A long-standing Parish Advent tradition, the Giving Tree, is a chance to reach out to brothers and sisters with simple gifts from the heart to help meet their basic needs.Thank you to all of our volunteers! Many hands--young and old--make the Giving Tree possible, from those who make tags for the trees, hang tags throughout the Advent season, move and sort gifts before and after weekend Masses to those who distribute gifts to acencies throughout the Valley. You came forth in record numbers this year, and for that we are most grateful.
Now we're asking everyone to take a tag--or many tags from the trees in the Church--and return the gifts when you come to Mass the weekend of December 16 and 17. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at (480) 775-5200.
Here are desscriptions of agencies that will benefit from your gifts this year:
Adobe Mountain School
Adobe Mountain School, operated by the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, provides treatment, and education of committed youth. Each youth placed in AMS receives rehabilitative services appropriate to the youth’s age, risk, needs, abilities, and committing offenses. This includes education, individual and group counseling, psychological services, health care, and recreation. In addition, the Agency employs and contracts with health care professionals who manage and deliver direct services, including medical health, dental and psychiatric services to committed youth. Look for tags with games, sport balls and puzzles.
Arizona State Hospital
Arizona State Hospital is dedicated to the seriously mentally ill adult civil and adolescent patients who are court-ordered to the Hospital for treatment. The hospital has an inpatient 16-bed adolescent facility and an inpatient 200-bed adult civil facility. The hospital promotes hope and wellness for their patients and creates opportunities to participate in planning, delivering and evaluating services that assist with recovery. Treatment is individualized with goals that focus on education about an illness, instilling hope and improving one's overall quality of life. Grab tags for men’s and women’s clothing as well as journals.
Catholic Charities DIGNITY House provides the prostitution diversion program, Developing Individual Growth and New Independence Through Yourself (DIGNITY). Part of the program is a highly structured, long-term residential program focused on building self-esteem and self-sufficiency. The program provides the physical and psychological distance necessary for women to interrupt the cycle of dependence, substance abuse and incarceration due to prostitution. Some 83 percent of graduates do not re-offend. Select tags listing hoodies/sweatshirts and backpacks to help the women.
Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program provides a welcoming and supportive network to help those new to our country quickly gain independence and become productive members of their new community. Refugees flee their country of origin to save their lives. They run from war and persecution, often having to leave behind family, friends, homes and livelihoods. They are granted refugee status by the United Nations and cleared for entrance to America by our Department of Homeland Security. Each year, the program help assist nearly 1,000 refugees. Many come to the program after spending more than 10 years in refugee camps. Grab tags for dolls, sport balls and toy cars and trucks.
East Valley Adult Resource Center
East Valley Adult Resources provides services to seniors and their families to bring changes to their lives. The dynamic and diverse Active Adult Centers and community-based programs offer a variety of opportunities for older adults to remain healthy, independent, and connected to the community. Whether it's learning a new language, finding the right exercise class, or simply sharing a meal, their ultimate goal is to be welcoming and fun! To help seniors, select tags listing bath towel sets, blankets, nightlights/flashlights and stocking caps.
Paz de Cristo
Paz de Cristo’s mission is to feed, clothe and empower those in need in the East Valley. Paz wants to empower their guests to reach their full potential by removing barriers so they may become more self-sufficient. Every month, over 7000 visits are made to Paz. A large number of these visits are for food. Through the evening meal service and food box distribution, Paz provides over 50,000 meals each month to the homeless, unemployed, working poor and senior citizens. Paz also empowers their guest through the Jobs Program that assists guest in job preparation, resume writing and one-on-one support. Paz also provide the essentials to get a job, including showers and haircuts, bus tickets, clothes for interviews, birth certificates and vouchers for Arizona I.D.’s. Help Paz empower those in need by providing bus tickets, black jeans and workboots.
Diocese of Phoenix Seminarians
Please support our St. Timothy seminarians that are studying to become priests for our Diocese. There are many expenses in seminary and the men are unable to work due to school/parish/community demands. Please look for tags with gift cards for: superstores to help with basic living expenses (hygiene items and school supplies); Amazon help cover the cost of supplemental books for classes; and restaurant/fast food as a special treat.
First Way Pregnancy Center
First Way Pregnancy Centers offer free pregnancy tests, 3D/4D ultrasounds, peer counseling, weekly pregnancy/parenting classes for both women and men, and various means of material support. They work with clients to build healthier families for life changing effects. Some testimonies:
“First Way made me decide to become a mother and not abort my baby. They supported me in every way to become the awesome mom I now am” and “The Men’s Program talked to me about the importance of staying together and keeping our family whole. Best advice I have ever received.” Look fo tags listing maternity and baby items.
Boost A Foster Family
Boost a Foster Family strives to meet the ever growing needs of families who unexpectedly find themselves opening their hearts and homes to a relative’s child in need of foster care. By providing items needed to pass the home safety inspection (such as fire extinguishers, smoke/CO alarms and magnetic lock) these families are able to become licensed foster-care providers in a timelier manner, allowing them to receive much needed resources only available to licensed families.
MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Airforce) House is a peer-support organization of homeless and formerly homeless veterans offering personal, individualized basic resources, community and advocacy for all veterans. They help support veterans to rebuild their lives. Look for tags listing men’s toiletries such as shaving cream and disposable razors.