Op Santa Family 2015

AZCEND changes lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community. Last fiscal year (2018/2019), AZCEND served 16,935 unique individuals from 5,626 households.

Food Bank
  • AZCEND’s Food Bank distributed 12,741 food boxes, enough to feed 47,893 individuals for at least 3 days (11,660 unique individuals).
  • The Food Bank received 962,021 pounds of donated food from various partners.


Family Resource Center
  • 3,317 hours of instruction and developmental screening to 44 kids.
  • Our Family Resource Center provided 229 classes to children and adults.
  • 780 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and/or AHCCCS dollars. Approximately $98,000 in SNAP assistance.
  • 157 individuals received health and wellness checks.
  • 1,244 children were seved by Child Watch, an innovative program that provides a safe envrionment for children to play and learn while their parents receive AZCEND services.


I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program)
  • I-HELP provided 7,507 bed nights to 304 unduplicated individuals.
  • 147  individuals received intensive case management services.
  • 54  homeless individuals received employment.
  • 41 homeless individuals were housed.

Rapid Rehousing and Tenant BaseD Rental Assistance (TBRA)

  • 486 partipants experincing homelessness recieved case management, referral and supportive services.
  • 148 were housed.
Community Action Program
  • Community Action Program provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance, preventing 2,523 utility disconnects and 418 evictions totaling $1,296,948.
  • VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 270 returns, recovering $495,367 in federal and state refunds.


Senior Centers
  • Last year, the Chandler and Gilbert senior centers provided 73,136 meals (to 1,272 individuals). 38,406 were home delivered meals to home bound seniors.
  • The Senior Centers disbursed 67,050 tickets for transportation to and from the Centers where 1,142 senior activities and classes were provided for a total 21,149 participants.



Operation Back to School

Through collaboration with the City of Chandler and other area organizations, we assisted over 3,000 children with backpacks, school supplies and clothing for Back to School in 2015.

Operation Santa

Nearly 1,000 children participated in Operation Santa in 2015 and received toys, books, candy, and more. Additionally 17 of our case managed parents (41 children) participated in a savings incentive program that allowed them to receive gift cards in “match” of their accumulated assets (savings, retirement contributions, life insurance, etc.) and participation in financial coaching.


AZCEND would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers.

  • Last fiscal year, 1,746 unique individuals volunteered at AZCEND (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 37,448 volunteer hours.
  • Additionally, over 12,000 hours of volunteer time were provided by partners in our I­HELP program. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission.