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Maria unexpectedly became a kinship foster parent for her 2 grandchildren, two months ago when the children were removed from her daughters’ home. She contacted Aviva Children’s Services because her car was in desperate need of repair and she did not have the resources available to pay. The family lives in the Marana area and she regularly brings her grandchildren into Tucson for appointments critical to their mental health and case management.

Thanks to dedicated community partner BRAKEmax on Cortaro Road in Marana, the repair was made at no cost to Maria. This generous gift made it possible for Maria to focus on taking care of her grandchildren during this time of crisis for her family.

“As an organization which values family and community, we are immensely thankful to Maria for her sacrifices- while repairing her vehicle was just a small gesture, we are honored to do so and we hope it make the situation easier for Maria and her loved one,” said Jeffry Gardner, Director of Marketing for GB Auto Service, which owns and operates BRAKEmax locations. Gardner is also a member of the Board of Directors for Easterseals Blake Foundation.

BRAKEmax was founded in 1997 as a single location in Tucson and continues to be a community-oriented company that works to serve Tucson and surrounding areas. The company now boasts 16 retail locations, including their newest location at 9191 E Tanque Verde Road just east of Catalina Highway.

“We simply could not meet the consistent need for emergency assistance to foster families without dedicated community partners, like BRAKEmax. We hope they know what a difference this gift made to Maria and her family,” said Emma Kammeyer, Chief Executive Officer for Easterseals Blake Foundation and Aviva Children’s Services.

Aviva Children’s Services changes the lives of more than 2,500 children in foster care each year by providing emergency resources, ongoing family support and comprehensive behavioral health services.

Because Every Child Matters!