Nadia Valle, President/Founder of Wings for Women never imagined her dream of making a difference in women’s lives would come true. In 2010, after reading a story on the CNN website about one of CNN’s top 10 heroes, Susan Burton, Nadia realized that all dreams are possible. Nadia connected with Susan Burton via email and expressed how wonderful she thought Susan’s program, A New Way of Life, was and how much she admired everything she was doing for women in California. Nadia and Susan quickly became friends via email and in July of 2010, Nadia went to Southern California and met Susan Burton. After touring the New Way of Life transitional homes and speaking with clients, Nadia returned to Tucson with the determination to make a difference in the lives of homeless & underserved women and children in the Tucson community.
Nadia started a journey that has been fulfilling and exciting since the start. Wings of Hope began with a mission of helping women become whole again physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Nadia’s vision was to empower women by providing them with the information, skills, and tools necessary for them to succeed. She feels that women need to stand together with one voice and one spirit, unified in the belief that all women are created equal and that together they can empower themselves and raise each other toward a better future.
In October, 2011, Wings of Hope became “Wings for Women” for several reasons. The most important being that the name Wings for Women went hand in hand with the mission of giving wings to women allowing them to grow and fly above their troubles. Wings for Women provides assistance to women and children who are homeless or underserved by providing them the tools needed to overcome obstacles in their lives. Nadia found that there were many women who were falling through the cracks because they did not meet the requirements of other programs such as drug abuse, criminal record, no children, no abuse history or zero income.
Wings for Women is a 501(c)3 organization run by all women volunteers and is funded through community donations and fundraising activities. Nadia’s long term goal is open transitional housing in smaller cities throughout Southern Arizona such as Sierra Vista, Nogales, Casa Grande and Douglas. Being a Tucson Native and working in the social service field for over 20 years, Nadia knows all too well the need of services specific for women and children.
Nadia states that she owes her philanthropic vision to her parents, Benjamin and Yolanda, who raised her to always be thankful for what one had and to give back to the less fortunate.
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