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Church assistance programs Phoenix and Maricopa County.

Over 50 churches in around around Phoenix Arizona will provide some of of assistance to the working poor. The religious groups help people of all backgrounds, races, and religions, including individuals that speak Spanish, immigrants, the homeless, and people in poverty. Anyone can turn to their local church for support, such as a free box of food, some money to pay a bill or rent, and other needs.

Each church in Maricopa County is focused on people that live in the town, zip code, or immediate region. They are focused on supporting the immediate community, and the programs do not extend across the county. For anyone that needs help in local one or more churches near them, they can call below for referrals.

Help from churches for money and basic needs

The faith based groups always try to end homelessness in the community. They can direct the currently homeless to shelter, or if someone is behind on their rent payments, some funds may be available to helping the family catch up. Staff at a church can also direct newcomers to some sort of accommodation, such as referring an immigrant or refugee to an affordable apartment. They even help with paper work to become citizens or for government benefits, and volunteers from Saint Vincent church (140 N 51st Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85031, Phone:(623) 247-6871) may be able to coordinate this.

If the need is financial, the staff can review various assistance programs with the client. As there are government as well as charity programs that can offer help with paying rent or that may assist with light or Air conditioning bills. The are many programs available in Phoenix Arizona, and the staff from a church can direct a community member to them.

Church on the Street has support for homeless individuals. This even include drug abusers or the mentally ill. They can be given a hot meal or access facilities at the site, such as laundry. This location is 3210 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017-4504, or dial (602) 257-8918. It can help address the immediate needs by giving food, blankets, or water, but the staff also direct the client to long term support such as rental assistance or entitlement services in Arizona.




Maricopa County churches also work to feed the poor or hungry. This is the most common service available. There may be hot meals served on the weekends after mass or free bags of non-perishable food passed out during the week. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals are also served to the poor and less fortunate. There are dozens of parishes, such as Saint Stephen's Episcopal at 2310 N 56th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008-2699 (dial (602) 840-0437), that participate in these programs.

Providing gently used clothes to the public that are without is another key goal. Churches will often have drop off boxes for the community to bring items to the local parish. Volunteers then sort the goods and pass it out to struggling individuals. Children that need shoes or uniforms for school can use a church. There may also be gently used or new toys passed out in Phoenix as part of Adopt a Family, or work attire such as boots may be given.

Latinos and immigrants that are trying to adapt to the job market in Maricopa County often turn to the church to try to acclimate them to the area too. They often need to learn about how to get transportation across Phoenix (such as bus tickets or gasoline vouchers) or maybe they need tools or clothing for work. Churches will try to meet these needs of all comers, no matter their religion or background. Find more information on Maricopa County free clothes closets.

Additional faith based programs in Phoenix

They truly focus on individuals that are most in need. Whether it is a women leaving a domestic abuse situation, or a senior citizen or child that is sick, the faith based community steps forward. Resources very widely based on location, parish, and other factors.

  • Women and children that are facing violence in Maricopa County can try the Chandler Christian Church, Women In Transition program which is based in Chandler, Arizona 85286. The phone number is (480) 963-3997.
  • Single mothers and new moms can get help they need.
  • Transportation and volunteer ride services.
  • Spiritual guidance, counseling, summer snacks for kids, and much more is also arranged.
  • Holiday parties and gifts.





Generally, anyone seeking financial help from a Maricopa County church, such as from The Bridge to Hope (1815 W Missouri Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85015-3047) needs to be able and willing to work. While they seek that job, they can volunteer in Maricopa County to give back to the region.

Applying for assistance from Maricopa County churches

There are dozens of local churches tat may be able to help. For a location, including addresses and services offered, dial 1-877-211-8661 for intake or referrals.


By Jon McNamara














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