Brief History

In September 1988, the Respite Shelter for Homeless Men took this city’s first steps in addressing the need for post-hospital recuperation for the homeless. The Shelter has been in continuous operation since September, 1988 and was incorporated as an Arizona non-profit charitable corporation on July 20, 1992. A nine-member Board of Directors operates the facility which is exempt from federal tax under Section 501 (c) (3). A variety of public and private funds and donations have sustained the activities since the Shelter’s inception.


The Respite Shelter is still the only shelter of its kind in Arizona and one of only a handful in the entire country. At the Respite Shelter, lives continue to be turned around; some have been able to avoid slipping into first-time homelessness. The Respite Shelter receives referrals from social workers at every hospital in the greater Phoenix area, and from a few other medical sources. Paid staff and volunteers work together, cooperating with Food Stamp Services, Department of Economic Security, AHCCCS, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), and a variety of other public service agencies to provide much needed support and services to the men in our shelter.

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