Helping Tucson’s Homeless Men
We provide daytime shelter, home-cooked food, showers, laundry and companionship in a safe and welcoming environment.
Poverello House of Tucson is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.

We are a Qualifying Charitable Organization

This means if you’re a resident of Arizona, you can direct your tax dollars to benefit the homeless. Donate to Poverello House of Tucson and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona state tax return, up to $400 individually or $800 if you file jointly. Learn more about AZ Tax Credits.  (QCO Code: 20503)

Read an End-of-the Year Message From Br. David

Our Services

Poverello House of Tucson does not provide overnight shelter.  We are a daytime respite house.

Daytime Rest

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.

Home-Cooked Meals

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 of Tucson 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


Guest Visits


Meals Served




Loads of laundry

Board of Directors

Br. David Buer, ofm
Jeanette Arnquist

Lawrence (Pat) Long
Suzanne Machain
Vicki Myers

Anne Reissner
Conrad Wall

Our History

Eight hundred years ago in the Umbrian Valley north of Rome, wandered Francis Bernadone and a small group of rag tag brothers of penance. At first, the local population looked with scorn at these young men from Assisi, who gave up wealth and prestigious future careers to follow Francis. Over time, the brothers won over the hearts of many as they tended to the needs of the lepers and led lives of solidarity with the poor with humility and joy. When villagers saw Francis and his brothers walking toward them, they would say: “Here comes ‘Il Pov-erello’ (the little poor man.)” Over the centuries “Poverello” has been a name used in ministries with the poor in the Franciscan tradition.

On October 29, 2008, Poverello House of Tucson 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 of Tuson 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.

Br. David Buer, ofm

Contact Us

Poverello House of Tucson

Phone: 520.624.0589
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 c​all 520.624.0589 to reserve a space​.​

Clothing donations: Call 520.624.0589 to schedule a donation drop-off. Thank you for your generosity!

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