Social Services at GSP

Grace St. Paul’s offers unique social services to those who need them. Our Social Service volunteers are available to assist guests during Joseph’s Pantry hours, which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-noon. Social Service volunteers meet with guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests sign up at the Joseph’s Pantry door and wait outside to be seen.

Social Service Volunteer

Our Social Service volunteers are dedicated and trained people with big hearts!

What we offer for guests:

If you are unsure if Social Services can help you, we encourage you to come in during our hours and speak with a volunteer to find out.

Social Services runs on the power of volunteers and donations from parishioners and the community. If you would like to donate to help this cause, please give to our church’s donation page or write a check to “Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” and put “Social Services” in the memo. Please also know that any donation you make to GSP goes to keeping us open, which in turn, helps keep our ministries running. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Social Services Leader at Jessica.Swift@grace-stpauls.org.

COVID-19 precautions are in place: everyone indoors wears a mask (if you do not have one, one will be provided to you), hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are at each station, there is a hand-washing station outside the doors, and we run a swamp cooler to maintain air circulation.

Joseph's Pantry

Joseph’s Pantry is a food ministry that has been offered by Grace St. Paul’s to the public for over 20 years. People in our community who are experiencing homelessness or living on low income are able to come to us to receive monthly food bags from both our pantry and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. In the Joseph’s Pantry food bags, guests are offered cereal, canned meals, canned vegetables and fruits, canned meat or fish, canned beans, canned soups, rice, pasta, peanut butter, bread, juice, milk, eggs, fresh produce, and frozen proteins. In addition to the monthly food bags, we hand out a daily snack bag and any toiletries that we have. Pre-pandemic, we invited our guests into our reception hall to sit at tables and self-serve coffee, cakes, and morning snacks. We look forward to the day when we can offer this type of in-house hospitality again.

Joseph's Pantry

Pets are as important to us as people! This is why Joseph’s Pantry also offers dog and cat food to any of our guests who request it.

Guests are able to sign up and take showers on our property. We have two showers and offer towels and toiletries to be used. Showers availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, but we do our best to make sure everyone who arrives before 11:30 a.m. gets a shower.

In addition to the services we offer, the one-to-one relationships we build and the respect and dignity given to each guest are the qualities that make Joseph’s Pantry a refuge for some of our most vulnerable friends.

Joseph’s Pantry runs on donations from our parishioners and the community, as well as some food assistance from the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. If you would like to donate to help this cause, please give to our church’s donation page or write a check to “Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” and put “Joseph’s Pantry” in the memo. Please also know that any donation you make to GSP goes to keeping us open, which in turn, helps keep our ministries running.

Joseph’s Pantry also runs on volunteers! We have amazing people who dedicate many selfless hours to keeping our doors open. If you would like to volunteer with us, please inquire about opportunities by emailing the Social Services Leader at Jessica.Swift@grace-stpauls.org.

Joseph’s Pantry is currently open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Grace St. Paul’s (2331 E. Adams St).

COVID-19 precautions are in place: everyone indoors wears a mask (if you do not have one, one will be provided to you), hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are at each station, there is a hand-washing station outside the doors, and we run a swamp cooler to maintain air circulation.