AZ HUGS for the Houseless’ mission is to spread dignity, respect, understanding, friendship, solidarity, empathy, and love to those living on the streets.

Every week for the last year-and-a-half, in collaboration with ASU Project Humanities and many other amazing people around Arizona, AJJ’s Community Outreach Organizer Austin Davis and his team delivered care packs, food, water, tents and special request items to our unsheltered community in the Greater Phoenix area and all over the state.

In addition to providing unsheltered community members with essential items, a major part of what we do involves having conversations, listening to people, and becoming friends with them. Austin asks people what they want the most right in that moment, and then he brings them those items on his next delivery, in collaboration with our community and their donations and generosity.

Whether it’s a hand mirror, a green suitcase, a warm dinner, work boots, being able to listen to their favorite song, a Chicken Soup For the Soul book, medicine, a fuel pump for a car, or even a pack of Q-tips or band-aids, we’ve seen firsthand how happy and loved this small act makes people feel.

Click here to see pictures from our outreach, hear stories from the unsheltered, and see a wish-list of items requested.

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