Unfortunately, this is the sad reality for far too many men and women that should be enjoying the later years of their lives. The number of older homeless adults is projected to increase by 33 percent in the next 10 years and double by 2050.
In Phoenix, Arizona one organization has made it its mission to provide support and services that will help older homeless adults, because seniors deserve a place to call home. Justa Center is a nonprofit and the only day resource center in the country serving homeless seniors aged 55 and older. Open seven days a week, Justa Center aids in helping its members attain housing, VA benefits, DES benefits, social security, employment search, a housing coordinator, counselling, legal assistance, nursing care and spiritual support. The center also provides showers, food, laundry service, and lockers to store personal items for daily use. Of the roughly 130 members Justa Center sees every day, almost 50 percent of them are veterans and 42 percent are women.
The goal is to give seniors the help they need and to help them secure permanent housing. Justa Center is currently placing at least one person a day in permanent housing, but that is not enough.
The organization does not receive any government funding and operates solely on private donations and gifts. Without the generous support of others, they could not accomplish such important work. The mission of Justa Center is to transform the lives of the people they meet.
What better way to celebrate the season and show your gratitude by taking the opportunity to donate to those that need it most.
If you are an Arizona resident, Justa Center qualifies for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit for 2016*.
The Charitable Tax Credit allows residents to make donations to qualifying charitable organizations. It’s a dollar for dollar credit. The maximum credit for donations allowed is $800 for married taxpayers filing jointly, and $400 for single taxpayers or heads of households. Any amount you donate above the maximum credit can be claimed as an itemized deduction on your return.
We all deserve a hand-up and non-monetary donations help Justa Center too. Things like toiletries, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, furniture and many other items help ease the expenses for the day-to-day operations and the services that Justa Center provides.
To learn more and help transform the lives of our vulnerable seniors please visit www.justacenter.org.
*Always remember to consult your own tax professional for specific advice concerning your own individual tax situation