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Childcare Options for Parents in Native American Connections' Intensive Outpatient Program

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BENEFITING: Native American Connections, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Dec 31, 2016

Millicent Pepion


Mesa, AZ, April 11, 2016– As part of a Commitment to Action for the Clinton Global Initiative University, Arizona State University graduate student, Millicent Michelle Pepion is participating in a fundraising event via ending December 31, 2016. Pepion is raising $150,000 for Native American Connections, a non-profit organization located in Phoenix, Arizona. Money will be used to provide childcare options for parents enrolled in the Intensive and Standard Outpatient Programs.

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Millicent Michelle Pepion, a graduate student at Arizona State University, was recently accepted in the CGI U for a Commitment to Action involving Native American Connections' (NAC) Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). NAC website states they are committed to, “Improving the lives of individuals and families through Native American culturally appropriate behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development services.” IOP and SOP services offer clients 8 week programs designed to address substance abuse and addiction concerns while still living at home.

Currently, NAC does not offer childcare options for parents enrolled in either program. The stress of providing childcare for parents new to any recovery program is a barrier for success. To help address this problem Pepion submitted a Commitment to Action and was accepted in to the CGI U 2016.

Inspired by The CGI U 2016 Commitments Challenge, a fundraising event, Pepion has committed to fundraising $150,000 for Native American Connections with the specific purpose of providing childcare options for IOP and SOP clients. She has until December 31, 2016 to reach her goal.

"Hopefully this will be the second individual Commitment to Action I complete with the help of supporters,” Pepion states. In 2012, Pepion’s Commitment to Action involved travelling from Haskell wetlands to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about the protection of Native American sacred places.  

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