Phoenix Arizona

Mesa agencies support Domestic Violence Awareness Month with display by azhttp

In Arizona, a woman is murdered by her husband or boyfriend every four days.

In an effort to bring attention and awareness to this staggering problem,

the City of Mesa and Save the Family Foundation of Arizona have joined

forces to create a display at the Main Library, 64 E. First St., which will

run through the month of October. The display contains artwork and

stories from the mothers and children in Save the Family’s program.

Visitors to the display will learn to recognize domestic violence, see how

domestic violence victims are working to turn their lives around as well as

find out how they can volunteer and help be part of the solution. The

display coincides with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Save the Family provides transitional housing and case management services

to more than 300 families a year. With 159 housing units serving homeless

families with children throughout the Valley, Save the Family is changing

the face of homelessness and helping many women and children of domestic

violence get a fresh start. Through programs like Career Development, Legal

Assistance and domestic violence and parenting classes, clients in Save the

Family’s program learn to become both economically and emotionally


For more information, contact Save the Family Volunteer Director Andrea Sok

at 480-898-0228, extension 215.

Thousands of donations to Mesa Hydration Donation campaign by azhttp
September 10, 2007, 8:57 pm
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Homeless and unsheltered people benefited from the generosity of residents who donated to the Mesa Hydration Donation campaign, which ended August 30.

The City of Mesa’s Office of Human Services facilitated the delivery of 21,000 bottles of water, Valley of the Sun United Way donated 9,400 bottles and approximately 8,000 bottles were donated to United Food Bank to help the homeless and unsheltered cope with the extreme heat. In addition, Word of Grace Church collected more than a thousand cases of water during the campaign and handed out 50 cases a week. They have extra cases of water that are available to social service agencies. The Mesa Fire Department and Paz de Cristo also collected numerous donations of water and Gatorade.

“Mesa is a community filled with folks that care and are willing to come together for a common cause,” City of Mesa Human Services Specialist Lisa Wilson said.

United Food Bank delivered water to numerous agencies in the Valley including Word of Grace Church, A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center, Sprinzl Murphy food pantry, Paz de Cristo, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), The Genesis Project, Basic Mission, Community Bridges, Tempe Community Action Agency, Tempe Salvation Army and Gilbert and Chandler CAP agencies.

The Mesa Hydration Donation campaign, which began June 18, included two locations that offered the homeless a cool place to stay during the hottest part of the day. Word of Grace Church, located at 655 E. University, assisted approximately 250 people a week, including at least 40 women. Paz de Cristo, located at 424 W. Broadway Road, averaged 200 people daily.

For more information on the campaign, contact City of Mesa Human Services Specialist Lisa Wilson at 480-644-5831.

Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown by quotes

Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845 Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown

More than 400 homeless veterans in the Valley are expected to receive temporary haven and assistance during the Arizona StandDown 2006 from Oct. 27 to 29 at the Phoenix Watkins Shelter, 1120 W. Watkins St.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, with a 10 a.m. opening ceremony featuring Mayor Phil Gordon, District 6 Councilman Greg Stanton, District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson and former Congressman Matt Salmon. The event will conclude at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, with a special recognition ceremony hosted by Councilman Greg Stanton, chairman of the Regional Continuum of Care on Homelessness.

During the Sunday recognition ceremony, success stories will be shared and an “open mike” opportunity will give veterans a chance to talk about how the weekend activities have assisted them. Each veteran will receive a special thank you for their service – a dog tag with a StandDown message.

The veterans will be picked up at eight Valley locations and transported to the StandDown site where they will receive services that include meals, haircuts, showers, entertainment, legal and medical assistance, clothing, employment and housing placement services.

The StandDown seeks to increase the community’s awareness of the plight of the homeless American veteran, while bringing a variety of social service providers together to meet with, inform and assist the veterans in regaining a more productive, satisfying lifestyle.

StandDown is a military term that refers to a brief period of time for a soldier to leave an active combat area, to rest and regain strength before returning to battle.

The StandDown focuses not on being a handout, but a way to create an atmosphere conducive to change and recovery.

The event is coordinated by U.S. VETS – Phoenix; the city of Phoenix Human Services and Police departments; VA Medical Center – Phoenix; VA Regional Office; Arizona Department of Economic Security; Arizona Department of Veteran Services; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with other individuals and agencies.

Last year’s StandDown served more than 300 homeless veterans and assisted 41 homeless veterans to enter housing programs. For more information on Arizona StandDown 2006 or to donate, call U.S. VETS – Phoenix at 602-305-8585.

Call the Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845

MesaCAN receives community action agency designation by quotes

MesaCAN receives community action agency designation

Mesa Community Action Network, Inc. (MesaCAN) has been awarded the Community Action Agency (CAA) designation by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).  When the CAA designation becomes effective on Oct. 1, MesaCAN will directly receive Federal and State funding to provide services that assist low-income individuals and families in Mesa to move out of poverty toward economic self-sufficiency.  Previously, services and funds were provided to MesaCAN through the City of Mesa.

“This is one of the agency’s most significant milestones,” according to Pat Gilbert, MesaCAN Executive Director.  “MesaCAN is excited about the opportunities ahead as it moves forward as the community action agency.  Without the help of city staff in this achievement, MesaCAN could not have accomplished this goal.”  

The City of Mesa has been the CAA since 1996, however the Mesa City Council voted to relinquish that designation in Aug. 2005 in order to allow a private nonprofit organization the opportunity to obtain the designation.

“The City has long recognized that nonprofit agencies are vital community partners that provide invaluable services to Mesa residents and we are very pleased that MesaCAN received this designation,” said Kit Kelly, Community Revitalization Director.

MesaCAN brings significant knowledge and expertise in serving low-income individuals and families, and presently provides an array of services including case management services, emergency services, and utility assistance, transitional living facility for homeless men, tax preparation assistance, individual development account programs, emergency food box services, clothing bank and a thrift store.

Homeless Need Help Staying Cool in the Summer by quotes

 Homeless Need Help Staying Cool in the Summer

Homeless Hotline  (602) 263-8845

When the temperatures soar and the hot summer days are upon us, many homeless people who live on the streets do not have their basic needs met.

The city of Phoenix is asking people to donate only the following items – unopened water bottles, sunscreen, new underwear, white socks, white T-shirts and prepackaged snack items such as individually wrapped cookies and crackers – that will be distributed to the homeless. Cash or check donations to supplement the donated items also are welcomed. The program runs until Aug. 31.

Tax-deductible donations may be delivered to the city’s four Family Services Centers: Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave., 602-534-4732; John F. Long, 3454 N. 51st Ave., 602-262-6510; Central Phoenix, 1250 S. Seventh Ave., 602-534-1250; and Sunnyslope, 914 W. Hatcher Road, 602-495-5229. The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The donated items are distributed by local homeless outreach teams from Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, HomeBase Youth Services, The Salvation Army Project HOPE, Health Care for the Homeless, Terros and Southwest Behavioral Health Service PATH Outreach.

Homeless Emergency Overflow Situation by quotes

Homeless Emergency Overflow Situation

There is a critical need in Maricopa County to find space to provide overflow shelter for Homeless women and families. At this time, there are approximately 90 homeless women and 20 homeless families in the Phoenix area in need of such assistance. We are trying to assist the Human Services Campus with trying to find space to shelter these homeless groups and are reaching out to Faith Based Groups for their assistance.

Here are some the general specifications for the overflow shelter space :

  • Space that can accommodate 20-30 women or 10-15 families with mats or cots. Area should be secure with minimal exit doors. Staffing for overnight security will need to be supplied.
  • If you have need for the space you would during the day, guests could arrive around 6:00p.m. and leave facility around 7:00a.m.
  • Transportation would need to be supplied by bus or van. Guests would be transported to a central location (mostly likely to the Human Services Campus at 1209 W. Madison in Phoenix for daily services) .
  • A kitchen area that can provide the morning meal and snacks during the evening is preferred..
  • Expected duration would be around April 1-November 15.

If your faith-based group may be interested in working on this much needed effort, please call Ken Einbinder at 602-379-7103 as soon as possible.


Jannah Scott

Policy Advisor, Faith and Community Initiatives

Office of Governor Janet Napolitano

1700 W. Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85007