Ten years after settling in Phoenix and seeking out a way to give back, North Central couple Todd and Beth Weinstein were celebrated for their decade of service to aiding and encouraging local LGBTQ youth.
Inspired by her gay brother, Beth and her husband Todd looked for a way to support those who were often ostracized simply by who they loved or how they identified. They discovered one∙n∙ten, a central Phoenix organization that supports LGBTQ youth who face homelessness and other challenges through school and early adulthood.
On Feb. 19, the Weinsteins were honored at one∙n∙ten’s FRESH Brunch event with 1,200 in attendance at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. The couple received the Nora Gustavsson Volunteer Spirit Award for providing extraordinary commitment to the youth one∙n∙ten serves throughout the Valley.
The Weinsteins have spent the last 10 years supporting the growing number of 14-24 year olds the organization serves with housing, self-confidence building, overcoming bullying, challenges in school and the need for supportive adult role models. The couple rolled up their sleeves to cook turkeys for Thanksgiving, wrapped holiday gifts the youth would otherwise not receive, dug into office work when needed and mentored along the way.
Todd’s work as a trainer and facilitator has also been put to good use to help the youth plan their career paths. “It’s been a gift for us,” says Beth. And it doesn’t look like they’re stopping anytime soon.
For more information, go to http://onenten.org.