The Luke Air Force base crew bought shelves and went to work in organizing, charting and sorting clothing, small appliances, kitchen ware, blankets, pillows and other donations given to help veterans start a life after leaving MANA House. The crew also served meals throughout the day to veterans.
Catholic Charities' Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) located at the Lodestar Day Resource Center is like an oasis for veterans experiencing homelessness in Phoenix.
The VOC offers a place where veterans have access to coffee, cold water, computers, chargers, snacks and more.
Seventh graders at St. John XXIII Catholic school put their hearts into creating homemade Valentine’s Day cards for the veterans at Catholic Charities’ MANA House. The MANA House veterans are men who have experienced homelessness and usually lack any strong family ties or emotional support. The Valentine’s Day cards came at a time when many found themselves feeling lonely.
Laine ran her own lemonade stand to raise money for homeless veterans. She ran a full-service stand. She got her grandmother to bake and package cookies. Her neighbor made the lemonade. She did the promoting. And raised around $100 for homeless veterans.
Peter Fleckenstein was proud to serve our country as a Marine. He was a successful business man until his world fell apart. Eventually he ended up on the streets.
Army Veteran Phil Dill, 49, found himself homeless in Phoenix after a failed business and a serious health issues that landed him in the VA Hospital. Laying in his recovery room, Dill feared recovering on the streets until he got referred to the MANA (Marine, Army, Navy, Air Force) House, a transitional living house run by Catholic Charities in central Phoenix.
Oscar Martinez is 56 and starting his third career. This time—he’s choosing one that he loves.
“I want to do something I enjoy,” says Martinez. “I worked jobs for the salary all my life and now I’m broke. Now, I want to earn a living doing something that makes me happy.”
Urban gardens are on the trend and Catholic Charities wanted to take part in the adventure in the midst of central Phoenix. Through a partnership with PHX Renews, Catholic Charities’ MANA House is expanding an urban agricultural space to service clients from our various programs.
"This has been one of the greatest privileges for me,” said Karynda Kearns. “This has been a healing experience for us.”
MANA House recently celebrated it's 5th anniversary with fanfare. Members of the community, several organiztions that support veterans and local goverment officials were in attendance along with MANA House residents and staff.