Catholic Charities in the News

As the charitable arm of the Diocese of Phoenix, we help the most vulnerable in seven counties in Northern and Central Arizona.

Contact: Jean Christofferson
Catholic Charities Community Services
Cell: 602-650-4847

or Mary Hickey
Catholic Charities Community Services
Cell: 602-885-7047



PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 21, 2018) – Veteran supporters will come together on June 3rd to ride through the valley, gather supplies and raise awareness for Catholic Charities’ MANA House Veterans Outreach Center. The outreach center provides a safe place where homeless veterans can receive assistance and cool down from the summer heat.

Aaron Cutrano, founder of Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. is organizing the event to address the needs of homeless veterans in Phoenix. “We want to get supplies for them to stay cool and beat the heat this summer,” says Cutrano. “We are collecting waters, Gatorades, clothing, etc. 100% of all proceeds will go to the Phoenix homeless veterans. After we collect the donations, we’d like to go to MANA House Veterans Outreach Center and distribute the items, with love, from our biker communities!”

All vehicles are welcome at the event. Live music will be provided by JD Madrid and breakfast will be served. Registration starts at 6 a.m. and the ride commences promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per solo rider and $5 per additional passenger. The stops are as follows:

* Lucie’s Sage & Sand Grill – 13831 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ 85307
* Kimmyz On Greenway Rock & Roll Bar & Grill – 5930 W. Greenway Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306
* Connolly’s Sports Grill – 2605 W. Carefree Hwy, Phoenix
* Larry’s Cocktails – 20027 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024
* Chopper John’s – 2547 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
* Lucie’s Sage & Sand Grill – 13831 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ 85307

In most years, Phoenix averages a daily maximum temperature for June between 102 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit. “We don’t need another veteran death, because they thought no one cared,” says Cutrano. “We want to show Phoenix veterans that we care and thank them for their service that ensures our freedom.”

For more information, please contact Catholic Charities at 602-285-1999 or Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. at 602-577-9789.

Founded in 1933, Catholic Charities provides care for the vulnerable of all faiths in central and northern Arizona through programs in foster care, early education, affordable housing, veteran services, refugee resettlement, and homeless outreach. Learn more by visiting Social connections include and