Giving back to the community we live in is something that I am extremely passionate about. The two organizations that I choose to work with are Paz de Cristo and House of Refuge. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can volunteer and show up for our community, please reach out below!
Paz de Cristo
Paz de Cristo helps people struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness in the Phoenix East Valley.
It all starts with a nutritious meal, a hot shower and clean clothes. Basic needs for food, water, hygiene and clothing are met first. Then one-on-one coaching and assistance help people get jobs, become independent and achieve self-sufficiency.
Paz de Cristo gives people a hand so that they can get back on their feet. They Feed, Clothe and Empower.
House of Refuge
House of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on 20 acres in Southeast Mesa, Arizona. The community includes 88 2-bedroom homes that are rented to families experiencing homelessness. By providing a home and comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, these families overcome homelessness, become self-sufficient and move to sustainable housing.
In order to be eligible to live at House of Refuge, an individual must be deemed homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or fleeing domestic violence and have at least one minor child living with him/her or be in her third trimester of pregnancy. Eligible families must sign a lease and agree to pay $400 a month, including all utilities.
When a family is accepted as an eligible family to House of Refuge, they receive a home, home furnishings, clothing, food boxes, individualized case management services and employment and education support. All residents have access to services and facilities in the community including the Community Center for after school programming, the Employment & Education Center, the Community Garden and the Donation Center.
House of Refuge believes through their innovative programming that values employment and education, the families can stabilize their lives and transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.