Volume 2 | April 17, 2018
2018 Quarterly Newsletter
Our quarterly e-newsletter will keep you informed of the latest developments at the Human Services Campus and how we are using the power of collaboration to end homelessness.
Homeless 36 Years, Ronald Finds Solutions at Human Services Campus

Born in Germany and raised by adoptive parents in Mesa, Arizona, Ronald experienced an activity-filled youth, even working in his father’s Architect Office at a very young age. He lived with his parents until they passed away when he was 30 and eventually became homeless. Unsuccessful at attempts to work, he also lost his Naturalization of Citizenship documentation, thereby creating a serious barrier to obtaining housing.
After being homeless for 36 years, he came to the Human Services Campus and began working with Coordinated Entry Navigator staff. In November, 2017, a Navigator filed paperwork with the Immigration Office in Nebraska requesting replacement of his citizenship documentation. In an unrelenting search for records, staff took Ronald to the Motor Vehicle Department, Social Security Office, did outreach to Vital Records and, working with Campus’ Homeless I.D. Project, applied for a Certificate of Abroad, in case Ronald was born on a military base. The Navigators working with Ronald took him to Congressman Gallego’s office for assistance and reached out to the Mesa School District to obtain old school transcripts to support Ronald’s request.
On April 10, 2018, five days before his birthday, Ronald came to the Lodestar Day Resource Center bearing a large manila envelope from Nebraska. It contained Ronald’s Certificate of Naturalization. What a wonderful birthday present! Ronald can now obtain his Arizona State ID, apply for a Social Security Card and Social Security Income. Persistence, cooperation, and teamwork were the keys to achieving these major steps towards moving out of homelessness into housing.
Ronald signs his Certificate of Naturalization
Human Services Campus and Lodestar Day Resource Center to Merge
The Human Services Campus, Inc. and Lodestar Day Resource Center have begun the process to merge the two 501(c)3 non-profit organizations into one. The combined entity will be called the Human Services Campus. The LDRC building on the Campus will retain the Lodestar name and continue to function without change. The target effective date for the merger is July 1st. The purpose of combining the two organizations is to:

  • Expand community awareness of the HSC with consolidated branding
  • Provide clarity about the combined mission of the organizations
  • Improve efficiencies in operational functions and expenses

The combined entity will provide:

  1. Campus Operations (Security, Maintenance, etc.)
  2. Collaboration mechanisms for the nearly 20 non-profits located on the Campus
  3. Programs focused on Client Assessments/Coordinated Entry, Outreach, Engagement and Navigation

We are excited to continue our efforts to end homelessness under our upcoming combined structure! Our new logo will be a combination of the two existing logos:
Phoenix Community Alliance Selects HSC as Site for April Board Meeting
The Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) has selected the Human Services Campus to host its upcoming Board of Directors Meeting on April 24th. Four of our Campus partners are current PCA members: CASS, Circle the City, St. Vincent de Paul and the HSC. A tour of the Campus and a collaborative presentation will be provided for PCA Board members representing nearly 50 downtown businesses and organizations. All four Campus partners have also been invited to participate in a discussion about PCA's leadership role in addressing homelessness and affordable housing, as well as advocacy efforts moving forward.
ThirstAID Water Drive To Hydrate Campus Clients in Preparation for Summer
St Joseph the Worker and CASS Lead the Way
Thirst-Aid is a drive to ensure homeless adults in the Valley have their heat relief needs met to prevent serious health concerns common to those exposed to Arizona summers. Thirst-Aid was launched several years ago by St. Joseph the Worker, whose supporters have made it an immensely successful endeavor. Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) and St. Vincent de Paul also have a great history of obtaining and distributing large volumes of bottled water for clients. This year, the HSC is collaborating with all agencies to make this the most successful Thirst-AID campaign yet! for more information or to donate, please call 602-282-0849.
Bottled Water Can Save Lives!
HSC Clients Receive Foot Washings and Foot Clinic on Holy Thursday
Trinity Cathedral, ASU Collaborate with Campus Partners to Make Event Possible
Over 130 individuals were served by 40 volunteers during this compassionate occasion which combined a spiritual, liturgical tradition with medical healthcare. Robert Berra, Episcopal Campus Chaplain for ASU Downtown, spear-headed the effort to bring this wonderful service of foot washings and a foot clinic to the Campus for those experiencing homelessness. St. Vincent de Paul graciously hosted the event. Rev. Berra expressed his gratitude, commenting "This would not have been possible without a significant amount of collaboration" amongst the multiple entities who participated.

To see a short video of the event and acknowledgements of all who contributed, Click Here ,
State, County Unite to Provide Permanent Housing Solutions for Homeless
In an effort to provide a sustainable, impactful solution to the issue of homelessness in Phoenix, State and County officials will redirect funding that has previously gone toward the temporary overflow shelter to permanent housing solutions. For more than two years, temporary sleeping mats have been available for the homeless population at St. Vincent de Paul on the Human Services Campus. The Emergency Overflow Shelter at St. Vincent de Paul will be serving guests for the last night on September 30, 2018. A transition plan has been created via a collaborative effort of State, County, Community Partners and Campus Providers. For more information, please contact Cole Hickman, Welcome Center Supervisor, at (602) 282-0832 or email us at admin@hsc-az.org .
2019 Downtown Walk
Event to Help All Campus Partners End Homelessness

In our continuing effort to gain awareness and financial support from the Downtown Phoenix community, the Human Services Campus will be holding a "Downtown Walk" Fundraising Event in the spring of 2019. The Walk will likely start and stop at the Campus, with the State Capitol and Central Downtown included on the route.

Stay tuned for more details in future HSC quarterly e-newsletters!
HSC and CTC on Panel for National Homelessness, Healthcare and Housing Discussion on April 13th
The Association of Health Care Journalists recently held its national conference in Phoenix. Gina Brockdorff, HSC Supportive Services Manager, and Brandi Whisler, Circle the City Director of Outpatient Services, were invited to speak and to serve as two of the three panelists for the discussion. The interactive session dealt with questions posed by reporters from around the country about the inter-relationships among the three topics. The Human Services Campus and Circle the City were honored to be part of the event and to bring national awareness of the collaborative solutions to end homelessness provided by the Campus. Great job Gina and Brandi!
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