Central Arizona Shelter Services
Cold-Freeze Opens Additional Bed Space at Homeless Shelter
[Phoenix DATE] – Freezing temperatures anticipated for this week pose a risk to the Valley's homeless. Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) is implementing its emergency response and additional bed space will be made available to homeless individuals as the temperatures dip below freezing.
CASS has provided emergency relief shelter for over six years and these services have played an integral role in decreasing weather-related deaths among the homeless in the Valley. CASS’ emergency relief efforts take place when the National Weather Service calls an Excessive Heat Warning, the evening temperatures fall below 40 degrees, or for when it rains. CASS partners with street outreach teams, police departments and other faith-based and nonprofit organizations to direct homeless individuals to CASS shelters. For individuals, who choose not to access emergency shelter services, street outreach teams provide blankets and other provisions to ensure safety.
To help meet the needs of the Valley’s homeless this winter, CASS accepts financial donations and in-kind donations of blankets, warm clothing and hygiene products. Visit http://www.cassaz.org for a current copy of their wish list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-417-9800 if you would like to make a donation or coordinate a donation drive or fundraiser.
Ending homelessness in Phoenix has been at the heart of our work since 1984. . Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) is the largest provider of shelter and supportive services for the homeless in Arizona. Our mission is to empower men, women and children with diverse needs to end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services such as street outreach, case management, employment services, Veterans support services and on-site childcare. For more information, please visit http://www.cassaz.org.