Next Doors: “We Have the Ability; Therefore We Have the Responsibility”

One year ago, I wrote a column about the work that the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) was doing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything was big and scary at the time. But here we are today, with hopefully some light at the end of the tunnel. So, I thought it would be a good […]

Next Doors: A Jail Program Thinks Big

Sheriff Paul Penzone wants to create a safe haven for animals while helping to reduce recidivism Here’s something you might have never thought about before — if someone commits a crime, what happens to their pets? It might seem like a random concern, but the answer might surprise you. In many cases, pets are part […]

Next Doors: Packing for the Future

Backpack Buddies project provides critical items for students in need It’s a school year like no other. Believe me, I know, as a parent of a freshman and a fourth-grader. But we don’t need to go into all that. There are some things that never change, and the need for students to be properly equipped […]

Next Doors: Stepping Up to Serve Vulnerable Citizens

Copa Health rises to the needs of individuals with disabilities during the pandemic This whole pandemic thing has been hard on all of us. Everyone has their own version of the same burden we are all carrying. How do we care for our families? How do we have something even approaching a normal life? How […]

Next Doors: You — Yes, You — Can Help Fix Education in Arizona

The thing about big problems is that they’re big. You look at the big picture and all you see are barriers, things in the way that make individual impact seem impossible. I’m known to throw an old dad joke out that I use for inspiration from time to time. The joke is, “How do you […]

Next Doors: Coming to Grips with “The New Normal”

Valley arts and culture organizations fight to survive the pandemic Survival. It’s a word that has taken on a much deeper meaning during the pandemic. We’ve all been presented with a set of circumstances few of us could have imagined. The ripple effect on everyday life has been the most significant change any of us […]

Next Doors: The Tip of the Spear

TGen leads Arizona’s fight against COVID-19 on several fronts So I have to admit, I was anxious to get this interview done. After all, most people don’t have the chance right now to pick the brain of someone like Dr. Jeffrey Trent, president and research director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) — insight […]

Next Doors: Where Do we Go from Here?

Uniting to help during the coronavirus outbreak             The best way to deal with this crisis is to do what we’ve always done — come together as a community.             It’s difficult to figure out where to start. I’m late writing my column this month because I wanted to hold out as long as possible, […]

Next Doors: Working Toward a Solution

Glendale Works is helping homeless individuals restart their lives             It’s no secret that homelessness is a critical problem right now. You can see it as you go around the Valley. The homeless population is increasing, and so is the enormity of the task of addressing the issue.             Just one data point — in […]