Loving God and Our Neighbors
Loving through Serving
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a U.S. based Christian non-profit organization who feed hungry people in the poorest regions of the world. They offer packages of food called Manna Packs which consist of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins. The Manna packs provide a nutritious and cost effective meal to those who have nothing to eat. This organization has a 99% rate of delivering the Manna packs to the countries it serves.
Paz de Cristo
Paz de Cristo is a shelter and sanctuary for homeless and working poor people in Mesa. The shelter serves dinner 365 days per year. Over 1,500 food boxes are distributed to people in need each month. The shelter also offers legal aid, help with securing jobs, state ID’s, mail, and showers are provided every Wednesday. In 2018 Paz also began a service to assist with mental health at the facility. So many great things go on there, their motto is “More than just a Meal”!
Step Up Schools
Step up Schools is a small Title One school in Mesa. The school is housed in the old community center in the Mesa Historic District. The students come from working poor and homeless families. The average enrollment for the schools is 65-70 students K-6 grades. In pre-Covid times, the school welcomed volunteers to come in to help with reading tutoring, copy-making, and extracurricular activities.
I-Help Women is the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program. The goal of this program is not only to provide immediate relief to homeless individuals, but to also offer them resources for finding employment and regaining self-sufficiency. I-Help provides emergency shelter, meals, work force development and life skills training. The program operates seven nights per week 365 days per year. On the third Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month, Spirit of Joy hosts the women, and our parishes join together to provide dinner and some breakfast items.
Save the Family
Save the Family is a hand-up organization to help families in need. This group provides a suitable home that meets the family’s specific needs, supportive services for both adults and children, which include case coordinators, Career Development Assistance, Life Skill classes for adults, youth programs, counseling services, and access to food, clothing, school supplies, diapers, and other essentials.
Free Art AZ
Free Art AZ is a nonprofit in Arizona delivering creative and therapeutic art programs, at no cost, to children ages 3 -21 who have faced abuse, neglect, and homelessness. Their mission is to transform children’s trauma to resilience through the arts. The vision is to empower every child who has experienced the trauma of abuse, neglect and /or homelessness to have access to resilience- building arts programs and caring adult volunteer mentors.