Project News

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What does it take to expand someone’s worldview?

Source: Date: Friday, January 10, 2020

The sun is barely over the Phoenix horizon one morning in June, but the temperature already is inching its way to 105 degrees. Despite the heat and the early hour, about 150 men and women experiencing homelessness line up along the sidewalk spanning 12th Avenue between Jefferson and Madison streets.

New life in store for group helping women-owned businesses in Ahwatukee

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

As a chiropractor in Ahwatukee since 2005, Angela J. Christopher has demonstrated a talent and passion for business and community as much as she has for tissue and bones. Three years ago, her business, AZ Spine Disc, and Sport bloomed from a 2,000-square-foot, nine-employee office into a multi-specialty health center with 40 employees in a 14,000-square-foot building at 4530 E. Ray Road.

Ahwatukee professor’s homeless outreach offers hope, help

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The clothing on our backs, the shoes on our feet, the toothpaste in our bathrooms – all these things that people have and tend to take for granted. These are precisely the items that organizations look for when asking for donations to support those experiencing homelessness.

Humanity in action: ASU initiative reaches out to Phoenix homeless community

Source: The State Press Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Street lights of the night before remain visible as the sun begins to rise. It may still be dark outside, but students and volunteers clad in gray sweatshirts and t-shirts with a yellow hand logo gather. The reason? Volunteers from different cities, ages, cultures, and backgrounds come together to help a community that is often overlooked.

Ahwatukee Professor's Homeless Outreach Offers Hope

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The clothing on our backs, The shoes on our feet, the toothpaste in our bathrooms, all these things that people have and tend to take for granted. This is something that we individuals might recognize in order to support those who do not have the items we deem as ready essentials.

Humanity is not just an academic Exercise for Ahwatukee Professor

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From time to time, you have probably come across depiction of college and university professors as living in ivory towers, separated from the world of working stiffs and somehow divorced by their studies from the realities of everyday life and hardship confronting so much of society. Even if you agree with that debatable slam, you can't count Neal Lester of Ahwatukee among them.

Ahwatukee prof at ASU leads effort to help homeless people in downtown Phoenix

Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

An Ahwatukee professor at Arizona State University is so passionate about his project to help homeless people in downtown Phoenix that he even got his chiropractor to join his effort. As the founder and director of ASU’s Project Humanities, Neal Lester, Foundation Professor of English, has recruited dozens of volunteers to collect used clothing, shoes, toiletries and other essentials and then help homeless people “go shopping” for the items every other Saturday downtown.

Maricopa County Volunteers Give Clothes, Respect, Smiles To Homeless

Source: ADI Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017

Project Humanities provides items for to the homeless in downtown Phoenix. Last year there were 5,000 homeless individuals accounted for in Maricopa County.

Volunteers hand out clothes, respect and smiles to homeless

Source: Cronkite News Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

As the sun rises on a Saturday morning, people line up at a corner lot in the shadow of the Arizona Capitol, waiting for socks, shoes and a dose of humanity. They are among the Valley’s homeless. More than 5,700 people were considered homeless in 2016, according to a Maricopa Association of Governments report.

Helping the homeless, with humanity

Source: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016

ASU professor Neal A. Lester says one of the worst things about becoming homeless can be the loss of one’s humanity. His long-running outreach program “Spontaneous Service Saturdays” — which, at this point, is perhaps a bit misnamed — aims to address that need, both for volunteers and the people they assist.