Shoebox Ministry, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews 563

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Religion

Location: 7902 E Wood Dr Scottsdale AZ 85260 USA

Mission: Shoebox Ministry was founded in Oct. 1988 by Scottsdale resident, Judy Borgeson. She knew there were agencies providing shelter and food for the homeless, but none focused on their personal hygiene needs. It was important to be clean before going on a job interview. Since our beginning we've distributed over 104,800 toiletry kits to homeless agencies and shelters in the Greater Phoenix Area.
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EIN 86-0690847
www.shoeboxministry.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Shoebox Ministry has continued to touch SO many lives as tough times are hitting not only men or women in shelters but families that are struggling with loss of jobs and or homes. Communities in Schools has been asking for family boxes so that kids can try to continue to learn during these challenging times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More $$$ coming in for support.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Have been involved with Shoebox Ministry for over 20 years and so proud of the way that this organization not only serves the Working Poor thru it's programs that benefit so many shelters, but also in how they can stretch a dollar to serve many. In this eco-friendly times too, what better way to recycle shoeboxes and hotel toiletries for the ongoing NEEDS but there's also the Undie Sunday in the fall and the Christmas Sock drive as well as Mothers' Day purses and a special drive for Fathers' day. Yes, Arizona residents a contribution to SBM qualifes for our state Working Poor tax credit (consult with your tax advisor to be sure).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the eyes of a homeless person getting their only wrapped Christmas gift, a brand new pair of socks. Something they've not had for months.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the outreach thru the benefit of additional corporate grant funding to help replace some of the reduced city grants due to budget cuts those entities have had in recent economic tough times. More corporations and chariitable foundations need to know of the good SBM does at a very low administrative cost.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer for Shoebox Ministry. I volunteer for them because they target a need that no one else does. How can a homeless person find a job if they are dirty and unkept? Shoebox Ministry addresses this problem which other agencies ignore. With only one paid employee and many volunteers they distribute up to one thousand toiletry filled shoeboxes every month. They help people in need and change lives!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer for Shoebox, and have been for a number of years. I can attest, first hand, the impact Shoebox has on people. I have seen the happiness and appreciation on peoples faces when they recieve on of our kits. I have heard the "oh wow", the "oh thank you, socks!" when they open the box. Shoebox provides a great service and I am proud to volunteer for them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer for Shoebox Ministry and work with them because their mission is so near and dear to my heart. Shoebox Ministry has such an incredible team that works together to help fight homelessness and give back to those who are truly in need. They have made an amazing impact on their communities and have the most passionate team members working towards this very important cause!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an update that just wanted to share with all....in spite of extremely tough economic times, Shoebox Ministry has found new supporters that have given of their time to help make up for the reduced charitable giving of both cash and toiletries. At this special time of year, the annual Sock Drive that makes such a difference for the homeless the GOAL is 40,000 pairs of new socks to wrap individually and for many they say to us "this is the ONLY Christmas gift I'll get". Shoebox's Executive director has too take the lead on a new program "Project Connect" with Valley of the Sun United Way and several hundred homeless get served thru that outreach each month. In Arizona we are truly blessed to be able to give cash donations to Shoebox and receive not only a charity deduction but also a state Working Poor Tax Credit.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been honored to coordinate our church's annual drive to help provide socks and other items for the homeless through Shoebox Ministries. The work this charity does, those they reach out to, and those they serve are in desparate need and often this is the only charity that will help. We are blessed and privileged to associate with such a fine, giving, and loving charity as Shoebox Ministries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the joy on faces as the socks and other items are given. A simple gift is so life changing and so uplifting for those who are able to give.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love to give this charity more money to impact more lives and more avenues in which to do so.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

I think that this charity keys in on the very real needs of clothing such as undies and socks, as well as offering other services. If one is not warm, or does not have clothing to put on, the rest of the needs are somewhat meaningless if the person cannot have the dignity of clothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with this non-profit for 22+ years. They have consistantly served the homeless and near homeless in multiple ways. Their ongoing main project is to supply toiletries to the homeless and near homeless by providing personal hygiene items packed in a shoe box. There are four kinds of boxes: man, woman, woman with child and family. The shelters and homeless agencies receive the boxes free from Shoebox Ministry and then are required to distribute them at no charge to a person in need while monitoring the distribution to make sure than they are only given to those who really need them and that the items will not be sold or traded for other items or money.

Shoebox Ministry also does an anuual sock drive, a Mother's Day program that provides purses filled with cosmetics and other special items for women, and a month long drive for underwear for the homeless.

Shoebox Ministry has also helped many other groups and individuals to clone Shoebox Ministry's programs locally, nationally and even internationally so that many more needy people will recieve the much needed toiletries at no charge.

Check their website to donate, volunteer or get more information. www.shoeboxministry.org

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen lives changed by restoring dignity to the homeless and near homeless. One recipient referred to it as Love in a box.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would grow it large enough to help every deserving person who needs this type of help.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteered here with my two daughters filling purses for their Mother's Day Purses event. Had a lot of fun and it was a great experience. Very relaxed atmosphere. Even my 7 year old was able to do this. Not many places (that are safe & appropriate) to volunteer with young children. We will definitely be going back to volunteer again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it was a great opportunity for my children to learn about helping and giving to others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish they were open on the weekends.

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