Justa Center

 

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Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is proud to support the Justa Center, located on West Jefferson in Phoenix, AZ.

 

The streets are not safe for homeless individuals in general, but older people are particularly vulnerable. Justa Center is a day resource center for those individuals over the age of 55 who have nowhere to live.

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The Center is a caring place where homeless seniors can receive necessary services in a safe environment every day, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Justa Center is the only facility in the Phoenix area that caters specifically to older homeless adults.  Staff members work with individuals to locate earned benefits (e.g., social security, VA, AHCCCS), recover identification documents such as birth certificates and drivers’ licenses, obtain housing and medical assistance, and provide referrals to other services for the poor and homeless in the community.

As an integral part of the safety net, Justa Center helps people address the problems that have caused their homelessness, which can include everything catastrophic:  medical issues, job loss, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues. Once members move out, the safety net continues, as Justa staff visit periodically to ensure they are doing well on their own. Very few “members” return to the streets.

On a given day, more than 120 homeless seniors seek help at Justa Center.  In addition to providing access to a number of social services, Just Center offers some unique amenities to homeless seniors, including showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, computer and Internet access, lockers, coffee, books, and TV.  Church services are held on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., and Bible study, morning prayer, and faith-sharing opportunities are also available.

No one wants to spend their golden years on the streets.  Seniors deserve a place to call home.

Volunteers are always welcome at Justa Center, particularly those with special skills, such as hairdressers, dentists, and podiatrists.  Non-monetary donations are also welcome, especially gently used furniture, new twin beds, coffee, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, reading glasses, sugar, creamer, styrofoam cups, and laundry soap.

For more information on Justa Center please click here.