Reflections from Amy Schwabenlender, Executive Director
Reflections from the front lines serving individuals experiencing homelessness, through a global pandemic, Phoenix winter, and living up to the legacy of a champion.

It has been more than two weeks since my last post. The break from social media was not planned and was cherished. Personally my recovery from COVID is incrementally better each day with remaining mild congestion, dryness in my head, and loss of smell. My energy levels are improved. Fingers crossed I am nearing the end of this COVID chapter.

COVID response continues for our clients and employees. Minimal positive cases are emerging from the Human Services Campus. It's surreal to think that we are approaching the two year mark of operating in "COVID mode" with PPE and reduced numbers of people indoors.

And we are in another Phoenix winter, where 50 degrees and no sunshine does feel cold. Yes, I know in my hometown the high temperature was 21 degrees today. It's all relative. Tonight with a low of 38 degrees on Phoenix pavement, it will be cold. Colder than any human being should have to live outside and attempt to sleep in. [Read More]
Project Connect Brings Service, Resources to People Experiencing Homelessness in Tempe on January 11.
Individuals experiencing homelessness in and around Tempe will be connected with a range of services and resources during "Project Connect" from 8 am to 3 pm at the University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda Drive in Tempe.

Guests will be able to meet with professionals providing housing support, healthcare screenings, job search and preparation, legal assistance and vital records and identification replacement, among other services. COVID-19 screenings, tests and vaccines also will be available and guests will have access to clothing, haircuts, showers, food and even bicycle repairs.

Between 250 and 300 guests are expected at the event organized by the HSC in collaboration with many of our 16 nonprofit partners. Volunteers are needed for: set up 6 am to 8 am; guest guides 7 am to noon and 11 am to 3 pm; floaters 7 am to noon and 11 am to 3 pm; clean up 2 pm to 4 pm. For volunteer information, contact Monica Hakala at
Episode 24 of
The McQuaid Mission
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This TV series was created to continue Mike McQuaid’s mission to end homelessness here in the Valley. Mike McQuaid believed the problem could be solved, but he also knew it would take a community working together to achieve this goal. STN, in collaboration with the Human Services Campus and ASU’s Action Nexus, is working to shine a light on the challenges and, more importantly, the solutions.

In this episode, we take an inside look at the Arizona Housing Fund. Founder Howard Epstein joins us live in studio for this conversation. See how local business leaders are paving the way when it comes to building more affordable supportive housing in our state.

Special guests include Howard Epstein, Founder, Arizona Housing Fund; and John Kobierowski, President & CEO, ABI Multifamily.

Episode 25 will air on Monday, January 17th! Click Here to View All Episodes.
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