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Just B

Just B – B Just Now In Whole Foods In Phoenix

A social enterprise company, Just B – B Just, is a program of the Lodestar Day Resource Center located on the Human Services Campus in Phoenix. The innovative non-profit organization is known to be a national model for ending homelessness and as of Monday, July 2, 2012 the social enterprise company has moved into a major retail outlet. Just B products that until now have been sold at mainly at farmer’s markets are now available at the Whole Foods Market located at Tatum and Shea in Phoenix with plans to get the product into all five Arizona stores, and hopefully nationwide.

“We are very excited,” remarked Mike Tapscott, Special Projects Manager for Just B. “We have a great, high quality products and the company is run almost entirely by formerly homeless individuals. Through this social enterprise, we allow people to create their own solutions to end their homelessness.”

Jessica Berg, Executive Director the Lodestar Day Resource Center, hopes that the Whole Foods partnership is just the beginning – as more products are sold, and revenues increase, Just B will be able to hire more people looking to end their homelessness. “All of us at Just B – B Just, the Lodestar Day Resource Center, and the Human Services Campus are thrilled about our new partnership with Whole Foods. It is exactly that – a partnership. Whole Foods is now helping us with sustainable solutions to ending homelessness. I’m incredibly proud of the innovative, collaborative work we do on this 12-acre Campus, but we know we can’t do it alone. Homelessness is a community challenge, and we need the community to help us make progress. Whole Foods is an example of socially responsible business, and we are honored that they want to help us get the word out about our work. Now, every time someone buys one of our beauty products at Whole Foods, that individual is helping to end homelessness. We couldn’t be happier.”

Michael Tapscott, the managing director of the Just B program said “Food, water and shelter restore health, but the pride and dignity from a job well done restores life.”

For more information on Just B – B Just, visit Just B’s website at justbbjust.com.

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NRG Contributes More Than $40,000 To Help Human Services Campus

The employees of NRG Energy Inc., raised $20,000—matched by NRG for a total donation of $40,000—to help fund services for the homeless in Phoenix, AZ. The funds will go to Human Services Campus (HSC), a Phoenix-based nonprofit that helps homeless individuals overcome challenges and reintegrate into society.

“As NRG’s business footprint has grown in Arizona, we want to do our part in helping improve the communities where our employees live and work,” said Tom Doyle, president of NRG’s western region. “At a recent Company event held in Phoenix, our employees responded enthusiastically to the welcome we’ve received in Arizona by raising these needed funds to help the Human Services Campus assist those in the community who need it most.”

HSC operates on an 11-acre campus that brings more than a dozen agencies together in one place to help people experiencing homelessness. By creating a “one-stop-shop” for services, HSC staff can literally walk clients from one agency to another, ensuring newcomers receive the care and attention they need.

“Each day, over 1,000 homeless men and women come to the HSC to meet their basic needs, but more importantly they have access to case management, medical care, employment services, and ultimately supportive housing services and programs necessary to permanently and sustainably end their homelessness,” said David Bridge, managing director, Human Services Campus. “With the generous help of our community leaders such as NRG, the Campus meets its mission to use the power of collaboration to create solutions to end homelessness.”

Jim Lodge, Vice President and General Manager of NRG presented the check on Monday, June 25, 2012 to staff and board members of the HSC. “We are very proud of our staff and we believe this investment in the Arizona community is the beginning of a great ongoing relationship between NRG and the Human Services Campus.”

NRG provides distributed solar and district cooling services to Arizona businesses, schools and organizations, plus helps make METRO riders more comfortable with a solar-powered rail station cooling system. The Company is also building two large-scale solar projects in the state: the 290 MW Agua Caliente project in Yuma County and a 25 MW project at Avra Valley near Tucson.

For more information on NRG Energy Inc. and Human Services Campus, visit NRG’s website at nrgenergy.com and visit Human Services Campus’ website humanservicescampusaz.org.

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Sundt Construction To Donate 150K Bottles Of Water To Thirst Aid Drive

Thirst Aid Drive - St. JosephSundt Construction Company, with the help from its subcontractors and suppliers, will lead off the 2012 Thirst Aid Water Drive on May 11 by delivering 150,000 bottles of water by semi-truck to St. Joseph the Worker, a Human Service Campus Agency.

As temperatures rise, employees from Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe are once again gearing up to participate in the annual Thirst Aid water bottle drive to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area. Many of them suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the spring and summer months.

The Sundt Foundation organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 1,200 water bottles. They crushed their goal by collecting 49,000 bottles, and that number tripled the following year when 149,000 bottles came through our doors – so many that St. Joseph the Worker was able to build collaboration with the entire Human Services Campus.

As a result of Sundt’s donation, St. Joseph the Worker, in collaboration with the Human Services Campus service providers, did not have to turn away any individual who needed water.

The Human Services Campus, an unprecedented collaboration of 15 homeless service providers, was created in 2005 to address the growing demand for services by people experiencing homelessness. Each day, 1,300 men and women access resources such as shelter, physical and mental health services, dental care, substance abuse treatment, employment services, and housing placement.

Collectively, each agency worked with their supporters to collect donated water and heat relief funding to be able to provide for the needs of the individuals utilizing services on the Human Services Campus.

Each year, the City of Phoenix holds a water drive and places hydration stations around the community.  With the support of our collective donors, St. Joseph the Worker and other Human Service Campus providers did not have to reach out to the City of Phoenix for the first time.

By providing for the individuals on the campus through this collective effort, the City of Phoenix was able to support smaller agencies that do not have the support of organizations such as Sundt Construction Company.

The goal for this year’s drive; Collecting 150,000 water bottles and continuing the commitment to making the event as green as possible. How? St. Joseph the Worker in partnership with the Human Services Campus providers, are installing recycling containers at all areas where trash receptacles are currently located so that the water bottles aren’t thrown away.

“As Sundt employees, we’re fortunate to have nice jobs in comfortable offices where we always have access to clean, cool water,” says Lisa White, a Foundation board member and organizer of the event. “Not everyone is so lucky, which is why the Sundt Foundation decided to get involved in Thirst Aid with our own water bottle drive. Since then, the participation and support have been tremendous. Many of our subcontractors have also gotten involved. It’s so satisfying to reach out and do what we can to help others – for them and for us.”

“On behalf of everyone here at St. Joseph the Worker, we wish to thank Sundt Construction Company for being the foundation that makes these collaborative efforts possible,” says Brent Downs, Executive Director for St. Joseph the Worker.  “Their continued support will provide needed heat relief to over 1,300 men and women every day!”

For more information on Sundt Construction, visit Sundt’s website at sundt.com. Also, for more information on Thirst Aid, visit St. Joseph the Worker’s website at sjwjobs.org/thirst-aid.