“If it weren’t for Paz de Cristo, I wouldn’t have a place to stay.” Donald's Story

Don was retired and had just lost his home when the pandemic started. At 79 years of age, he lived on the streets and slept behind a bus stop in downtown Mesa.

He had been on his own for as long as he could remember. Don has no family relationships having become estranged from his brother when his mother died more than twenty years ago.

Don came to Paz de Cristo for a Grab ‘n Go dinner every night. He also received a snack pack with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, food bars and fruit. He discovered the Resource Center where he received personal, one-on-one assistance finding shelter.

With the pandemic in full swing, emergency shelter was hard to find. Don wasn’t eligible for Veterans or low-income housing; but, he persevered. He followed through on leads for a home every day.

Don found a furnished room in a mobile home in Apache Junction. Now Don has his own private bedroom along with access to a shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. “That first night sleeping in my own bed was like heaven,” he said.

Don’s goal is to get an adult tricycle with baskets to do light shopping and run errands. He is back on his feet, safe and secure.

There are many more people like Don who need a helping hand to turn their lives around. Your generosity brings hope to those who need it most.