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The Forgotten is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving homeless women age 55 and above in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.


Our Mission & Vision

Being homeless is a tough life, but being a senior citizen and homeless is even tougher
The Forgotten, Inc. seeks to serve a seemingly forgotten and underserved population - elderly women who are homeless and in need of hope and encouragement for better days ahead.

Our Mission
To transform the lives of homeless women age 55 and above by:
- Helping them obtain affordable housing
- Encouraging them to regain dignity, hope, and positive well-being
- Witnessing them become examples of liberated lives

Our Vision
Develop communities that provide safe and affordable places to stay for women age 55 and above
Be recognized as a community home builder that strives to end homelessness among seniors
Increase the number of affordable homes available to seniors in need

A Special Note from Our President & Founder
Ruby Berdean Long-Colbert

I was born September 18, 1951 to parents with little to no education. On the day I was born, the doctor told my parents that I would not live to see the next day. You see, my parents had felt the pain of losing five children before me. Four were stillborn and one lived two days before she passed away - her name was Edna. Fittingly, my parents named me "Ruby," which in Biblical Hebrew means, "Gift from God". 

I used to wonder, then I started to ask GOD, “Why did you let me live? Why wasn’t I stillborn or only lived a day or two?” He answered one day when it hit me like a ton of bricks what my purpose was. On my way home from work in Scottsdale, I decided to go home another route through downtown Phoenix, eventhough I lived on the south side of Phoenix and it was going out of my usual way. The car just seemed to steer itself into Taco Bell, literally I kid you not. As I sat in front of Taco Bell, I wondered, “Why am I here?” So I parked and looked around somewhat puzzled. I got out of the car and went inside. A young man asked me, "How can I help you?" and I said, "I don’t know why I am here". Now he is looking at me strange, so I decided I had better order something. I ordered two tacos. When I got back in the car, I put the two tacos in the passenger seat, still wondering why I bought them and started home.

I began driving west on Washington Street and had to stop for a red light when I saw this older lady in a white dress pushing all this stuff in a shopping cart across the street in front of me. Now I can’t help but wonder why this lady is pushing all this stuff in the white dress. The light changes and I proceed to go home then I heard two words, “Turn around”. Now I’m thinking I am losing my mind… I say the words out loud “turn around”, but I proceed to keep going. Then I heard again, “Turn around”. Now I know I am not crazy, so I said, “LORD I don’t know if that is You, but I am going to be obedient”.

I turned around and found the lady in white sitting on the ground on Jefferson Street near a tree. I rolled my passenger window down and she got up and came over to the car. I asked her if I could ask her a question and she said yes. I asked her why she was out here and she said she moved here from Ohio because she had gotten this great job and that she had a Masters Degree, but the job fell through and she had been homeless for two years. I could feel the tears whaling up in my eyes, so I asked her if she would like the two tacos I had just bought, explaining that I hadn’t touch them. I started to say I don’t know why I bought them, but then it became very clear why I had. I cried all the way home asking GOD to use me any way He wanted...

Our Board of Trustees

The Forgotten, Inc. would not be possible without the assistance of our distinguished Board of Trustees listed below.

Ruby Colbert

Board Member, President and CEO

Ruby Berdean Long-Colbert is the Founder of The Forgotten, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness among senior citizen women 55 years old and older. Ruby is an Oklahoma native and has served the public in various capacities in customer service, business services, customer representative, and payroll services with the State of Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and other areas of the City of Scottsdale and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

She owned a clothing boutique, before discovering her passion for renovating and staging houses. She fondly recalls childhood memories of her dad, grandfather, and cousin owning a saw mill and building houses. She remembers looking over her grandfather’s shoulder as they discussed the plans for the next housing project that was to be built.

Ruby believes that nothing happens by accident, but divine intervention. Her birthday and guiding scripture for The Forgotten share the same numbers, I was born on September 18th or 9/18 and the scripture is Psalm 9:18 - "For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever."

Imran Khan

Board Member, Vice President

Imran Khan is the Vice President of The Forgotten, Inc. nonprofit organization. BRIEF BIO NEEDED

Kimberly Sparrow

Board Member, Secretary

Kimberly Annette Sparrow is a native of Chesapeake, VA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University where she studied Social Work and Non-Profit Leadership & Management. She also completed her Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kimberly has worked in case management for several agencies in Arizona and Virginia, where she has had the opportunity to work with underserved populations such as the homeless, people diagnosed as Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI), people with felony records and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She is socially responsible and highly motivated by the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others and the community. She is a motivational speaker, teacher and minister who desires to see men and women live a purpose-filled life, regardless of their background or life experiences.

Kimberly manages her own business, Wealthy Place LLC and is the mother of 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. 

Artin Knadjian

Board Member

Art Knadjian has been interested in the built environment since he was four years old. He closely observed the construction of single story houses near their home overseas. After the family immigrated to Montreal, Canada, he discovered his love for drawing everything, especially cars, people, buildings, and cities. In 1972, his determination to become an architect developed while working as a janitorial assistant at Moishe Safdie’s iconic Habitat ’67 designed for Expo67, He became fascinated with trying to figure out how these Expo projects were built and drawing the buildings as he recalled them to the best of his memory.

Educated at one of Montreal’s best junior colleges, Vanier, Art completed his architectural studies at McGill University. One of the youngest members in his graduating class, he became a Registered Architect in 1982, With thirty-plus years in the architectural field, he has extensive experience with a diverse portfolio of projects. The commissions he has been involved with have ranged from small tenant improvements to large mixed-use projects that he has shepherded from the preliminary stages of development to construction administration.

Art's experience includes space planning, interior architecture, code verifications, program verification, site planning, building design, construction documentation and administration, and project management.

Derrick Fletcher

Board Member

Derrick Fletcher is currently a Contract Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Since 2010, he has performed in a business advisory capacity by procuring required goods and services on behalf of the government and providing assistance in developing acceptable specifications, work statements, and evaluation criteria. The primary goal is to develop and implement a plan to obtain the requirements in the most economical, timely, and efficient manner.

Derrick is pursuing a Master’s Degree in telecommunications at Arizona State University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering at Troy State University. He has also earned Associate’s Degrees in Communications and Information Technology.

Prior to his current position, Derrick has worked in several professional positions related to his field of study, including but not limited to: instructional specialist at Arizona State University, mathematics instructor and tutor, research and development engineer and systems engineer.

Dr. Madonna Mallari

Board Member

Originally from the Philippines, her family immigrated to California when she was only five years old. With two younger sisters, she grew up in the Bay area in Northern California and attended South San Francisco High School. There she became actively involved in student government and community service, serving as a Youth Commissioner for the Youth Council in the city of South San Francisco.
She attended University of California, Davis after high school and became interested in Psychology and Biological Sciences, her pre-med major. She pursued her ambition of becoming a doctor. She states that she is happiest when she can help others in any way she can and offer her time and talents to those in need. As a third-year medical student, she chose Internal Medicine as her specialty because it offers her the opportunity to build a relationship with patients and their families.
She met her wonderful husband during medical training, where they worked together as interns. They married in Phoenix, AZ after completion of their residency and have three loving children. They enjoy beach getaways and visits to see family. They love playing music – guitar, piano, and violin. She also enjoys various styles of dance, especially ballroom dancing, her new passion. 

Terry Brown-Hazard

Board Member

Terry Brown-Hazard has an extensive background in the field of education. As a professional educator for over 20 years, her experience included, but is not limited to: curriculum development, short-term and long-term goal planning, and provision of various instructional methodologies. She displays educational leadership as a teacher-trainer and mentor teacher, completing the National Board Candidacy Class, and over two hundred hours of professional development workshops.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree from Kentucky State University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.

She is President of Ladies of Legacy, which is an organization that awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in need. She has participated in several community organizations and social groups, including Sisters of the Valley.

Arizona and the increasing homeless population

(Department of Economic Security, Homelessness in Arizona 2015 Annual Report)

Important Points from Research

• Homelessness is a reality that touches everyone in all parts of society.

• Homelessness is increasing among aging adults.

• We need to consider the actual needs of the individuals experiencing homelessness.

• We must devise more creative programs and strategies to address the unique challenges of an increasingly aging homeless population.

What you can do to help

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your contributions are 100% tax-deductible. All proceeds will help to improve the lives of homeless individuals in need. No gesture is too small or large. Whether you partner with us or donate funds, we are truly grateful.

Become a Partner

Business and corporate sponsorships

We could not help our residents without the community partnerships of business and individuals like you. There is no US without THEM. To become a partner, please consider the following contributions: tiny homes and tiny home-building supplies, employment or training opportunites, the donation of funding, services, bulk/ surplus goods, and/or products.

Please call: (602) 680-7662
Or email:
Or write: 2030 W. Baseline Road
Suite 182-332
Phoenix, AZ 85041

Donate Funds

Every penny matters

Be a blessing to others in need. Please give generously to support our unique population of underserved homeless individuals, women age 55 and above. Often times, these women experience homelessness because of specific circumstances such as disability and/or divorce. They need a compassionate hand UP, not a hand-out.

Please call: (602) 680-7662
Or email:
Or write: 2030 W. Baseline Road
Suite 182-332
Phoenix, AZ 85041

Donate Goods or Items

Whatever you have to share is welcome

We need a constant supply of construction materials, furniture, household goods, new and gently used clothing, canned goods, non-perishables, as well as seeds and plants to grow food. Whatever you have to share, particularly items that don't take up a lot of space, is much appreciated.

Please call: (602) 680-7662
Or email:
Or write: 2030 W. Baseline Road
Suite 182-332
Phoenix, AZ 85041

Donate Your Time & Volunteer

Every person matters

We're just getting ramped up, so we need a helping hand in every area of our mission. Do you know how to build a tiny home? Are you good with people? Do you like organizing stuff? Are you good at social media or fundraising? Whatever skills and interests you have to share, we really need you. Everyone with a heart to serve and help others is welcome.

Please call: (602) 680-7662
Or email:
Or write: 2030 W. Baseline Road
Suite 182-332
Phoenix, AZ 85041