Catholic Charities launched for-profit businesses in 2014 to increase and sustain funding for programs serving the vulnerable in Arizona. The income from these businesses supports Catholic Charities programs for sex-trafficked survivors, veterans, homeless, domestically abused women, foster care children and other vulnerable people.
The Refuge Cafe
The Refuge Café, located at 4727 N. 7th Ave., in Phoenix, serves coffee, wines and a wide variety of delicious food. The cafe has become a hotspot for the downtown community. The café also sells items made by local refugees in Catholic Charities refugee program. All sales go toward funding Catholic Charities programs.
View the menu and hours of operation at therefugeaz.com.
Café Esperanza coffee is for sale in retail stores, like Basha’s, AJ’s and Whole Foods. The coffee is made from Central and South American Arabica beans, sourced though The Rain Forest Alliance. The coffee beans are locally roasted, packaged and distributed to support Arizona’s economy.
A variety of roasts are offered as well as espresso beans. Income made from the coffee goes to support Catholic Charities programs. Order your first bag today at CafeEsperanza.net.
Housing for Hope
Catholic Charities opened the low-income housing complexes Ironwood and Verde Villas apartments in the Phoenix area to help families and veterans at risk of being homeless. Both apartment complexes offer a variety of amenities, like a community room with scheduled events. At Ironwood, there is a pool and playground for children. The complexes also are supported by Catholic Charities staff who teach tenants classes on financial management, job skills and computer education.