Helping the homeless men of Tucson, by providing 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 Br. David’s End-of-the Year Message

Poverello House is Looking for Volunteers!

We currently need volunteers to check guests in and serve them food. Volunteers also monitor the shower area and washing machines. All volunteer duties are outside. Contact Jeanette at 909.446.5469 or if you can help with one of these important jobs.

Our Services

Poverello House of Tucson is a homelike place of welcome and a safe environment providing daytime rest, food, laundry facilities, showers, and companionship for homeless men.

PLEASE NOTE:  Poverello House provides daytime respite, not overnight shelter.
If you are in need of overnight shelter, the following link gives information about Other Homeless Shelters and Services in Tucson.

Daytime Rest

​We want our guests to feel at home. Guests are encouraged to kick up their feet, relax, or visit with friends.

Home-Cooked Meals

As soon as guests enter the door, they are greeted with a delicious, home-cooked breakfast.  Seconds are usually available.

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 2:00 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 and a full breakfast. 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 Wecomes Guests

Currently, our guests at Poverello House are being welcomed to relax in the yard. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. We have an outdoor shower and two washing machines available.  We have created shady spaces for relief from Tucson’s summer sun.  We continue to look forward to the time when we will be able to invite guests inside to watch TV and chill out.

Our Impact Each Month


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Meals Served




Loads of laundry

Board of Directors

Br. David Buer, ofm
Jeanette Arnquist
Jerry Ledesma

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

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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!