BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2018)— In response to community need and thanks to generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation, an Arizona charitable organization in Mohave and Maricopa Counties, Catholic Charities Community Services is constructing a homeless shelter in Bullhead City targeted to open in 2019. The shelter will be the first of its kind in the area.

The shelter will be designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness and provide them with emergency shelter and food, and it will connect them to other available social services to create a path of self-sufficiency and hope for a bright future.

“The impact that this facility will have in this community is huge,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director – Northern Arizona Region Catherine B. Peterson. “We are humbled to receive this grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation. We look forward to providing these needed services to Tri-State residents that will make hope come alive in those we serve.”

The BHHS Legacy Foundation’s donation of $1 million completes half the cost needed to construct the facility and falls in line with the foundation’s mission of enhancing the quality of life of those they serve and promoting good health. “This is a project that has been needed in our area for years and in recognizing that fact, the Foundation’s local Board of Directors, Dr. Tom Dallman, Allen Johnson and Dr. Blake Stamper have enthusiastically given it their full support, not only from a Board of Directors standpoint, but also from a ‘hands-on’ approach offering their personal time, skill sets and multi-areas of expertise to bring this project to expedited fruition,” states Dan Oehler, Chairman of the BHHS Legacy Foundation Board. Catholic Charities is looking for partners and donors to match the grant over the next few years.

The facility is expected to provide emergency shelter for three families at a time. In addition, it will have capacity to house 20 single men or women, provide meals, and offer job and volunteer opportunities to Tri-State area residents.

The staff at Catholic Charities will work to provide wrap-around support services and provide case management that will guide individuals toward permanent housing, employment and medical/behavioral health treatment, if needed.

To donate, visit CatholicCharitiesAZ.org/donate, where you can designate your gift to go to the Bullhead City shelter. To volunteer, please contact volunteerinfo@cc-az.org or 602-650-4840.

To learn more about BHHS Legacy Foundation, visit BHHSLegacy.org.

Founded in 1933, Catholic Charities provides care for the vulnerable of all faiths in central and northern Arizona through programs in foster care, early education, affordable housing, veteran services, refugee resettlement, and homeless outreach. The agency celebrates its 85th year of service in 2018. Learn more by visiting www.CatholicCharitiesAZ.org. Social connections include www.facebook.com/CatholicCharitiesAZ and twitter.com/CCArizona.