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.

Our Services

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 4:00 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 2 hearty meals. Due to limited space, we can only serve 12 guests per day and guests are assigned their day in advance.  Please note that Poverello House DOES NOT offer overnight shelter. View other resources.

Our Impact Each Month

236

Guest Visits

472

Meals Served

236

Showers

250

Loads of laundry

Board of Directors

Br. David Buer, ofm
Jeanette Arnquist
Charles R. Dunn, K.M
Br. Charles Hannan, osf
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 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.

Br. David Buer, ofm

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 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.

Br. David Buer, ofm

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 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.

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, 8am to 4pm

Guests: Please c​all to reserve a space​.​

Clothing donations: Stop by Wed to Sun, 8:30am to 3:00pm or call 520.624.0589 to schedule a drop-off. Thank you for your generosity!

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