Weekly e-Newsletter | March 1st, 2023

Reflections from Amy Schwabenlender, Executive Director

(Written 2-24-23)

Sporadic reflections from the front lines serving single adults experiencing homelessness, tracking COVID, post-week of wind in Phoenix, disrupting systems and living up to the legacy of a champion. It's been seven days since my last post. 17 3/4 months of loss of smell; new scents are all less than pleasant, for example burnt popcorn.

The last week at the Human Services Campus was less traumatic than the previous one. Still we are fraught with tensions over how to connect 941 unsheltered in our neighborhood with services. And feeling helpless while a day of wind gusts (reported over 60 mph at the airport) stretched, tore, and flung possessions across streets. People hunkered down in their temporary shelters built from random pieces of materials.

After several conversations, meetings, and listening to presentations this week, today I turned off my computer and looked at my white board. There is no clear picture, diagram or formation of words that paints a clear strategy or goals for 2023. There are random notes. The P, I, H for Prevention, Interventions, and Housing.

Refrains from those meetings and conversations this week echoed in my brain. All the advocacy for more housing. Yes, we need more housing. All the anxiety over the impending end of American Rescue Plan and CARES Act funding that have provided critical resources for the intervention services, like shelter, that assist people experiencing homelessness. Yes, we need those services.

With my bag and purse in hand, I said out loud to only myself, "we have to prevent the shit out of homelessness."

Not my most eloquent thought and expression.  [Read More...]

St. Joseph the Worker's Hike for the Homeless

is this Saturday, March 4th

Join us for the 25th Annual St. Joseph the Worker Hike for the Homeless!

In the spirit of collaboration, our team “HSC Hikers” will be trekking through McDowell Mountain Park in support of our longtime Campus partner, whose focus is on transforming lives through employment. St. Joseph the Worker helped over 5,000 people gain sustainable employment in the last year.

Join the HSC team, start your own team, or come on your own for a great hike and learn how St. Joseph the Worker works to end homelessness through gainful employment.

Volunteers Needed for Project Connect on March 14

Take a Tour of the Human Services Campus

Seeing the Campus in person is THE best way to understand the day-to-day work done by the collective of 16 organizations working together to end homelessness. The first Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am we offer tours of the 13-acre Campus. The next tour is April 1st.


To sign up, please contact us at admin@hsc-az.org or call (602) 282-0853.  

Get Caught Up on

The McQuaid Mission

on the


Season 2, Episode 5 of "It Happens at STN"

Get caught up with Episode 5 to hear more about opportunities and challenges with receiving a large government grant, the Leadership Profile of a UMOM employee, and a special Impact Feature of the HSC Street Outreach Team.

The next episode will be filmed Thursday, March 2nd and post online next week.

Click Here to View All Episodes.

Mission:  Using the power of collaboration to create solutions to end homelessness
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