Urban Outreach

Urban Outreach, Potter’s House, Shower Ministry are all names we are known by!

We are open Mondays and Fridays, from 6-10 a.m., for clean clothes, showers, and an all-you-can-eat hot meal (and coffee!) We serve an average of 120 people each morning. We are always seeking volunteer assistance! We need help at the sign-in/welcome desk, serving meals from the kitchen, handing out clothing, and supervising showers. We welcome musicians, hair stylists, story-tellers, or any type of entertainment.

Agencies like Urban Outreach as a place to meet with or serve their clients. Both Circle the City Medical Care and Children’s Hospital bring medical units to provide needed health care every week; Nurse Judy is also present weekly. Native Health offers free Hep C and HIV testing once a month, and we have contracts with the ASU Schools of Nursing for student nurses to provide educational programs.

Tempe’s HOPE visits weekly to provide a way for our homeless community to enter the computer system for housing and other important resources. And, we have regular visits from Community Bridges and VA Alliance. We are currently negotiating a new partnership with ID’s for the Homeless which will bring another important, much-needed resource to the homeless community ~ a way to reinstate their ID’s and needed documents, for work and housing and other benefits.

For more information, contact Rev. Rosemary Anderson, Community Minister and Director, Urban Outreach of Tempe First United Methodist Church.


I-HELP is a partnership between Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) and local faith congregations that provides a nightly rotating homeless shelter for 35-40 adult individuals utilizing 11 host shelter sites. The goal is not only to provide for the immediate needs of homeless individuals, but also to offer them resources for finding employment and regaining self-sufficiency. They are provided a safe place to sleep every night in the hosting church and given a hot meal prepared by teams of faith community volunteers.

Tempe First serves as the host site every Sunday evening. Our guests arrive between 3:30 & 4:00pm. They have time to take showers before dinner is served. Several of our guests have jobs and are allowed to arrive later. They are all up early in the morning and assigned cleaning duties before leaving the church. For more information, contact our church office.

In the first quarter of 2018 (January-March), I-HELP:

  • 119 individuals were provided shelter
  • 17 others were referred to other resources/shelters
  • 50 engaged in case management
  • 5 received vital documents
  • 22 were placed into permanent housing
  • 16 secured employment
  • 58 improved their health status
  • 53 secured public benefits
  • 14 received clothing vouchers
  • 134 received assistance with transportation

The Annual I-HELP 5K/1M Fun Run was held on Saturday, May 5. Proceeds will help make a difference to the homeless men and women who annually seek safety, shelter and support in their journey to regain independence and long-term self-sufficiency.