Andre House is a faith-based homeless services agency that meets the critical basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless population in the Phoenix metro area, just east of the Capitol district. Our services are rooted in hospitality and our mission is to provide these services with kindness, dignity and respect to all of our guests. Sometimes the most valuable thing we can offer our guests is to be present with them and all of these services provide that opportunity.
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Andre House serves dinner for the area, six nights a week for about 550 guests. Meals are prepared by volunteers and served by those same volunteers with our spirit of hospitality.
Clothing is provided free of charge to approximately 150 guests each week. We give guests the choice to choose the clothes they want-whether it be for a job interview or something that just makes them feel nice.
Guests may drop off their clothing to be laundered and can pick them up later that afternoon. Staff does the laundry so guests can have a moment of respite while their laundry is being done.
We provide showers and toiletries for our guests five days a week. Our showers are individual units, which gives our guests acces to basic self-care but the privacy and dignity they deserve to do it.
The office is a catchall to meet a lot of basic needs. Guests can make phone calls, get a blanket, first aid items, and over the counter pain medications. This is also an opportunity for guests to get one on one time with staff.
Desiring to offer hospitality and healing like the Andre House namesake Br. André provided for so many people, we have a ministry called portering. This is a ministry in which staff sits in our parking lot near the volunteer entrance and it's mostly a ministry of presence to guests. We hope to provide a place of hospitality and healing for our guests; the healing may not be physical healing, but may be emotional or spiritual.
Lockers are the only service for which we charge a fee to cover the cost of what Andre House pays to the leasing company. Lockers offer a place to store possessions that would otherwise have to be carried by guests all day long to job interviews, to work, etc. Even with nearly 100 lockers onsite, they are almost always rented.
A lawyer and former judge are volunteer co-coordinators of the legal services program providing pro bono lawyers to meet with guests in their areas of specialty. Experience from similar programs have shown that 60 percent or more of guests do not make the first appointment if they have to travel to a lawyer’s office.
Lawyers are on-campus to meet with guests twice a month.