Our Programs

Founded in 1966, AZCEND changes lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community. Last fiscal year (2015/2016), AZCEND served 17,375 unique individuals from 5,783 households.

Of those served:

47% are Hispanic
54% are female
96% have incomes below 150% of the poverty level
82% live in Chandler and 13% live in Gilbert
40% are children under 18


AZCEND would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers. Last fiscal year 1,045 unique individuals volunteered at AZCEND (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 34,245 volunteer hours. In addition, over 10,000 volunteer hours were provided through our partners to the I-HELP program. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission!

CAP (Community Action Program)

CAP is funded in part by the City of Chandler, Maricopa County Human Services Department, Department of Economic Security, Town of Gilbert, and Valley of the Sun United Way. AZCEND CAP programs offer a balanced approach to meet the needs of our community:

  • Case Management
  • Goal Planning Through Life Action Maps
  • Job Training
  • Employment and Education Referrals
  • Financial Education
  • Referrals to Other Services and Programs
  • Follow-up and ongoing support
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Shelter/Housing Referrals
  • Food and Clothing Referrals

Last year, CAP provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance and prevented 2,191 utility disconnects and 294 evictions totaling $992,136. Our VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 243 returns, recovering $273,281 in federal refunds and $48,420 in state refunds.

Family Resource Center

Last year the FRC provided 8,603 hours of instruction and services were provided to children and adults through our Family Resource Center Programming. 1,840 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and/or AHCCCS benefits, providing approximately $233,680 dollars in SNAP benefits. 127 individuals received health and wellness checks and 85 referrals were provided for medical or dental care

Giggles, Squiggles, and Squirms

This fun, interactive early literacy program is designed to prepare families for their children’s entrance into kindergarten. Each family is assigned a mentor that works directly with the parents and children. Children ages 3-5 learn how to count, recognize letters and sounds, sing and dance and expand their vocabulary, while developing social skills, playing and creating memories.

Monday/Wednesday AM- 9:30-11:30 AM
Tuesday/Thursday AM- 9:30-11:30 AM
Monday/Wednesday  PM- 1:00-3:00 PM

345 S. California St
Chandler, AZ 85225

Child Watch

Child Watch provides a safe environment for children while their parents participate in AZCEND programs. Child Watch is open during most class times, food bank hours, and during appointments. Parents must remain on the premises while their child is in the program and sign them in and out.

Operation Santa

Each year AZCEND’s Operation Santa program provides holiday assistance to children throughout the community. Last year, 738 children participated in Operation Santa in 2016 and received toys, books, candy, and more. In addition, 121 families with 332 children were adopted by 65 private families or business groups.

Operation Back to School

Through collaboration with the City of Chandler and other area organizations, we assisted over 2,000 children with backpacks, school supplies and clothing for Back to School in 2018.

Food Bank

AZCEND’s Food Bank distributed 17,452 food boxes last year. That was enough food to feed 58,571 individuals for at least 3 days (11,771 unique individuals). We received 1,070,515 pounds of donated food from various partners.

Emergency Food Boxes

Emergency food boxes tailored to family size and special dietary needs, including infants, children, and homeless individuals are distributed Monday 12:00 PM through 3:00 PM and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM.

Supplemental Food Boxes

Supplemental food boxes containing fresh perishable food are distributed every Friday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Food tickets are distributed beginning at 7:30 AM.

*In accordance with Federal law and U.S Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.


In the fiscal year 2015-2016, I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) provided 7,137 bed nights to 324 unduplicated individuals. 225 individuals received intensive case management services. I-HELP made 196 employment placements for homeless individuals and 86 housing placements for homeless individuals

Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP). I-HELP provides a safe place to sleep and a hot meal for homeless adults every night of the week. I-HELP also offers case management services to connect homeless individuals to the vital resources needed to regain stability and break the vicious cycle of homelessness. The mobile shower unit, the “Chandler Clean Machine,” provides guests with ready access to a warm shower.

Emergency Shelter

For emergency shelter, please report to intake by 5:15 PM at For emergency shelter, please report to intake by 5:15 PM at AZCEND, 345 S. California St. Chandler, AZ 85225. Intake is from 5:00 PM- 5:15 PM every day. Report to AZCEND no earlier than 5:00 PM for admission into I-HELP.

Case Management

I-HELP Case Management services:

  • Job Placement
  • Medical Referrals
  • Bus Passes
  • Benefits Connection (SNAP & AHCCCS)
  • Housing Assistance

Senior Centers

The Chandler and Gilbert senior centers provided 34,451 meals at their respective locations and 35,967 home delivered meals to home bound seniors. A total of 70,418 meals were provided to 1,175 individuals!

The center disbursed 69,094 tickets for transportation to and from the centers where 1,128 senior activities and classes were provided with a total 20,894 participants.

On-site Meals

  • On-site nutritious meals
  • Opportunities for social interactions to combat loneliness and isolation

Home Delivered Meals

  • Meal delivery to the homes of frail, elderly, disabled and otherwise home-bound persons.
  • Wellness checks to ensure safety and well-being. Our monitors report tasks, such as changing a light bulb that the client cannot reach, to advising family members or case managers of the need for medical attention.


There are over 840 activities provided each year, including:

  • Zumba
  • Restaurant Outings
  • Tai Chi


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.