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Shoebox Ministry, Inc.

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Address:

7902 E Wood Dr Scottsdale AZ 85260 USA

Mission:

Mission Statement: Shoebox Ministry is a non-profit service organization with an ongoing program for the collection and distribution of personal hygiene kits to the homeless and working poor in the Greater Phoenix Area.

Results:

In fiscal year '14-'15 Shoebox served 32,017 homeless and working poor individuals. We provided them with a toiletry kit, socks, undergarments, and/or a gift-filled purse for Mother's Day. We distributed 13,889 toiletry kits, 2,771 Mother’s Day Purses, 3,249 undergarments, and 43,391 pairs of new socks.

Target demographics:

Homeless and Working Poor

Direct beneficiaries per year:

32,017 homeless and working poor.

Geographic areas served:

Greater Phoenix Area, Arizona

Programs:

Our program serves the homeless and working poor in the community by providing them with free personal hygiene kits that last for up to two months. We provide these kits to Valley shelters and agencies because we believe that a persons ability to maintain their personal hygiene directly helps them overcome some of the barriers that they face from being homeless. One such barrier is a lack of employment. In maintaining their personal hygiene, a homeless individual may gain the confidence to apply for employment, which helps them become self-sufficient and productive members of society. Our program also helps the working poor that may be facing a crisis due to health situations or loss of employment.

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480-905-1610
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Rating: 5 stars  

This nonprofit provides a unique and much needed service to the homeless and working poor in Maricopa County. No other agency provides these services!

 
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Shoebox Ministry is easily one of the best nonprofit organizations out there. What they do is amazing and I feel lucky to have the opportunity of volunteering for them. I had heard of Shoebox Ministry before, but once I started volunteering it really made me realize how much love and effort goes into making the shoeboxes, purses, etc. I can only imagine the difference that Shoebox Ministry is making in people's lives each and every day!

 
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I have been volunteering at Shoebox to get my community service hours for school for the past two years. It was hard to find a place to volunteer when you're only 15. I've enjoyed my time at Shoebox. The people are really nice and I feel like I helped make a difference for the homeless people.

 
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I first experienced The Shoebox Ministry in March of 2007. I received one of their shoeboxes when I checked into Step One, Inc. a recovery facility for homeless Alcoholics and Addicts, like myself at the time. It was such an incredible feeling to have a toothbrush, clean socks, bodywash and other basic hygiene products of my own. especially after being homeless on the streets for 5 years. I have never forgotten how good that made me feel all those years ago. Since that time I have had the privilege of handing out thousands of shoeboxes to my clients. Yes, as I said my clients; I never left Step One and today I am the Executive Director with 8 1/2 years of Sobriety. I have chosen to devote the rest of my life to Step One and to helping others just like me find hope again. We couldn't do it without The Shoebox Ministry.

 
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I run the Reborn Assistance Association, we help hundreds of men each year get back n track. Shoebox Ministry's are a great boon to the men that con in with nothing. Wonderful people going wonderful work. The world needs my like them.

 
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I have worked with shoebox ministry for the past 8 years, since I was 10. It gave me a way to spend time with my grandma volunteering, and also allowed me to organize drives and community service opportunities with my 4-H club. Through all of my experiences with Shoebox Ministry, I have seen how an organization should run. I've been amazed by their kind hearts and dedication to serving others and supplying the needs of homeless men women and children. All the volunteers that make up this organization are kind and sacrificial, truly having a servants heart. They are amazingly brilliant with stretching every penny to help others and truly do care about who they are helping, as well as spreading the word and involving the community. Shoebox ministry truly is an amazing organization that cares about others and serving.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

So uplifting to see the positive results of Shoebox Ministry's efforts in providing needed hygiene items for the homeless and needy and in helping restore their dignity. Soap, deodorant, toothpaste, comb, underclothing, etc. can make such an impact!

 
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Shoebox Ministry has been helping the women of Casa de Amigas for a number of years now. The women receive a 'Welcome Box", which is the 'Shoebox'. Per the women, who usually come from the streets or from jail, it says they matter. I have also been told that it makes them wonder...if people they have never met can care about them then maybe they can learn to care for themselves.
Shoebox Ministry has also helped the women of Casa de Amigas at Mother's Day and over the Holidays, making difficult times a little easier. A "shoebox" may not sound like much but it can, and does make a difference.


 
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Shoebox Ministry helps the homeless and working poor, by distributing shoeboxes full of toiletry items. I have enjoyed making the shoeboxes and delivering them to those in need. It is a wonderful organization, with a big heart for those in need.

 
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I Love Shoebox Ministry because they provide a service to the working poor and homeless population, that no one else does. Shoeboxes full of toiletries, Mother's Day purses for children in shelters to give to their Moms, and gift wrapped socks during the holidays. I know many men and women who have been on the receiving end of Shoebox Ministry, who say that their experiences were life changing. Having the toiletries needed to feel good about themselves and be presentable for job search, provided them with the exact amount of dignity needed to build self-esteem and become productive members of society.

 
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