Adventist Community Services

 

SOME INTERESTING FACTS:

  • 83% of persons living in Arizona live in cities.
  • 20% of the state’s population is considered to be living at or below the federal poverty level of $18,850 per year.
  • To earn $18,850 a person needs to have an hourly salary of $9.04, but an hourly wage of $16.06 is needed to rent the average two-bedroom apartment.
  • The unemployment rate in Arizona is between 4−5.5%.
  • There are 255,000 jobs in Arizona that are classified as rural, while there are 2,981,948 that are urban.
  • It is estimated that there are 489,000 illegal aliens living in Arizona.
  • Based on street counts and admissions to shelters, there are about 22,000 homeless persons in Arizona on just about any given day.

WHAT IS THE ARIZONA CONFERENCE DOING TO HELP THESE PEOPLE?

Adventist Community Services (ACS) is our humanitarian agency to help meet people’s immediate needs through a variety of social services. Our mission is to serve the poor and hurting in Christ’s name. Adventist Community Services is divided into four regions
(or federations) in the state of Arizona. Let’s look at what some of these are reporting.

Southern Federation

Churches in the southern area of the Conference report that in the past four years they helped 93,500 persons, provided food for families valued at $442,000, provided cash grants for emergency provisions of $32,918, distributed about 94,000 pieces of clothing and 30,000 pieces of literature, donated 71,700 hours of labor to help their communities, held 143 cooking classes, conducted 476 Bible classes, and sponsored 34 blood drives. 

Northern Federation

Sedona and Camp Verde churches report helping 15,536 persons, distributing 18,200 articles of clothing, giving out 1,184 pieces of literature, and distributing 36,400 loves of bread.  Muriel Polk reports having 15 volunteers each week in Camp Verde, with 13 being
non-members. Pat Carrel and her volunteers in Sedona put in more that 1,000 hours of labor each year in community service.

The downtown Phoenix area Community Center usually helps 70,000 families a year with emergency food, clothes, showers and transportation. In 2007 the services of the Center have been expanded to include a worship service twice a month, computer literacy and cooking classes. Our horizons are still broad with the need for tutoring and mentoring programs, substance abuse and prevention classes, medical and health care services, and job skills training classes, to mention just a few.

 

Bob Parrish, Director