December 7, 2022

Reflections from Amy Schwabenlender, Executive Director

Sporadic reflections from the front lines serving single adults experiencing homelessness, monitoring COVID transmission levels, a Phoenix chill, disrupting systems and living up to the legacy of a champion. It's been 15 days since my last post. Fifty-two + weeks since losing my sense of smell; sometimes I smell things in the air, however if I dig in close to smell something there's nothing. Like a dog with its nose in the air, I have caught whiffs of fried onions, coffee (!), burnt popcorn, and tea tree oil. Fun times.

At the Human Services Campus, the unsheltered number is consistently over 800 and the sheltered count over 900. The weather is changing with chills and clouds, today fog and humidity. As of late, I hear myself talking and feel like Debbie Downer. I promised to several that I won't be all doom and gloom at the upcoming breakfast event. So, on that note, I am going to focus this Reflections post on the positive. For there are always good things happening, even though the need and demand for services is unrelenting.

Positive, "tell me something good," grateful for items:

1. The 18th Annual Mike McQuaid I am Home Breakfast is December 14th! This is our sole fundraising event. Our goal is $1M. Registration is still open for in person and virtual attendance at iamhomebbreakfast.org. It is 100% free to attend, and we will be asking for donations. [Read More...]

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The McQuaid Mission

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Season 2, Episode 4 of "It Happens at STN"

The December episode includes an update from Valley of the Sun United Way on their Mighty Change agenda as part of the Community Collaborative. In the Room discusses when and how to access professional help for teens, Project Greenprint talks about leaving places better than you found them, and McQuaid Mission examines the reality of affordable housing…. It’s all here in “It Happens at STN.” [Watch it Here...]

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