Ways To Support Downtown Phoenix's Homeless This Holiday Season
December 11, 2018 by Fara Illich
Homelessness and poverty exist year-round, but during the holidays, these issues come into sharper focus as the charitable desire to lend a helping hand grows. A host of amazing Downtown Phoenix nonprofits work tirelessly to serve the community’s most vulnerable populations, and they could really use your help this season.
Looking to give and don’t know where to start? Here are a few ideas on where to donate and how to volunteer locally:
A collaboration of multiple private, public and faith-based organizations in one central footprint, providing a host of wrap-around services for adults experiencing homelessness. Donations are accepted online and volunteer opportunities are available across campus.
-Day shelter, housing & supportive services
-Dental health & hygiene
-Medical respite (off-site)
-State IDs and driver’s licenses
-Replacement documents & file storage
-Housing, legal & supportive services
-Post office & bag storage
-Daily meal service
-Ministry & counseling
-Job development & life skills training
-Professional clothing, resume writing, etc.
More Downtown Nonprofits:
Although not technically on the Human Services Campus (it’s located across the street), Andre House is considered a campus partner and works in tandem with the various agencies to meet the immediate, basic needs of those who come through the door each day. That includes daily meal service, showers, laundry, free clothes, phone calls, work boots, blankets, and ministry for those seek it. Donation and volunteer opportunities can be found online.
MANA House (Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force) provides transitional housing for veterans in-need, providing many vital services including job search, Veteran Administration (VA) hospital enrollment, education programs (like GED), housing assistance, transportation and much more. Donation and volunteer opportunities can be found online.
A long-term, permanent and community-based housing program, working to build homes with access to supportive services in mind. For people interested in sustainable building techniques, Build Us Hope is constructs “green” micro homes, and is looking for volunteers and donations.
In addition to providing food boxes for individuals and families in-need, Friendly House provides toiletries, rental assistance, workforce development, English language classes and a host of other programs and services aimed at promoting self-sufficiency. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the above address and tax deductible monetary donations are accepted online.
After a period of incarceration, sometimes connections with loved ones are lost and criminal records can make securing a job and home very challenging. Hope’s Crossing provides a host of stabilization services to women post incarceration including short-term and long-term food support, transportation, referrals for child care and a host of other programs. Volunteers and donations are always needed.
The ICM Food and Clothing Bank helps meet the basic needs of more than 100 families struggling with poverty and homelessness every day, six days a week. In-kind donations of food, clothing and material goods are accepted until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the back parking lot, just south of the building at Ninth Avenue. There are also numerous volunteer positions available.
This is the nation’s only daytime resource center for men and women ages 55 and older who are experiencing homelessness. Justa Center helps guide seniors to housing and other supportive services, focusing on issues and circumstances specific to that age group. Financial support and donations are greatly appreciated, and visitors are welcome (check the website for hours).
The Changing Lives Center is the only faith-based recovery program in the region offering long-term, comprehensive services to women and children. Families can stay together while women work through addiction and abuse issues, eventually becoming self-sufficient through career assessment and job placement programs. There are numerous volunteer positions available and donations are graciously accepted.
As part of a large national charity, the work of The Salvation Army is far reaching, including helping families overcome poverty and homelessness. From food boxes and rental assistance, to basic needs like hygiene and transportation — there are lots of ways to help, and a host of volunteer opportunities available.
Located east of downtown near the airport, UMOM provides shelter, transitional and permanent housing for women, children (including teens) and families — in addition to supportive services like medical care and child care. Donations are accepted online and there are a host of volunteer opportunities available.