St. Joseph the Worker hosts ‘Celebration of the Worker’ event this September

This article originally appeared in Arizona Free Press.

Proceeds empower individuals who find themselves in dire straits

From 7 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, St. Joseph the Worker is hosting its 8th annual Celebration of the Worker Annual Community Breakfast at the Phoenix Country Club.

Free to attend, the event is the nonprofit’s most significant fundraiser of the year. SJW’s sole mission has been to help economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient with the tools and support needed to secure quality employment.

Through the event, the community has the opportunity to directly support this mission and the job seekers who rely on SJW, according to a press release.

In its fiscal year 2021-22, SJW provided its services to more than 7,300 individuals and connected 5,399 individuals with employment. The organization serves clients from more than 50 ZIP codes across the Valley through its five locations and 90+ nonprofit, government and private partners, the release states.

SJW has helped transform the lives of more than 35,000 individuals since its establishment in 1988 and continues to dispense the resources needed to remove employment barriers and create success.

“The work we do at St. Joseph the Worker has a ripple effect — not just on our clients’ lives, but also their spouses, children and anyone else who depends on them. Our success as an organization depends on the generous support we receive from the community,” said acting CEO at St. Joseph the Worker Dean Scheinert. 

“And, by supporting our Celebration of the Worker event, you’re helping individuals who are experiencing homelessness or financial hardship find a reliable job, get a new start and become economically self-sufficient.”

Jarrett Ransom, SJW’s chief philanthropy officer, and Rick DeBruhl, award-winning network television broadcaster and SJW board member, will co-host the event. 

This year, SJW will honor local partner Wilson Electric, who have given its time, talents and resources to further the SJW mission. SJW also will honor Snell & Wilmer Firm Chair Matt Feeney as its “Distinguished Leader of the Year.” Mr. Feeney is one of the founding members of St. Joseph the Worker and continues to be very active in the organization, including organizing an annual benefit concert.

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