At SJW, it is our Mission to get our Valley community’s economically disadvantaged, homeless and those in life transitions or experiencing crisis, employed in quality jobs that will help them become healthy and independent individuals and contributing community members.
Regardless of the economic climate, we believe that there are always available jobs for those who are willing to work. That’s why St. Joseph the Worker is currently the largest 100% community funded employment organization in Arizona, responsible for employing more individuals in real, paying jobs than any other workforce organization in Arizona.
In 1988, a group of individuals arrived at André House to receive a free meal and began voicing their frustrations about the lack of basic employment resources available to them, “we want to work but don’t have the tools.” Wanting to help, Father Michael Baxter opened St. Joseph the Worker a few months later. Since then, SJW has given resources they need to obtain quality employment.
At St. Joseph the Worker, we have a very special tradition. Every time one of our clients obtains a job, they ring the "Success Bell". The whole office stops what they're doing to celebrate our client and their new job. You can read all their stories here.
Abuse, medical debt, and poverty were things Calvin had become accustomed to after a workplace injury left him with an unpaid worker’s compensation claim and an expensive surgery bill. This put a strain on his marriage and Calvin’s wife began making him feel small, saying he “couldn’t even afford to pay a water bill without her.” This lit a fire inside Calvin that burned brighter than the fire around him, so he moved to the best place to rise from the ashes: Phoenix.
After years of battling substance abuse and having endured two prison sentences, Jeffrey has been sober and celebrating recover since 2017. We met Jeffrey years ago but due to the Coronavirus, Jeffrey needed a new job. Knowing we’d still be here for him, he called. This is is his story.