Reflections from Amy Schwabenlender, Executive Director
Sometimes weekly, and sometimes more or less often, reflections from the front lines serving single adults experiencing homelessness, transitioning from pandemic to endemic, hotter than an oven Phoenix Monsoon Summer, disrupting systems and living up to the legacy of a champion. It's been 21 days since my last post and 32 weeks since losing my sense of smell. No new scents on top of bleach, citrus cleaning supplies, and some chemicals; I fear that I am growing used to the inability to smell beloved coffee and chocolate.

And I am not unhoused. I am privileged enough that I could take a break. I didn't plan to not write for three weeks. After an overscheduled week, the husband and I went on a week vacation, and then I spent a week digging through the work that accumulated. No complaints, no regrets. We had a week in clean, fresh, crisp air in the Lake Tahoe area. It was our first time there, and we soaked up every minute.

Per usual, it took me about 2 1/2 days to really disconnect from the phone and its apps, work, and to overcome the guilt of not "working." Life for me at the Human Services Campus really is a vocation not a job. Investing in myself, my relationship with my husband, and recharging is necessary for the long-term health and success of all of us. And the physical distance from the unending demand for services by people experiencing homelessness, gave me the space to reflect in a different way on the status of things, the challenges, and the opportunities. And the literal reflection in the Lake... that natural beauty is a healing balm for the spirit and soul. [Read More...]
HSC Staff Celebrate 4th of July
After a two-year hiatus from pot lucks due to COVID, HSC Staff celebrated the 4th of July with a BBQ picnic. It provided a brief respite from the hard work that they are committed to doing every day. The daily challenges of working to end homelessness by doing whatever it takes have a real impact on their personal professional lives.
For front line staff, most of this work is intense and stressful, yet they carry a remarkable passion. It is amazing to watch them in action and to witness their team interaction where they have each other’s backs. Most importantly, the level of care and commitment they have to each of our guests here at the Campus is genuinely inspiring. It is with gratitude and pride that we recognize the HSC Staff as we celebrate the 4th of July. Please join us in thanking them for all of the hard work they do 365 days a year!
ThirstAID Donation Drop-off is this
Saturday, July 9th, 9 am to Noon
With temperatures expected to exceed 110 degrees this weekend, we need your support more than ever to supply our clients with water. In collaboration with 15 Campus partners, we need at least 100,000 bottles of water per month during the summer heat to help clients stay hydrated and healthy.

Once a month we provide the chance for people to drop off donations in a simple process. You pull up at 13th Avenue & Harrison St., and our staff will remove the donations from your vehicle. We also welcome summer clothing, shoes, new men's/women's underwear, and items for heat relief kitsFor more information or to schedule a drop-off on a different day, please email [email protected] or call us at 602-282-0849. Thank you!
The McQuaid Mission
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McQuaid Mission Update
HSC is partnering with STN TV to release new episodes of McQuaid Mission starting in September. We will keep you posted on dates!

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