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 May 17, 2023

Breaking Barriers During Mental Health Awareness Month: Fresh Start Announces Expanded Services for Women of Color Through $1.3 million Investment from JPMorgan Chase

PHOENIX, AZ (May 17, 2023) – JPMorgan Chase broke barriers during Mental Health Awareness Month with a generous $1.3 million investment in the women Fresh Start serves across Greater Phoenix. This financial commitment from JPMorgan Chase to Fresh Start, one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a grant, aimed to address the disparities in mental health support, particularly for women of color. The grant prioritizes mental health services and expands access to Fresh Start’s Impact Program, increasing the number of women supported on their journeys to self-sufficiency and economic independence. This initiative is aligned with JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to racial equity and economic inclusion across the country. 

Listen to the conversation between Kim McWaters, President and CEO of Fresh Start, and Kathy Hu, Managing Director for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, as they discuss the significance of this grant in the video below. 

About Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

Fresh Start’s mission is to provide access and resources that help women achieve self-sufficiency and use their strength to thrive. Our ultimate vision is to create unlimited opportunities for women. Over three decades, Fresh Start has supported more than 50,000 Arizona women, serving approximately 3,000 women each year, who are 18 years and older. 86% are mothers, 60% are single mothers and 64% are women of color. These women face a variety of barriers hindering their ability to be personally or financially self-sufficient, including domestic violence, generational poverty, and unemployment. Through our award-winning Impact Program, Fresh Start offers focused programs, services, access to training and education, as well as employment and career services to help women reach their personal and professional goals. For more information, visit or connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter or LinkedIn.