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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Religion

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 2015-2016 Shoebox served the needs of 34,477 homeless and working poor individuals. We distributed 16,003 toiletry kits, 2,315 Mother's Day purses filled with women products, 2,766 new undergarments, and 37,001 pairs of new socks.

Target demographics: Homeless and Working Poor

Direct beneficiaries per year: 34,477 homeless and working poor.

Geographic areas served: Maricopa County, 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.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mona C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a Corporate liaison to Shoebox Ministry in the charity's infancy. From the outside helping them out I learned what awesome help they give so many. I got a few friends from other companies to get involved with them too and started giving my own money and time to this cause. They are a single point of contact for so many agencies in the state of Arizona to go to for what they provide. I also use them as a go between when there is a large donation of items they don't take - but they know who is in need at that time. The staff and volunteers are the nicest people i have ever met - no "office politics" ever get in the way of helping the less fortunate. They have a lifetime volunteer in me and I suggest everyone view the website and help out. Www.shoeboxministries.org
I bet the next time you take a trip you will bring back one hotel soap and share it - if everyone did that simple thing the homeless would all smell great!
I fill more roles than volunteer and corporate sponsor and donor and probably going for a board position ....

1 Holly99

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2011 I was released from jail to Casa de Amigas for treatment with nothing but the clothes on my back. The first thing I recieved was a shoebox with so many things in it. It was the best thing I had ever gotten. That one shoebox with all of the goodies in it changed my life and made me feel like someone that didn't know me cared. It has been almost 5 years since then. That one gesture of recieving my shoebox was the stepping stone I needed to move forward.I still have my shoebox which I made into a God box during treatment. Thank you Shoebox Ministry! I am grateful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I love the work of Shoebox Ministry and I want to tell the world! It is so easy to see the impact of good personal hygiene on a person! My family loved volunteering with the sock wrap!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was attending CITD UMC along with Judy Borgenson, when she first developed Shoebox Ministries. I donated products & shoeboxes. I have always been a proud supporter of SBM. As the years went by, I had more time to give of myself and have been coordinator for my church to support the year round needs of SBM.
In going out and speaking to different groups, several times I have had a person come up to me and share that they once received a shoebox and how grateful they were. Now they are back on their feet, and giving back!

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the founder of Shoebox I am now in my 29th year with Shoebox. The rewards of working with and for the homeless far outweighs the work going into it. I have met so many awesome men and women who have ended up homeless for a variety of reasons. I have looked at them as some mother's child. Can you imagine how you would feel if that were your child? Regardless of your child's age, it would be so awful to find your child in that place. Although I hate drugs and addiction, that person is still someone's child. By the Grace of God I have never been exposed or introduced to drugs. Young people today are exposed so many times and the peer pressure must be awful. Regardless of how men, women and families end up homeless, they need help. I once read that rather than point a finger at someone, extend a hand up.

I am eternally grateful for the board members and volunteers who have kept Shoebox growing for the past 28 years. They "have no skin in the game" but continue to support and advance Shoebox. They are the reason for the fact that we are now in our 29th year.

One out of four people are one week away from the streets. If they are laid off work and the pay checks stopped, how do they come up with first and last month's rent? They are so close to needing housing and every other need that families have. Shoebox's goal is to help the shelters help their clients. We were the first to provide that support for homeless people in shelters and on the streets. We have been blessed that so many caring folks have cloned what we do, locally and nationally.

Please support Shoebox by volunteering and donating to keep this vital service going. Go to our website to learn more. shoeboxministry.org

For years I have said that you can make an excuse or you can make a difference. Please choose to make a difference.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a gift it is to see a person's reaction when they receive a toiletry kit from Shoebox.

Review from Guidestar

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Shoebox Ministry since the early years. Their focus has always been on bringing dignity back to people that have been displaced for a variety of reasons. Shoebox is dedicated to help with the beginning of helping people get back on their feet. Many need to feel a part of our society. The introduction of a shoe box laying on a bed could be their first place to lay their head in comfort in a very long time. I feel blessed to have worked with a group of dedicated members a volunteers looking toward improving one's way of life. I will continue to help in any way I can.

Review from Guidestar

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Joe_73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


3 Peggy54

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Rebecca G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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).

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 Sara46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!