We are dedicated to the care and nurture of women experiencing homelessness in a welcoming and safe environment.

Helping Tucson Women Experiencing Homelessness

Sister José Women’s Center is dedicated to the care and nurture of homeless women in a welcoming environment. We provide the homeless women of Tucson access to showers and laundry, meals, clothing and a supportive community so they can create a self-sufficient life and move out of homelessness.

Thank You for Supporting Our Virtual Spring Event!

Watch our event presentation video which shows our day-to-day operations and includes guest, volunteer, and staff interviews.
(You can also watch it on YouTube.)

We are a
Qualifying Charitable Organization

This means if you’re a resident of Arizona, you can direct your tax dollars to benefit Sister José Women’s Center. Donate and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona state tax return, up to $400 individually or $800 if you file jointly.
QCO Code: 20826

Learn more about Arizona’s Arizona’s Charitable Tax Credit
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We are so grateful for our Donors, Volunteers, and Staff! Watch our thank you message.

What It Means To Be A Low-Barrier Shelter

Responding effectively to homelessness requires a combination of strategies at the local level. Providing immediate low-barrier shelter options is one of these solutions.

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Dear Friends: Our community faces an unprecedented challenge with COVID-19, which has created a situation that continues to evolve rapidly. Sister José Women’s Center remains steadfast to our mission, which is dedicated to the care and nurture of homeless women in a welcoming and safe environment. We will continue to operate following all hygiene and “social distance” protocols as recommended by the CDC. Many of our core volunteers are older adults who represent a vulnerable population and we are asking them to follow the health and safety recommendations specific to their demographic. As a result, our volunteers who exceed more than 250 people strong has experienced a precipitous drop and we are struggling to fill those vacancies.

For those who would like to help, we will gratefully accept donations toward the added costs of extra staffing, food, health and hygiene supplies. We are grateful to walk side-by-side with our strong community partners and generous donors. Working together, we can weather this storm. We wish you good health!

Jean Fedigan Founder/CEO

About Us
For many Tucson women experiencing homelessness Sister José Women’s Center (SJWC) is their only safe haven and the first step to recovery from homelessness. We are a Tucson-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009 dedicated to the care and nurture of homeless women in a welcoming and safe environment. Our low-barrier day center provides unaccompanied homeless women with a stable and safe environment to recuperate from the daily struggle of homelessness and extreme poverty. The Winter Night Program provides overnight stays for women who would otherwise be sleeping outside; we provided 1562 overnights last winter. All of this was accomplished through the dedication and hard work of volunteers and university interns – they are the heartbeat of SJWC. We are more than a center; we are a community built upon the values of compassion, dignity and respect in a non-institutionalized setting. For many of our guests we are home.
Created by David Charles.

What Our Amazing Community Did in 2021

SJWC receives 70% of our support from individuals like you. Together we help women.

Nutrition

Nutrition

26,218 Meals
26,218 breakfasts, hot lunches, and dinners. Nutritious meals are vital to help keep our guests healthy and comfortable.

Overnight Program

Overnights

7,171 Stays
7,171 overnight stays by otherwise unsheltered women. Our Expansion Project will help increase this number!

Days

14,357 Visits
14,357 visits to our Day Program where guests can shower, do laundry, and meet with community resource representatives.

Housing

38 Women
​Together, our community helped 38 women improve their housing situation in 2021!

Contact Us
 

Sister José Women’s Center

Phone: 520-909-3905
Email: admin@sisterjose.org
Street Address: 1050 S Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

To Donate by Mail
Donations and other professional correspondence should be sent to:
P.O. Box 1028, Tucson, AZ 85702

Guest Mail
To send mail to a guest, please use our street address:
1050 S Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

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Email Our Staff:

Jean Fedigan, CEO
Emily Bridson, Donor Engagement Manager
Penny Buckley, Grants Director
Brenda Druke, Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator
Nicola Hartmann, Chief Operations Officer
Laura Lynn, Program Director
Peggy Stefanski Brown, Administrative Assistant

Tax Information

Tax ID: 46-1290517
AZ Qualifying Charitable Organization: 20826
SECC Agency Code: ST1579

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Sister José Women’s Center will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or military status.

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