The Lodestar Day Resource Center is essentially a cooperative of social service agencies; we try to provide as many resources as possible in one location. The following providers offer services within our building:
Community Bridges: Offers an outpatient program for clients that are interested in sobriety. CB refers and arranges transportation to off-Campus locations for crisis care, and refers to many halfway houses or treatment centers. CB offers group support and individual counseling at the LDRC.
Homeless ID Project: Provides the critical replacement identification services to empower the homeless to rebuild their lives & end their homelessness. These services include acquiring: Arizona ID’s, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, social security cards & replacement legal immigration documents. Additionally, on a case by case basis, we can work through acquiring secondary forms of ID as needed which may include: W-2’s, school records, selective service enrollment, and legal records. Homeless ID Project also periodically provides hygiene kits, socks, reading glasses, and bibles. Homeless ID Project can also help with family reconnection and referrals made to other programs.
Homeless Court: Modeled after the nationally recognized Homeless Court in San Diego, California, the Maricopa County Regional Homeless Court was established to resolve outstanding misdemeanor warrants for homeless individuals demonstrating a significant commitment to ending their homeless lifestyle. The Regional Homeless Court was started in early 2006 by Tempe and Phoenix Municipal Courts along with six community based transitional program providers. Individuals who owe fines for what are traditionally though of as “victimless crimes” such as “camping”, can use their time in transitional programs as “community service” in exchange for having their fines waived. Very often it is this burden that can keep an individual homeless. After their fines have have been waived they can start fresh on their path to self sufficiency. The Regional Homeless Court is presided over by the Honorable Louraine Arkfeld and is held the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. at the Lodestar Day Resource Center (1125 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, Arizona).
Human Services Campus Post Office: The LDRC post office is one of the most vital services we have to offer homeless clients in Maricopa County. They serves over 200 homeless individuals daily. It provides a vital service for our clients, allowing them to have an actual physical mailing address at which to pick up their mail. On any given day, the post office staff and volunteers receive, sort and distribute hundreds of pieces of mail including letters from loved ones, court papers, medical insurance correspondence, Social Security checks, food stamp cards, employment offers, drivers licenses and birth certificates. The LDRC post office is open Tuesday through Friday from 1pm to 4:30pm, and on Saturdays from 1pm to 3:30pm.
Maricopa County Adult Probation: Probation officers spend time at the LDRC in order to facilitate probationers remaining in compliance. Any individual who is on probation or who has questions about probation has easy access to the answers they need. Officers are not here to arrest people, but rather to help them move forward with their reintegration back into the community. In addition, the probation department sends an adult educator to the LDRC twice a week to provide a computer lab for professional use, computer literacy training, GED tutoring, and life skills classes.
Southwest Behavioral Health Services: At the LDRC, SW conducts intake interviews and provides case-management assistance, help with medication assistance, housing referrals, transportation and moving assistance, and community education. SW also provides outreach off-campus, and connects those in need with services such as those at the LDRC, or helps clients transition into the Magellan case management system. The SW PATH outreach workers seek out those in need all over Maricopa County, in areas such as the streets, river bottom, shelters, desert campsites, parks, & hospitals.
- Job Readiness – Help to prepare a resume or job application, mock interviews, personal presentation and communication tips, how to effectively explain a criminal history or large gap in employment, and building confidence.
- Job Search – Address and phone number for messages, internet access to job search and submit applications, clothing that is clean, neat and professional, basic hygiene items, and daily bus passes to ensure transportation to and from interviews.
- Employment Support – Reduced monthly bus passes to ensure transportation, financial assistance to pay for work uniforms or shoes, help securing certification or license fees, and assistance for individuals in low-income or part-time employment in locating a higher paying job.
St. Joseph the Worker recognizes that not everyone needs all services. Clients work closely with their Job Developer to determine what level of service is right for them. Services are available in the downtown Phoenix office, at satellite locations hosted by partner agencies, and on the Mobile Success Unit.