Oct 14, 2021  -  News & Updates

Zion Institute and Its Partners are Creating Solutions to Serve South Phoenix
Post Pandemic Relief Is Now Available!





PHOENIX, October 18, 2021- Zion Institute, a Phoenix-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has launched “The Well,” a pioneering, integrated health services campus in South Phoenix.
In this post pandemic season, service community agencies are combining resources to create solutions for South Phoenix residents.  This collaborative effort was established to while empowering residents with needed resources to improve their quality of life.
“The Well was established by South Phoenix leaders as our answer to our neighbors’ cry for support.  There are decades of experience, mentorship and leadership behind the vision”, said Shawn Pearson, CEO of Zion Institute.  Visionary, Mary M. Black and mentor, Dr. Bennie C. Robinson are credited as principal contributors to launching the campus concept. Ms. Black was the founder of Black Family and Child Services who passed in 2020.  Dr. Bennie C. Robinson had consulted for Zion since its development stages more than a decade ago.  Dr. Robinson passed in September after battling illness. “We want to honor the profound mentoring and strategic contributions of Dr. Robinson by naming the library in his name, said Pearson.  “His steady leadership and guidance for more than a decade have been a Godsend to me and to the entire community,” she added.
On October 19, from noon-4pm, a ribbon cutting, and open house event is scheduled that will offer tours of the campus.  The Well is located at 5644 South 16th Street and 1522 East Southern Avenue in South Phoenix:
Current Campus Services and Resources

  • General mental health services
  • Human Services
  • Support groups and Peer Support
  • Resource navigation/
  • Dr. Bennie C. Robinson Library
  • Therapeutic foster care (Training / Licensing)
  • Training space
  • Childcare and preschool services
  • After school programming K-8

For more information, visit TheZionInstitute.org.
About Zion Institute
The Zion Institute team lives in and loves South Phoenix. Zion has been a community development catalyst organization in South Phoenix for more than 15 years. With its city-wide network of partners, Zion has invested itself and it resources in the economic mobility of residents, restoring neighborhoods, and the strengthening of the social bonds among people. Zion has helped to launch or enhance 41 resident-owned small businesses and organizations, stimulating an estimated $2 million in economic activity in the area and has served hundreds of children and families through Zion Early Learning Academy, a childcare and preschool program. The Thunderbirds Charities’ grant of $80,000 allowed Zion to introduce its Preschool Excellence business model to rebuild the significantly reduced preschool capacity in South Phoenix.  A recent gift from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust bolstered the plans to implement the campus that will serve South Phoenix.
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