There are currently over 1.54 million charitable organizations in the United States, according to the most recent available data. Paz de Cristo is one of these many charities striving to improve the lives of those in the community that we serve. While there has always been crucial work to do, the importance of our duty has only increased since the start of the pandemic. Here are just a few ways that we are working to take the weight off people’s shoulders.
Providing clothing to those who need it is not a responsibility that we take lightly. It’s an essential service that we are happy to provide. We are happy to provide showers for those who need them on Wednesdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. In addition to getting clean, individuals can receive a hygiene kit as well as some wardrobe necessities — underwear, socks, and a new t-shirt. This is not the only available time where people can come to us for clothes, however. We also offer $30 clothing vouchers on Thursdays at 1:00 PM. Clothing is also available at our dinner hour.
There are more people in need of a hot meal than many of us are aware of. While someone may appear to be thriving on the surface, the reality is that they could be worrying about where their next meal is coming from. This fact may be uncomfortable for many to discuss, but it’s something that’s important to be aware of, and it’s why we are passionate about putting food on the table for whoever needs it in our community. We offer nightly dinners, as well as emergency food boxes and food boxes for the homebound.
When faced with a circumstance that may sometimes feel out of our control, having autonomy is truly empowering. This is the reason why we offer people methods of accessing their mail, birth records, and Arizona identification. In addition, we have a mobile medical clinic set up for two hours every Wednesday, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Giving community members ways to obtain their own information and basic medical care is something we are truly proud of.
To learn more about Paz de Cristo and our efforts to help those suffering from the emotional and financial effects of COVID-19, give us a call or visit our website, www.pazdecristo.org. Whether you are looking for a volunteer opportunity or a way to donate our working poor charity, we encourage you to reach out.