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



Westside Head Start Program Recruiting Teachers, Staff in Gearing Up for 2019/20 School Year

PEORIA, Ariz. (Aug. 8, 2019): Catholic Charities Westside Head Start is gearing up for the 2019/20 school year by recruiting passionate, knowledgeable teachers and instructional staff to fill open positions in several locations in the West Valley.

Catholic Charities Westside Head Start provides comprehensive early, continuous, year-round childhood education through a holistic approach by working with the whole family. Programs emphasize pre-reading, language, math, cognitive skills, and health, social and emotional competence to prepare disadvantaged children for school and to maximize their potential for a bright future.
The program is seeking individuals who have a passion for helping children change their lives for the better. “It’s like a second family here,” said Maria Pataka, Family Support Specialist in Glendale. “I love working here and look forward to every day.”

Full-day (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and half-day (8-11:30 a.m. or 11:30-4 p.m.) classes are available in Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria and Tolleson. Applicants can apply online at Benefits for eligible employees include health and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, pension retirement plan, 403(b) retirement plan, ongoing professional training and more.

Students and families eligible to enroll in Westside Head Start include expectant mothers, children ages 0-5, and children with special needs, foster children and homeless children. Enrollment, other than for families with a member who has attended Westside Head Start or expectant mothers, can be done online at Expectant mothers and families with members who have attended the program should call 623-436-9868.


For more information, please contact Catholic Charities at 602-285-1999 or visit

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