Partners in Caring

Partners in Caring seeks to engage individuals, families and congregations to promote social, economic, health and other activities in the community.

Programs include employment counseling, emergency food assistance, and the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP). 

Please call 480-654-4539 for assistance or more information.

Employment Counseling

Seeking employment can be a daunting process.  Our staff provides personalized assistance and counsel to unemployed or underemployed individuals. Career assessment and aptitude testing, resume preparation, job leads, resource materials and networking are offered in Maricopa County. Employment counseling is linked to the Maricopa County Workforce Connection database of jobs. The staff provides client access and training on effective use of these resources.

Emergency Food Assistance

 “I am my brother’s keeper” is in the forefront of our work at the Partners in Caring Food Program in Maricopa County, located at Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 E University Drive, Mesa and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N Date Street, Mesa.
 
Donors, community agencies and volunteers collaborate to provide emergency food assistance to low-income individuals, families and the elderly. Volunteers assemble and distribute food supplied by congregations and community food banks. We also work with these caring partners to provide emergency rent and utilities assistance to those in crisis.

Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP)

Each year, between 2.5 and 3.5 million people experience homelessness for some period of time.

I-HELP, through the assistance of the faith community, Mesa United Way, The City of Mesa and community-based organizations provides lodging, food, comfort, hope and opportunity for homeless women in Mesa and the East Valley.

In addition, I-HELP also provides other supportive services such as case management, clothing and employment services to homeless women. Women served through the program are encouraged to develop “Life Plans” in which they set attainable goals leading to a greater level of self-sufficiency.

Financial Literacy Workshops

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is delighted to offer financial literacy workshops. This service encompasses budgeting to create savings, debt reduction and asset building, understanding credit and improving credit rating, as well as valuable information on consumer protection from scams and predatory practices. Typically this training would be conducted in a series of 1-2 hour segments in a group setting. However, individual financial literacy can be available on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please call 480-654-4539.


Service Coordination

In partnership with faith and community partners, LSS-SW provides service coordination in Pima County to at risk and vulnerable populations targeting seniors, veterans and economically disadvantaged families. Service coordination provides goal-oriented and individualized supports focusing on improved self-sufficiency for the persons served through assessment, planning, linkage, advocacy, coordination, and monitoring activities. LSS-SW is a partner organization with Arizona Community Action Association to provide SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) education and application assistance and health insurance outreach and enrollment. LSS-SW uses the Economic CheckUp Tool developed by the National Council on Aging to help seniors access support services and resources. Click here to view their flyer in PDF format.


I-HELP Impacts Lives

Debbie is a recent graduate of the Mesa I-HELP program. She worked for a home care company and her husband worked as a welder. Transportation difficulties led to Debbie leaving her job, and unfortunately, soon after, her husband’s construction contract was cancelled. Before they knew it, their savings were spent and they were evicted from their apartment. Through I-HELP, Debbie not only found lodging, food, and job counseling, but also medical services she would otherwise have missed. A mammogram led to effective treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. “I might have been without a job and I might have been homeless but I never felt helpless,” says Debbie.