The Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation was formed in 2005 under its original name, Maricopa County SSchoolhouse Foundation. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to assist with the educational needs of low-income, homeless and at-risk youth in Arizona and their families. In 2005, the Thomas J. Pappas Schools for Children of Homeless Families were the recipients of foundation grants and personal donations. These gifts were used to support the many needs of the students enrolled in the Pappas Schools.

In June 2008, the Pappas Schools closed. There was still a tremendous need for our services and our commitment to the children remained strong, so we decided to keep the foundation open. We broadened our scope to serve more children in Arizona who, like our former Pappas students, were in need of our help. Many schools today serve homeless and underprivileged youth. We are proud to work with Title I and Title I eligible schools to provide every student with an opportunity for a positive, safe and quality educational opportunity. We believe education is the way for these students to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation is proud to be a part of the solution.

We are extremely grateful to all of our donors who give so graciously for these children. We realize the economy has affected many, so we value each of you and your generosity.


The mission of the Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation is to help low-income, homeless and at-risk youth in Arizona schools succeed and grow in a positive educational environment. We partner with schools that serve disadvantaged youth and assist with the educational, social and family needs of their students. By giving these students the opportunities they deserve and “eliminating the barriers” that childhood homelessness and poverty may create, we hope to change the course of their lives so they may become fully literate, productive members of our society.