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St. Joseph the Worker

Facing homelessness and unemployment, St Joseph the Worker helped Sandra find new path

With a bachelor’s degree from ASU and years of working experience, Sandra never thought she would be unemployed and homeless. In 2013, Sandra lost her job, but was confident that her education, experience and excellent computer skills would help her find a new position in a few weeks. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and Sandra’s stability and self-sufficiency quickly eroded.
Sandra – a single parent with a college degree and strong work experience – became homeless. During this time, she struggled with depression and a loss of self-esteem. Her life improved with the help of a housing program, but she still struggled to find gainful employment.
Sandra learned about St. Joseph the Worker (SJW) and began using many of their services. She practiced her interview skills at in-house hiring events, received help to update and improve her resume, and used the computer lab to send resumes and complete assessments.When she landed an interview with the State of Arizona, SJW helped Sandra prepare for the meeting and provided professional clothing. Sandra got the job and is thrilled she had an opportunity to start over with a job that matches her skills. Sandra is extremely grateful to SJW for the support and training they provided her and is looking forward to bright future for her and her family.

If you know someone who could benefit from the services of St. Joseph the Worker, or you would like to volunteer or donate, visit to learn more.

School Supply Drive

Every year, we hold a back to school supply drive to benefit low-income schools (and organizations that provide services to low-income schools). Employees and our friends at Vista Del Rio Senior Living have donated thousands of items to help kids get the supplies they need.

At a recent event at the Balsz Elementary School, we delivered backpacks and supplies to 400 deserving students, as well as classroom supplies for teachers. Thanks to our partners and employees who donate each year to help kids and our community.

2014 Shine On Winners

In 2014, we selected six community groups and helped them spread the word about their programs and projects. Visit their websites to learn more, and see how you can continue to support these organizations.

Assistance League of Phoenix

New shoes and clothing for children in need.

HALO Animal Rescue

Helping homeless dogs and cats receive medical care.

Kitchen on the Street

Providing meals for children living in poverty.

MentorKids USA

Supporting communities and kids in need.

Free Arts of Arizona

Healing abused and homeless children through artistic expression

Anti-Defamation League

Offering anti-bullying programs for schools.