We had the good fortune of connecting with Meghan Alfonso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meghan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started the Pearce Family Foundation because I saw there was a disconnect between the hospital and the home for families who have a child suffering from a chronic or life threatening illness. I worked for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and met a lot of families who needed not just medical assistance but help with their finances at the home. Seeing how stressed out the parents were from not just having a child in the hospital but having to worry about how they were going to pay their rent is what drove me to start PFF. I wanted to step in and show them that there are angels around us, which is how our main initiative was created.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel I go above and beyond for families the foundation works with. I have personally delivered rent checks to apartment complex’s on a Saturday to ensure the family would not be kicked out. After we approve them to be in our grant program they are granted access to our Toys Ahoy drive as well. Every year we hold a toy drive during the holidays and we collect gifts from all over the Valley and have a big toy drive that the families can come to and “shop”. We like to show them that even though we paid their rent a few months or even years ago they are still on our minds.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I would hire my other company to assist with their vaca (Girl About Town). We can plan your entire weekend with where to stay, things to do, fill your fridge and can even decorate your rental if it is a special occasion. If you needed an Air Bnb I would suggest; Pink Cactus, Granada Grotto, any of the Stay Porter houses or Vacay AZ properties. You could wake up and enjoy a morning workout at Barre3 followed by coffee at Sip in Old Town. Then I would go to brunch at The Canal Club followed by a day at the pool at Lylo in Phoenix with some vintage shopping off 7th Ave to finish off the afternoon. That night dinner would be at City Hall or Sumo Maya (they are closed right now for renovations) so instead I would say Stock and Stable. Then after you enjoy dinner you should head upstairs to the speakeasy, Honor Amongst Thieves.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give credit to my husband, Sean for pushing me to start PFF. He saw I wasn’t happy at my current job and I was always looking for something else to fill that void. Sean sat me down and said, “Meghan you are going to just find another mediocre job and then in two years you are going to be in the same spot. Unhappy, not motivated, and frustrated you are giving all your time to somewhere that doesn’t appreciate you.” He then proceeded to tell me to start a nonprofit myself and help whoever I want and for whatever cause I felt would make an impact. And here we are 7 years later. My mother, father, and sister were very supportive as well and after I explained how I wanted to leave a legacy behind for our family they got more and more onboard. Having them and my husband back me up really helped push me to feel confident in beginning this journey.
The only one that needs credit is the one of me with the girl in the short white dress: Jamshed Sami