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Family Services Director: Sister Rhoshawndra Carnes

JANUARY 14th - REPAIRING THE HARM OF INCARCERATION - A Restorative Reentry Process for Families and Community. A 5-Week building sustainable communities pilot project—includes restorative justice talking circles, and more! The purpose of this study is to build family and community relationships after reentry.

Meets 1 Day a Week – 6-9 pm - Light Meal Will Be Served

Save the start date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Arizona State University Tempe Campus

To register or for more information contact Muriel Adams: or text 708-466-3488

Must be 18 years or older to participate - limited space available.

Formerly incarcerated - family Member of formerly incarcerated - community Members - welcome!

JANUARY 18th - A SEAT AT THE TABLE: FIGHTING BLACK FEMALE UNDERREPRESENTATION IN CENSUS 2020. Every decade, our Black community is left out of the Census. This is especially harmful for Black women who are invisible due to gender and racial inequality. We need resources for our community, and our voices represented in 2020. As we are left out in various areas, we need to ensure we are counted in Census 2020.

As Black women have some of the highest voter turnout, let’s stand empowered in how Census impacts our communities to not only turn out and get counted, but to take our seat at the table.

Please join us for “Demanding a Seat at the Table: Fighting Black Female Underrepresentation in Census 2020,” Saturday, January 18th 2020, 2 to 4pm at Gateway Community College – Washington Campus auditorium. See full event details here.

JANUARY 20th - CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. We would like to invite your congregation to attend a celebration of life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020. Prelude gospel music starting at 4pm. Music during Mass will be provided by the St. James Catholic Church African Choir. The guest speaker for Mass, a Black Catholic Bishop, Most Reverend Fernand Cheri, of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Free reception immediately following. It would be our pleasure to have you as our guests and enjoy this beautiful evening with us. See the flyer here.

CHANGES FOR THE DR. KING Jr. EVENT As a reminder, the date of the Dr. King Jr. venue changed and the new date is Tuesday, January 21, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The location is still the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law 111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. You may have already reregistered for the free Dr. King Jr. event. The Arizona Commission on African American Affairs Justice Pillar, Arizona State University’s Academy For Justice and Police Partnerships will introduce a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr panel-led conversation surrounding the theme “Justice for All.” Rather than a traditional Dr. King Jr. event where King’s legacy and vision are heard, this venue will allow for a panel of experts to discuss some of the most prevailing justice reform issues. The panel will consist of associate professors from Arizona State University, a Department of Justice community policing expert (prior Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services), a CNN law enforcement expert Analyst, Arizona community leader, a local faith-based leader, and an expert on juvenile justice/adult reentry.

The flyer for the event can be found here.

If you registered previously, you do not need to re-register for this event. Those of you that would like to attend, register using the website

FEBRUARY 8th - COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCE FAIR IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH We would like to invite your congregation to attend the Community Health Resource Fair taking place during Black History Month on February 8th, 2020 at the Avondale Community Center - 1007 S. 3rd St., Avondale, AZ 85323. See the flyer here.

MOBILE PANTRY FOOD BANK - In partnership with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Pilgrim Rest will be sponsoring a monthly Mobile Food Pantry on Every 4th Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (or until all food is distributed). All are welcome to receive FREE FOOD, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other goodies regardless of income. ALSO, we need volunteers for this event, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the church office or email

FOSTER CARE/ ADOPTION PARENT CHECKLIST Thank you for your interest in becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The willingness of people like you to help Arizona’s children is part of what makes our State great! The first step is to view the five-part orientation video series. If you have not yet viewed all five videos, or if you want to watch the videos again, you can find them here.

Your next step in the process is to select the licensing agency with whom you wish to work. Remember, you need to select an agency based on the county where you live. You can use this Matrix to find agencies in your county. DCS encourages prospective foster and adoptive parents to interview several licensing agencies before making a final decision. It’s important to find an agency with whom you are comfortable because they will be asking you deeply personal questions and will frequently be in your home. As a reminder, here’s the link to our tips for selecting an agency. We know this is a big decision. At any time throughout the process, you can email us with questions at or call us at 1-877 KIDS-NEEDU (1-877-543-7633). We’re happy to talk with you during business hours, or you can leave us a message and we’ll call you back.


ACYR in collaboration with Comerica Bank will be holding monthly Financial Literacy workshops! For more information go to RSVP Eventbrite

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Family Resources

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Community Events

Check out these upcoming events for living, thriving, and surviving in our community. This is where to find special events info for free/ low=cost entertainment, mobile food banks, health fairs, business and finance workshops, and more,

Volunteer Opportunities

Give back to the community by volunteering your time. You are needed. Find purpose in sharing your gifts and talents with PRBC and/or a community organization in need.

Benevolence Requests

PRBC provides benevolence assistance for individuals and families who are in crisis situations. To apply, please download application using the link below. Bring completed application to the PRBC office Mon-Friday between 10:00AM and 4:00PM or fax completed application to (602) 258-0840. All application information is confidential.

Mobile Pantry Food Bank

In partnership with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, PRBC hosts a monthly mobile pantry food bank. Open to all, this food bank takes place every 4th Saturday of the month from 11AM-1PM (or until food is gone). No I.D. or income qualifications needed to receive free, nutritious fresh produce and other goodies. Dates subject to change due to holidays.

Dress For Success

Job hunting? Re-entering the workforce? Need a self-esteem boost? PRBC is proud to be an official referral agency for Dress for Success Phoenix. Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Contact PRBC Family Services for your referral.

Family Services Event Registration

Register for Family Service events using the registration form button below. For questions contact Family Services at (602) 258-0831.