Jessie Grissom was excited to leave Georgia for a job in the West. He had been promised a job near the Grand Canyon, but when he arrived the job had been given to another.
Alone, Jessie hitched a ride to Flagstaff. He didn’t have a place to live or a support system. He knew he needed help and found Catholic Charities.
“Clifford,” an Air Force veteran in his mid-70s, was living in Colorado when he found out that his niece in Flagstaff, Ariz. had cancer. She didn’t have much time left, so he moved to spend her last days with her, so she would not be alone.
Clifford transferred his social security benefit to Prescott, Ariz., so he could stay, but when his niece passed away, Clifford had nowhere to go. Clifford’s niece’s health deteriorated so quickly, that Clifford lost her in weeks, and with her gone, he also lost his place to live.
Regina Gillen, volunteer for Catholic Charities homeless outreach, uses a gentle approach and a smile to positively impact the lives of homeless individuals in Cottonwood, Ariz.
Cathy Wilson, volunteer for Catholic Charities homeless services, uses a caring and kind approach when working with the homeless population in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
As Harris serves homeless individuals that have been diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI), she wants to make their transition from homelessness to finding a home as easy as possible. In her role, she seeks out the homeless in Mohave County and then guides these individuals to services offered by Catholic Charities.
In response to a local housing crisis shortage for affordable housing, Catholic Charities is leasing 28 studio and two one-bedroom apartments from Eureka Apartments in Prescott. These units will be available to low-income individuals experiencing homelessness with a preference for serving veterans in the Prescott community.
Each year, Catholic Charities interns, volunteers and staff partner with other agencies around Arizona for the annual Balance of State Point In Time Homeless Winter Count. The annual count surveys the number of people living on the streets across the state. In late January, our staff searched for homeless in Coconino, Yavapai and Mohave counties.
Corrin Johns, outreach staff for Catholic Charities, hit the road to check homeless hotspots after the recent blizzard and sub-zero temperatures—but specifically to see one 60-year-old man named Jeff.
Catholic Charities homeless services team goes out on foot to find people living on the streets during snowstorms. This team spends hours searching neglected parts of Flagstaff to find the homeless. Local parks, drainage tunnels, bridges and shopping centers are hotspots where homeless seek relief from the harsh winter weather.