The Social Services Students in two of the Community Organization & Development Classes at Pima Community College would like to invite the veterans and individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the free event “Hand in Hand -Tucson Cares” on Saturday, December 6th , 2014 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. This event will be held at Santa Rita Park, located at 401 E. 22nd St.  The event’s participants will receive a meal, warm clothes, entertainment, children’s games, and access to various social services that will help them overcome homelessness. Some of the agencies participating include:  The Veterans Administration, Our Family Services, Sullivan Jackson Employment, Arizona DES Vocational Rehabilitation, U of A, Restoration Rights Clinic, Old Pueblo Community Services, and many others who will have staff available to provide information, referrals and support to the participants of this event.


This free community event is being organized as part of a class project. This semester the PCC Social Services students selected to target their efforts to help the veterans and individuals and families affected by homelessness.  The PCC students are partnering with Casa Maria, a local non-profit agency that provides meals to the target population and other non-profit organizations serving individuals and families in need such as New Spirit Lutheran Church.  The students organized themselves into various committees and worked for 4 weeks to secure donations from various local businesses that include: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A, Cake Lab, Walmart, Walgreens, and many others. The students are expecting to serve between 300-350 individuals affected by homelessness, including some children. 


The public is invited to bring additional donations of food, warm clothes and toiletries on the day of the event. The PCC students expect a large number of individuals and families attending the event due to the current economic environment. Pima County families are hurting due to the high rate of unemployment and limited funding support to social services agencies in the area. 


Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Council member Richard Fimbres and County Supervisor Richard Elias have confirmed their attendance for the event.  They will be supporting the PCC students in their efforts to practice their social services skills by targeting a segment of the population facing multiple economic challenges.