Weber Human Services Foundation was started on May 5, 1993 by Ms. Zada Haws. Zada graduated from Weber State College, the University of Utah, and Brigham Young University. She began her professional career teaching in the segregated schools of Blytheville, Arkansas in the 1950s. Later, she taught in Ogden at Mound Fort and Grandview. This career path contributed to her passion for helping people find the resources for becoming successful. Teaching led to a position as the first female Community School Director in the country and she retired from that position in 1987.
Zada then became a Prevention Specialist for Weber Human Services, where she was able to realize her goal of working to help people in need of community resources. She began initial work to develop a non-profit organization for the community through the agency. Through hard work and perseverance, Zada gathered together all of her friends from various local agencies with a passion for this endeavor. She spent countless hours promoting Weber Human Services Foundation and organized the first golf tournament which has become the largest annual fundraiser for the Foundation. Zada passed away on June 19, 2007 at the age of 84. Nearly 30 years after the Foundation was founded, her legacy is alive and well in the people’s lives who are helped by Weber Human Services Foundation every day.