Brinton Elementary School – We provide school supplies to the local elementary school.
Project Help – Project HELP is a program within the Apache Junction Unified School District designed to meet the needs of students whose economic/environmental condition may affect their general welfare and opportunity to attain educational success. We provide back to school supplies for those who may not be able to get them otherwise.
Apache Junction Food Bank – Food is collected weekly and taken to the Apache Junction food band to feed those in need.
CAAFA: Transfiguration provides donations to the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) in Apache Junction. CAAFA, which was founded in 1998, serves male and female victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Northern Pinal County and Eastern Maricopa County. Their mission is “Empowering individuals, families and communities to be free from abuse through collaboration, prevention, awareness and support.” They work in conjunction with several other programs around the valley to provide comprehensive services for victims.
CAAFA services include a 24/7 crisis line, a 16 bed shelter, advocacy, legal advocacy, support groups, one on one empowerment sessions, outreach and education, and prevention programming. In addition, CAAFA is a distribution location for the United Food Bank and provides food boxes to anyone in the community including homeless. They do not charge for services and are funded by grants, donations, and fundraisers. There are 10 paid staff and a number of volunteers who serve on the board of directors, help in the office, work at community events. You may be interested in being a volunteer or assisting in some other way.
Cathie Riely is our winter liaison with CAAFA. We have a plastic tote in the parish hall for collecting donation items, and Cathie takes them to CAAFA. Mary Etheridge has been the summer contact person. On the top of the tote is a list of items that CAAFA needs on an ongoing basis. Also CAAFA provides us with periodic wish lists which we post on the ECW bulletin board. The types of items that we have taken to CAAFA include toiletries, bedding, pillows, clothing, and cash donations. They cannot accept stuffed animals because of the possibilities of allergic reactions by children.
Million Meals: “A Million Meals for Our Neighbors” is a food outreach program which operates under the name of Jacob’s Kitchen. Jacob’s Kitchen is a funding mechanism which now has provided for well over one million meals through a variety of food distribution programs serving the hungry in Eastern Maricopa and Western Pinal Counties. Miraculously, most of this funding has been provided by our own parishioners with only pocket change!
Hope Women's Center: Hope Women’s Centers (Apache Junction, Coolidge and Phoenix) serve women and teen girls facing difficult life situations including domestic abuse, sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancy, prostitution, homelessness, drug/alcohol addiction and family conflict. With a biblical approach, mentors and teachers provide assistance, encouragement and support. There is no charge for services which include one-on-one mentoring, educational classes, pregnancy testing, material/utility assistance, substance abuse recovery support, support groups.
At Hope more than 90% of the mentoring/teaching and support activity is by volunteers. With 10 paid staff and three locations the volunteers are the “heart and soul” of the ministry. Volunteers assist in all aspects of the program including yard work, office assistance, event planning, board of directors, and participating in the prayer team. Each quarter Hope offers a “Women with Hope” evening with an opportunity for the public to tour the center, meet clients and staff, and learn more about the programming.
Sample classes and groups at the Apache Junction location include Bible Study, Food and Nutrition, Getting Free from Past Abuse, Women of the Bible, Straight Talk for Teen Girls, CPR, Pregnancy Classes, Sexual Assault Recovery Group, Sewing for Others, Beginning Sewing, Prenatal and Infant Care, Job Skills, and Grief Group. Clients who participate in the education program receive “client cash” redeemable in the Hope Resource Room, at local participating vendors, and toward utility costs (providing that funds are available). Our Women’s Resource Room offers women an opportunity to purchase needed items such as toiletries, clothing, diapers, baby items, food, household items, and utility assistance.
If you would like to help support this worthy program you may take donations for the resource room to the Apache Junction location Tuesdays through Fridays. They accept gently used clothing for women and children, toiletries and household items in addition to financial support.