about us

Honoring your story. Providing hope. Living as Ohana.

Ohana is a leading social services agency that provides both residential and support services for foster youth and adults with special needs throughout the state of Arizona. It is Ohana’s belief that everyone deserves to be in a family like home with a loving and caring support system. We create homes where children and adults will be able to find meaning and purpose for their lives, with their dignity upheld, and individual differences embraced.

At Ohana, we have an integrated, evidence-based approach and provide a multitude of support services to help each person reach their full potential. These supportive services include helping foster youth find adoptive families, programs for older foster youth to be successful into adulthood, work and job readiness programs, transitional housing, and mentorship programs.

Our History

Ryan and Sara Senters founded Ohana in 2015 out of their passion for kids in the Arizona foster care system. They have adopted four of their six children out of foster care and have personally seen the powerful impact that a loving family can have on a child. It was their personal experience of adopting two teenagers out of the foster care system that has fueled their passion to see the most vulnerable youth in our state receive the best, family-like care possible.
Ohana started with one home for 10 boys with 6 staff. Ohana has been growing and currently has 18 homes, a multitude of other supportive services, and 300 employees that provide holistic care to our foster youth and special needs adults.

Ryan’s focus is to develop a rock star team of passionate, servant hearted people who will be part of the Ohana vision and mission. We have watched people on our team grow in their roles from a direct care worker, house manager, program manager, to now a director of an entire department. One of Ohana’s biggest passions is watching people fulfill their God given purpose by serving the most vulnerable in our state.

At Ohana, we are young and scrappy. We are growing and our history is still unfolding. We are willing to try anything to make sure our vision becomes a reality. We can’t wait to see what the next decade holds. We are just getting started.
Ohana’s first summer vacation in 2016. As of this summer, our trip has grown to include over 100 people.

Our Values

Who we are on this journey towards our vision.
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Family: We live as family.

Integrity Matters: We believe integrity matters. All the time.

Never Done: We are always learning and growing.

Celebrate: In community we laugh and celebrate together.

Faithful Servant: We honor God in all we do.

Hope Ambassadors: We believe the best is yet to come.

Our Mission & Vision

Mission:Our mission is to provide hope to youth and special needs adults by fostering family-like environments, promoting normalcy, and encouraging faith development in the community.

Vision:We see a future where every person at Ohana knows they are loved, valued, and has a future worth fighting for. They are part of our Ohana. Regardless of anyone’s past story, abilities, or needs every person received love and dignity and is seen for who they are.

Our Commitment to Quality Services

Ohana’s Quality Improvement and Training department works together to ensure our programs and systems provide the highest standards of service and care.  These standards allow for continuous improvement and provide a positive impact on the lives of our foster youth and special needs adults.

Ohana is in the process of becoming a CARF accredited agency and anticipate becoming fully accredited by the end of 2021.