This means if you’re a resident of Arizona, you can direct your tax dollars to benefit the homeless. Donate to Tucson Poverello House and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona state tax return, up to $400 individually or $800 if you file jointly. (QCO Code: 20503) Learn more about AZ Tax Credits..
This year, the Celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is taking place virtually. Donations and ticket sales are now closed but you can participate by watching the dinner video. Thank you to all those who participated by sponsoring and donating to the dinner and purchasing raffle tickets. We couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful volunteers and supporters.
Listen to Board Member Jeanette Arnquist discuss the services Poverello House provides and the importance it plays in the lives of their guests.
Poverello House does not provide overnight shelter. We are a daytime respite house.
We want our guests to feel at home. Guests are encouraged to kick up their feet, read a book, watch TV, or catch up on some sleep.
As soon as guests enter the door, they are greeted with a delicious, home-cooked breakfast, and later enjoy a hot lunch made with care.
Laundry and Showers
Washing machines and shower facilities are available throughout the day so guests can shower while they do a load of laundry.
Day time hospitality from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Wednesday – Sunday
Call us at 520.624.0589 to reserve a space.
If you are homeless and you are looking for a safe place to spend the day, call us at 520.624.0589 to reserve a space. Guests have access to showers, laundry, a full breakfast and are given a take-away sack lunch. Due to limited space, we can only serve 12 guests per day and guests are assigned their day in advance.
PLEASE NOTE: Poverello House DOES NOT offer overnight shelter. The following link gives information about Other Homeless Shelters and Services in Tucson.
Poverello Yard Has Reopened
Good News! After being closed due to Covid-19, our guests are now being welcomed back on a limited basis. On August 26th, the yard at Poverello House reopened to meet the needs of the homeless guests who previously came to the house. All activity takes place outdoors and is in keeping with CDC guidelines regarding the wearing of masks, social distancing, etc. The men are provided with a hot breakfast, have an opportunity to take a shower (an outdoor shower tent has been set up with careful attention to drainage issues provided by a professional plumber). Two clothes washing machines have also been set up in the yard for the use of the men. Triage takes place in the alley outside the yard before the men enter. Snack Sacks of non-perishable foods and bottled water are available for the men to take with them when they leave. The yard is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00am to 2:00pm and serves up to twelve men each day.
While the men who come express the wish that things could get back to normal and be done the “old way”—they miss being able to relax in comfort and watch TV or catch some extra sleep in a cool house—they are glad to be back even if it is just in the yard!
Our Impact Each Month
Loads of laundry
Board of Directors
Charles R. Dunn, K.M
Lawrence (Pat) Long
On October 29, 2008, Poverello House opened its doors and invited homeless men to come in off the street for a day to sit down, decompress, get cleaned up and have healthy meals in a homelike environment. Poverello House was founded by Br. David Buer, ofm, a Franciscan Brother who for many years ministered to the homeless and those living in poverty. Br. David was first introduced to the concept of a Poverello House in The Tenderloin of San Francisco, California in the early 90’s. Having establishing two Poverello Houses in Nevada, it was not surprising that that when in 2005, he was assigned to Tucson, Br. David envisioned a Poverello House here.
Poverello House of Tucson
Street: 221 E. Lee St. Tucson, AZ 85705
Mail: PO Box 50782, Tucson, AZ 85703
Hours: Wed - Sun, 8:00am to 1:00pm
Guests: Please call 520.624.0589 to reserve a space.
Clothing donations: Call 520.624.0589 to schedule a donation drop-off. Thank you for your generosity!