Improving the lives of individuals and families through Native American culturally appropriate health, affordable housing, and community development services.
Since 1972, we have been changing lives, strengthening families, and building healthy communities. We began as a small grassroots organization operating one program for Native American men in recovery from substance use disorder. Today, Native American Connections owns and operates 22 sites throughout Phoenix offering a continuum of affordable housing, health, and community development services which touch and change the lives of over 10,000 individuals and families each year.
Our Values are embodied in our work.
Collaboration, empowerment, integrity, stewardship, wellness, compassion, family, spirituality, teamwork and volunteerism.
Native American Connections’ services are open to everyone and no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, familial status, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination.
Our Vision is to be recognized as an innovative Native American service & development organization.
- We are a leader in developing, building and managing high quality housing communities
- We participate in community efforts to end homelessness
- We offer compassionate behavioral healthcare and support individuals in recovery
- We integrate Native American healing with evidence based practices
- We champion community development projects that strengthen the Native American Community and celebrate our rich cultural history
Native American Connections furthers the agency commitment to the community with:
- CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services) and Cultural Competency Committee - meets a minimum of twice annually to ensure that NAC is responsive and sensitive to the needs of special and under-served populations. The Committee reviews staff demographic make-up against client demographic make-up to ensure staff closely mirrors the clientele served.
- Annual staff training on the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) - which brings together staff to learn how historical events and trauma of Native people continues to impact the individual, family, and community today. Participants also learn new skills and ways to restore balance in our families, our communities, and ourselves, and to plan ways to prevent substance use through increased collaboration and resources.
- Recovery and Peer Committee includes former program participants to advise NAC leadership on identified community needs and gaps in services around recovery services and ending homelessness.