Jan. 14, 2013
As temperatures dip below freezing again tonight, City of Phoenix employees from the Police, Fire, Human Services, Water, Housing and other departments continue to keep a vigilant eye on the community.
"As cold weather continues in Phoenix, it is important to keep the homeless and other vulnerable residents in our thoughts and prayers and to do everything we can to help those in need by keeping them safe and warm," Mayor Greg Stanton said.
"Thank you to our partners and Phoenix shelters for opening up more beds and providing more meals over the last several cold days. Thank you to Phoenix police for their compassionate outreach and providing blankets. Most importantly, thank you to community members who continue to volunteer their time."
Residents are encouraged to donate blankets, hats, gloves, coats, underwear and socks in children's or adult sizes to the city's Winter Respite program. Donated items, which are tax deductible, may be delivered to the Human Services Department, Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., 18th floor, or any of the city's three family services centers: Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave.; John F. Long, 3454 N. 51st Ave.; and Sunnyslope, 914 W. Hatcher Road.
"A donated jacket, shoes or blanket could literally save a life tonight," said Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela, chairman of the City Council Neighborhoods, Planning and Development, Housing and Homeless Subcommittee. "This is an opportunity for Phoenix residents to once again show how compassionate we are when it comes to helping people in need."
The donations are distributed to the community by outreach teams including Basic Mission, Catholic Charities, Church on the Street, Community Bridges, Healthcare for the Homeless, Home on the Way Ministries, Native American Connections Inc., Set Free Ministry, Son Lit Foundation, Southwest Behavioral Health PATH Outreach, Stand Up for Kids, TERROS, The Salvation Army/Project HOPE, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and US Vets.
"These freezing temperatures not only impact the people living on our streets, but also the pets who are so often by their side," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, co-chair of the City Council's Animal Cruelty Prevention Task Force. "I hope we all consider these four-legged friends when making our donations."
For more information about the Winter Respite program, contact Tim Cole, city of Phoenix homeless programs coordinator, at 602-534-5463 or email@example.com