AZ HUGS for the Houseless' mission is to spread dignity, respect, understanding, friendship, solidarity, empathy, and love to those living on the streets. Every week for the last year, in collaboration with ASU Project Humanities and many other amazing people around Arizona, AJJ's Community Outreach Organizer Austin Davis and his team delivered care packs, food, water and special request items to our unsheltered community in the Greater Phoenix area and all over the state.
In addition to providing unsheltered community members with essential items, a major part of what we do involves having conversations, listening to people, and becoming friends with them. Austin asks people what they want the most right in that moment, and then he brings them those items on his next delivery, in collaboration with our community and their donations and generosity.
Whether it’s a hand mirror, a green suitcase, a warm dinner, work boots, being able to listen to their favorite song, a Chicken Soup For the Soul book, medicine, a fuel pump for a car, or even a pack of Q-tips or band-aids, we’ve seen firsthand how happy and loved this small act makes people feel.
If you’d like to buy a specific item for a specific person, you can at the bottom of this page!
Scroll down to see pictures from our outreach, hear stories from the unsheltered, take a look at what items would make real individuals in our state smile, and learn about the many ways you can get involved!
Follow the project on our Instagram page and YouTube channel! @azhugs YouTube
Donate If you'd like to donate directly to the project to help us buy essential items and special request items for folks, please click this link!
If you have a small donation that you'd like to donate to Austin to use in the moment to provide people with a warm meal or blanket when needed, you can send it on Venmo to @Austin-Davis-399 or on PayPal to Awdavis0214@gmail.com