C-U at Home engages and mobilizes our community to house and support the most vulnerable homeless on their journey of healing and restoration.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

- Matthew 25:35

From the Development and Community Outreach Director

C-U at Home’s goal and purpose in the community goes far beyond the mission statement. Every day, we work to develop close, lasting relationships with our “friends without an address.” We make a conscious and intentional effort not to refer to those we serve as “homeless” due to the severely negative stereotype associated with that term.

We strive to break down the barriers put up by society relating to our friends. At the Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center, each person who enters the building signs in on the same sheet of paper. This is true whether they have an address or not. Our volunteers, or our “friends with an address”/”friends from the community” are asked to simply spend time with those without an address. Through getting to know someone’s story, their struggles and future goals, a deep relationship is developed with that person.

At this point, the mold of your standard “volunteer” opportunity has been broken. The relationship has transformed from a “one-way” relationship to a “two-way” relationship. Each person willing to step out of their comfort zone and develop a relationship with our friends without an address has the opportunity to receive a blessing from that friend. When you walked through the door as a “volunteer,” you thought you were going to be blessing someone, but all too often those blessings are reciprocated.  Once that “two-way” relationship is established, trust begins to form, and positive momentum begins to build. When our friends without an address truly feel that their best interest is in mind, a connection is made on a profound level.

As relationships grow, it is our experience that we can begin to hold that person accountable, much like you would with a close friend or family member. It is easy to see how our friends are capable of great things, but due to years and years of failures and shortcomings, they have forgotten or are unable to see their true potential. However, because of your relationship with this individual we see confidence increasing. The individual starts taking steps forward, such as looking for work, sharpening up their resume, attending interviews, and feeling the joy that empowerment can bring. Now this person has a job, a part-time or full-time salary, an apartment or house of their own and all because someone took the time to get to know them!

The question is this: Will you take the time or provide the resources for someone else to walk alongside our friends as they work towards healing and restoration? That is the mission of  C-U at Home, to walk alongside the most vulnerable and support them on their journey, showing them the love and compassion of Christ.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope your time spent on these pages will uplift and encourage you, as well as help you gain a new perspective on homelessness and our friends without an address.

In His Service,

Rob Dalhaus III
Development and Community Outreach Director