Paz de Cristo is celebrating 30 years of helping neighbors struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness.
The 30th anniversary fundraising breakfast will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Participants will take a trip down memory lane celebrating milestones and victories with the theme “Pearls of Hope and Dignity.”
The First Supper
The first supper was served to twelve people on card tables in a parking lot at the corner of Hibbert & Main Street in Mesa. That was then.
Today more than 250 of our neighbors in need receive a hot meal every night of the year in the dining hall at the current location on Broadway Road in Mesa. Paz de Cristo doesn’t stop there.
Feed, Clothe and Empower
Services have expanded from providing more than 50,000 meals each month to helping people completely turn their lives around. The organization’s mission is to Feed, Clothe and Empower people in need.
Clean clothes, a hot shower and a new haircut give guests a fresh start. Their transformation can be seen and felt as they stand tall with hope for a brighter future.
Volunteers and staff help people find jobs and remove barriers so that they can get ahead. One-on-one assistance searching through job openings, writing resumes, applying for jobs online and preparing for interviews propels people forward. Essentials for the job search are provided including an email address, bus passes for transportation to interviews, birth certificates and vouchers for Arizona identification.
Since the Job Center opened in 2014, more than 1,300 people have taken advantage of these services.
Paz de Cristo’s work is fueled by the Mesa community. “We are grateful to have such generous, faithful volunteers and donors as part of our family,” stated Executive Director Arlen Westling. “They’ve made these thirty years possible!”