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Jaburg Wilk Celebration Benefits 3 Valley Charities

In celebration of 30 years, Jaburg Wilk is holding a charity carnival and silent auction. All proceeds will go to local charities Ryan House, Devin’s Gift and St. Joseph the Worker.

The event takes place Wednesday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Great American Tower, 3200 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Aioli Burger food truck will be selling lunch and will be donating a portion of their profits to the charities. There will be a silent auction consisting of prizes donated by local businesses and St. Joseph the Worker’s revamped mobile unit will be onsite for touring. Popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones will be provided.

Ryan House provides respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. Devin’s Gift provides shower kits to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Cardon’s Children’s Hospital. St. Joseph the Worker helps individuals return to the workforce and become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

All three charities will be on site to talk about their cause.

Sundt Group Photo

Sundt delivers truck load of water for summer heat relief

Sundt Construction Inc., with help from its subcontractors and suppliers, hosted its fifth annual Thirst Aid Water Drive, delivering a semi-truck-load of nearly 200,000 bottles of water to St. Joseph the Worker, a Human Service Campus agency, on Friday, June 6, 2014.

As Phoenix’s summer temperatures hit triple digits, employees from Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, once again participated in the Thirst Aid water drive to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area. Many homeless and disadvantaged people suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the summer months.

Sundt organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 120 cases of water (2,880 bottles). That goal was crushed by the collection of nearly 50,000 bottles. The number tripled the following year when 149,000 bottles came through the door – so many that St. Joseph the Worker was able to share with the entire Human Services Campus. Contributions from Sundt and its partners continue to increase annually. In 2013, Sundt and its partners donated 191,000 bottles of water. This year’s collections totaled approximately 193,000, with additional donations continuing to pour in.

As a result of Sundt’s efforts, St. Joseph the Worker, in collaboration with the Human Services Campus service providers, has not had 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 works 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 its collective donors, St. Joseph the Worker and other Human Service Campus providers no longer have to reach out to the City of Phoenix for assistance. By providing for the individuals on the campus through this collective effort, the City of Phoenix is able to assist smaller agencies that do not have the support of organizations such as Sundt.
Sundt Assembly Line


Mobile job-search office hits the road

St. Joseph the Worker (SJW) has taken its successful job-development program for homeless, low-income and disadvantaged individuals on the road with the Mobile Success Unit, the Valley’s first mobile job-search office.

The private non-profit organization has outfitted a renovated 39-foot, 2003 Newmar Kountry Star RV with four computers and desk space for clients to use for job searches and resume building, a mobile Wi-Fi service and phone, a job developer office, clothing closet and storage space for hygiene products, program materials and supplies.

The RV, fully wrapped with signage and sponsor names, will hit the road the week of May 12 to complement the organization’s 18 satellite locations throughout Maricopa County.

“Adding the Mobile Success Unit to our outreach efforts pushes us beyond the limits of what we’ve been capable of achieving in helping those struggling to find jobs,” said St. Joseph the Worker Executive Director Brent Downs.

“And we would not have been able to expand our reach this way without the $200,000 grant we received from Bank of America through its Neighborhood Builder program.”

St. Joseph the Worker received the unrestricted grant as a 2013 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® honoree, a program recognizing high-performing nonprofits making a significant impact addressing critical needs including workforce development.

“We used the grant for general operating expenses which allowed us to allocate existing funds to buy and renovate the RV,” Downs said.

“Now we can travel anywhere in the metro area to deliver our services and programs to even more motivated men and women looking for work but unable to get to our brick-and-mortar offices.”

Lifestyle RV of Mesa and SJW staff began renovations in March by removing the vehicle’s bed, desk, dining room, couch, washer and dryer and some cabinets. New, commercial-grade carpeting was installed throughout the RV. The living area was converted into a working office, the former bedroom was transformed into a clothing closet and the laundry room became a storage area.

Downs said SJW will now undertake a fund-raising campaign to recover the cost of the RV and the renovation “and allow us to put those dollars to use helping our clients.”

During the first four months of Fiscal Year 2013-14, St. Joseph the Worker helped 1,294 people go back to work, a dramatic increase from the entire FY 2012-13 when the agency placed a total of 925 new hires.

“We expect those numbers to continue to grow,” Downs said.

Also during the first quarter, St. Joseph the Worker provided more than 1,800 different individuals with services ranging from one-on-one job search assistance, job-readiness resource and referrals to “encouragement and support to pursue a self-sufficient lifestyle,” Downs said.

“That is our goal: to help individuals return to the workforce and become self-sufficient, productive members of society.”

For more information about St. Joseph the Worker, visit www.sjwjobs.org.

CBRE - Pursuit of Success

CBRE's Pursuit Of Success Kicks Off Sept. 10

It was a success last year, and organizers are hoping for another big clothing collaboration.

Starting Sept. 10, CBRE will hold its second annual citywide business clothing drive.

The clothing drive, “PurSUIT of SUCCESS,” offers gently used business attire for men and women. It benefits two nonprofit organizations, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and St. Joseph the Worker.

It is also the largest business clothing drive in Metro Phoenix.

The two organizations provide job training, career counseling and emotional support to both women and men in Metro Phoenix. The organizations aim to give men and women the tools they need to succeed in the business world by giving them confidence and a positive self-image.

In 2011 people donated more than 3,900 apparel items to PurSUIT of SUCCESS. With eight additional drop-off locations throughout Metro Phoenix this year, CBRE officials say they believe people will be able to donate even more.

CBRE’s office is located at 2415 E. Camelback. Drop offs can be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the drive ends on Sept. 21.

In addition to the main donation area, 21 CBRE-managed buildings in Chandler, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa are also accepting clothing donations.

To learn more about PurSUIT of SUCCESS, visit: cbre.com/purSUITofSUCCESS