Tempe Community Action Agency
You have a job interview, 
but you've had no place to shower in the past week.  

Think you'll get the job?
August 2015


Thanks to a generous donation from the Henkel Corporation, TCAA owns two mobile shower units. One is used exclusively for our I-HELP shelter program. 

It's difficult to overestimate the power of being able to bathe! In the year before the showers were available, 50 adults moved from homelessness to full-time employment. In the four years since we've had the mobile showers, more than 200 adults per year have made that transition. 

We rent the second shower to advocacy partners to provide the same opportunity for their clients, and it helps generate revenue to support our shelter program. Unfortunately, the combination of the age of our vehicles and the summer heat is taking a toll on our towing vehicles. Just below this letter and to the right, there's an easy way to help by donating to TCAA. More than 50,000 Tempeans are eligible for our services - your generosity improves our neighbors' lives.


Thank you!

Bill Epps

Executive Director


First Crush @ Four Peaks Tasting Room

Friday, October 23


Mark your calendars now for TCAA's annual "First Crush." This year's event will take place at the Four Peaks Tasting Room on Wilson, and will feature Four Peaks beers, local wines, and tasty food from local Tempe restaurants, including Four Peaks Brewing Company and Snooze. 


Watch your email for your official invitation in early September.


TCAA Action Hero: 
Tina Demas


Tina Demas has volunteered with the Senior Lunch Program at the Granite Reef Senior Center for more than five years, serving as a greeter and taking the reservations for the week. In addition, Tina secured her Food Handlers Card so that she can work in the kitchen when needed. Mandy mornings she is the first to arrive and sets up both the kitchen and dining area for the Monday, Wednesday and Friday breakfasts, and for lunch each day. Tina enjoys interacting with everyone and takes the time to listen to their stories.


"It is an honor to work in the center," says Tina. "The people are like family."

The TCAA staff is grateful to have a volunteer who is so reliable. It helps with a smooth operation. To learn more about volunteering at one of our Senior Centers, visit http://tempeaction.org/volunteer.


Clark Park Garden NEWS!

There are a lot of positive developments happening at the Clark Park Community Garden.


Clark Park Garden recently became the owner of two new bike racks and a shade structure created by local artist, Tom Strich. Strich designed these elements to match the garden while also in

corporating his artistic eye for re-purposing old street signs. These pieces will serve both aesthetically and functionally for the garden, providing bike parking spots and a space to escape the heat.


The work was completed with funds from the City of Tempe's Maryanne Corder Neighborhood Grant Program, and the support of local community members and businesses. Stop by the garden to see the completed pieces!

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TCAA's Shower Power mobile units give clients the opportunity to experience something most of us take for granted. But, they don't pull themselves to where they are needed!  

Wear and tear is taking its toll on the trucks we use for Shower Power, so we need to start saving up to buy replacements. Your donation of any amount will help!

Please consider donating today!