THE GIVING TREE OUTREACH PROGRAM, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, faith-based organization, has been serving Tucson’s homeless and needy since 1988. (The corporate name is The G.T. Outreach Program, Inc.) We provide meals, emergency food boxes, transportation and referrals to community services. In addition, we provide a home for abused, neglected or homeless babies and children. We invite you to join with people from all walks of life to serve the needs of the less fortunate. You can be the difference in someone’s life!
The mission of The Giving Tree is to support and improve the quality of life for children, families, elderly and disabled individuals. We are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and abuse in this community of marginalized people. It all starts with the very basic necessities: food and shelter.
Although we offer numerous programs, they are all interrelated and serve to bring those in need back to a stable and healthy lifestyle. The Giving Tree provides through several different programs and offers shelter at the Grace Home (for mothers and children,) the Promise Home (for fathers and children,) the Compassion Hope Center (for anyone,) and The Lighthouse (for families).
What we do
- Project FEED (Feed Everyone Every Day)
Feeds more than 200 homeless and disadvantaged children, family members, veterans, elderly, and disabled individuals each night of our twice weekly feeding program. We serve a hot meal, distribute clothing, emergency food boxes and toiletries.
- “The Grace Home”
Is our residence that houses children and their mothers, who might otherwise be homeless or in abusive circumstances. They are cared for in a safe environment, have a place for their personal belongings, served healthy meals and snacks, and are nurtured by our staff and volunteers.
- “The Promise Home“
Is our residence that houses children and their fathers, who might otherwise be homeless or in abusive circumstances. This facility is unique to Tucson where shelter choices allow for either single men or for women and their children, but not for fathers and their children.
- “Our Home”
provides intergenerational housing for those soon to embark on independent living. Our residents range in age from infants to seniors, offering a home for fathers and their children. This housing arrangement mimics that of a traditional family with all age groups represented; each relying on and working for one another.
- The Lighthouse
Is our residence that houses disabled individuals who might otherwise be homeless or in abusive circumstances. They are cared for in a safe environment, have a place for their personal belongings, served healthy meals and snacks, and are nurtured by our staff and volunteers.
- The Compassion Hope Center
Is our non-denominational church. Services are held here on Sundays for all that wish to participate. The Center also provides a safe haven, food, winter and summer shelter, clothing, mentoring, case management, counseling, education, tutoring, and a variety of additional life management classes.
The Compassion Hope Center hosts Fellowship and Food on Tuesday evenings with a casual meal of soup and sandwiches. This program allows for homeless or needy families to sit together at a dinner table, be served a meal and eat as a family. Fellowship and faith-based inspirational discussions take place after our meal.
- HELP – Hands-on Education and Learning Program, is a tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk children. HELP assists teens and adults prepare for GED testing and also provides tutoring for English as a second language. Children are helped with homework, given a nutritious snack followed by structured activities at Grace Home from 3:30 to 4:30 daily.
- The Benevolence Program
Was founded to assist those who occasionally cannot pay their utilities, need gasoline for their vehilce to get to work, or need rental assistance. The fund also helps the elderly with emergency repairs to their home, costs of medications, toiletries, and counseling/case management.
- GEAR (Gaining Employment And Respect) helps the unemployed, underemployed, homeless, near-homeless, formerly incarcerated, and survivors of domestic violence to secure living-wage employment. The success of this program can be directly attributed to the “wrap-around” services provided to our candidates in the form of food and clothing, and, most especially, emotional support during and after this process.
- The Giving Tree Thrift Shop provides practical experience for those returning to the workforce. Those individuals have the opportunity to hone their job skills in a supportive environment. This location also serves to help financially support the many programs in operation by The Giving Tree.
- The Summer Feeding Program provides two meals daily during school recess, Monday through Friday, to children that receive free or reduced fee meals during the school year. Without the availability of these meals, many Tucson children would go unfed during the summer months. During Summer 2007, 145,924 meals were served to area children.