06/20/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

06/21/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

06/21/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

06/22/2019
$12 for Up to 70 Pounds of Fresh, Nutritious, Rescued Produce
Produce re-distribution market from Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW)
Saturday, June 22, 6 to 9am. Anyone can contribute $12 for up to 70 lbs. of of fresh, nutritious, rescued produce. You can shop on a budget and help curb food waste too. No income or residential qualifications. Please share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who’s in need.
•   Crossroads United Methodist Church – 7901 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85020
•   Glendale/Peoria Family YMCA – 14711 N. 59th Ave., Glendale 85306
•   Sword of the Spirit Ministry (west of Estrella Pkwy. & Illini St.) – 15635 W. Illini St., Goodyear 85338
Click HERE for a schedule of future locations and dates. For more information about Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW), visit www.borderlandsfooodbank.org, call 520.287.2627 or email info@borderlandsfoodbank.org.

06/22/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

06/22/2019
Get Up to 60 Pounds of Fresh Produce for Just $10 from MOM
Produce distribution from Market on the Move (MOM)
Fourth Saturday of each month, 8 to 10 am (unless noted otherwise)
•   The 3000 Club Phoenix, 1741 West Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix 85027
•   Coffelt-Lamoreaux Housing, 2020 West Durango St., Phoenix, AZ 85009
•   Glendale Landmark School (temporary location), 5730 W Myrtle Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301
•   Monte Vista Elementary School, 3501 E Osborn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
•   Ramiro’s Mexican Food, 10720 West Indian School Rd. #20, Phoenix, AZ 85037
•   Plus locations in Tucson
For a donation of $10, you can get up to 60 lbs. of produce which you can share with other families. This also helps rescue good, fresh produce from going to the landfills. First come, first served! Please bring your own bags or boxes. Find a schedule of future events and locations at http://the3000club.org.

06/22/2019
BE SAFE The Movie
Free event on autism, safety and law enforcement
Saturday, June 22, 8:30 to 11:30 am
Aability360 Center, Suite 200, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Teach students and young adults how to interact with the police-get empowered! Join Square One Arizona for a free BE SAFE screening at the Ability360 building. This engaging interactive screening empowers you to address the safety needs of young adults and adults with developmental disabilities as they interact with those in the community. This event is FREE and open to young people (12 and older) and their caregivers, as well as adults with disabilities and family members, caregivers, service providers or community members who would like to learn more about this very important topic. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

06/22/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the Gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

06/24/2019
Women's Empowerment Group
Women of all abilities welcome
Mondays, June 24 and July 29, 1 to 3 pm
Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 2nd floor workout room, E. Washington St., Phoenix
The monthly class is based on a practice from an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but one does not need to practice Buddhism to participate. The facilitator explains that the components are transferable to support a variety of abilities and spiritual paths. Please RSVP by contacting Amina, 602.980.1155, AminaK@ability360.org.

06/24/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
• Monday, June 24, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, July 15, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, August 12, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, September 9, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, October 7, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, November 4, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

06/24/2019
Summer Lunch Program
Free meals for anyone age 18 and under
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 30 to July 22, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chandler Family Learning Center, 811 S. Hamilton, Chandler, AZ
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to July 26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, South Central Family Learning Center, 33 W. Tamarisk, Phoenix 85041
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

06/24/2019
Team Blue Adaptive Dragon Boat Practice
For veterans and civilians with disabilities
Practice is every Monday, meet at 6:15 pm at Tempe Town Lake Marina. For info, https://ability360.org/sports/, TesslynW@Ability360.org or 480.935.3464.

06/24/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

06/24/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

06/25/2019
Change Agent Meeting: Navigating the Behavioral Health System
Presented by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs
4th Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The purpose of the AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA) Change Agent Meeting is to inspire and empower members, family members, providers and other stakeholders across the state to be Agents of Change. OIFA will be taking the monthly Change Agent meeting statewide to make it available and accessible to Arizonans whose lives intersect with the behavioral health system. Until the statewide schedule is finalized, all currently scheduled Change Agent meetings have been cancelled. For information, email Chaz.Longwell@azahcccs.gov.

06/25/2019
Theatre 360 Presents "Reversal"
Lunch time theater from Ability360 Center
June 17 to 27 at Herberger Theater
In an alternate reality, the norm involves those who have disabilities and those without have to adjust and maybe fight for accessibility. In a comedic vaudevillian style, this play will keep you laughing while demonstrating a different perspective on living a “normal” life. Click HERE for tickets and show times.

06/26/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Wednesday, June 26, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014, Valley Metro bus route 7
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. For questions, contact Laura, PiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org. No meetings in July or Dec.

06/26/2019
Get Up to 60 Pounds of Fresh Produce for Just $10 from MOM
Produce distribution events from Market on the Move (MOM)
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8 to 10 am
• The 3000 Club Phoenix, 1741 West Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027
For a donation of $10, get up to 60 lbs. of produce. First come, first served! Please bring your own bags. For more info, visit http://the3000club.org.

06/27/2019
Let's Get Better Together Conference
Strengthening Our Lives: Authenticity, Intersectionality, Wellness
Thursday and Friday, June 27-28
Desert Willow Conference Center - 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ
The LGBTQ Behavioral Health Coalition of Southern Arizona and the Queer Resource Collective (QuRC) are pleased to invite you to the 8th Annual Let's Get Better Together Conference, an annual statewide conference to increase education, resources and understanding for health and human service providers serving the LGBTQ community. This years' theme is "Strengthening Our Lives: Authenticity, Intersectionality, and Wellness". The conference will have interactive presentations on a number of topics including advocacy, medical best practices, intercultural communications, intentional living, identity caucuses, and more. Anyone interested in serving the LGBTQ community or working towards equity should attend. CEUs are included for day 2. To learn more and to register for the event, letsgetbettertogetheraz.org/event-registration.

06/27/2019
Behavioral Health Studies Continuing Education Webinar Series
CEUs available
June 27: Best Practices in Prescribing Psychiatric Medications and Why Not to Prescribe for Grief and Bereavement. Cummings Graduate Institute (CGI) will offer a series of live webinars in 2019 facilitated by experts, innovators, and educators making an impact in the integrated care and behavioral health arenas. Registered webinar guests are eligible to earn continuing education units. Register at https://cummingsinstitute.com/webinars. $50. Discounts for multiple webinars and group discounts available.

06/27/2019
Theatre 360 Presents "Reversal"
Lunch time theater from Ability360 Center
June 17 to 27 at Herberger Theater
In an alternate reality, the norm involves those who have disabilities and those without have to adjust and maybe fight for accessibility. In a comedic vaudevillian style, this play will keep you laughing while demonstrating a different perspective on living a “normal” life. Click HERE for tickets and show times.

06/27/2019
Community Assistance Resource Center
Grand opening
Thurs., June 27, 9 am inside the Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson St., Peoria, AZ
Meet and learn! Non-profit partners will be on site to answer your questions. Sponsored by the City of Peoria.

06/27/2019
Cactus University for Parents (CUP)
A summer series of trainings and discussions about parenting
Every Thursday morning, 10 am to 12 pm
Family Involvement Center, Cactus Corner location, 5044 West Cactus Road, Phoenix AZ (in the Albertson’s strip mall)
This summer training series will feature an array of topics, including understanding your child’s behavior and a six week session of Parenting with Love and Logic. Registration is limited to families enrolled in AHCCCS. Interpretation is available with prior notice. To register, email Toni Donnelly, Toni@familyinvolvementcenter.org, or call 602.412.4074.

06/27/2019
Mental Health 101: Eating Disorders
Free Webinar from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Thursday, June 27, 9 am
The Partnership Center’s third webinar in its “Mental Illness 101” series focuses on understanding eating disorders, how and when they typically manifest, and the toll taken on an individual’s perception of body, mind, and spirit. Participants will receive practical ways faith-based organizations and community groups/leaders can (literally and figuratively) wraparound these adults, teens, and adolescents to help provide the integrative emotional, physical, and spiritual support needed for successful recovery. Learn more and register.

06/27/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, June 27, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: July 25.

06/27/2019
Best Practices in Prescribing Psychiatric Medications
and Why Not to Prescribe for Grief and Bereavement
Behavioral health studies continuing education webinar
Thursday, June 27, 11 am to 12 pm PST, $50
Cummings Graduate Institute (CGI) offers live webinars facilitated by experts, innovators, and educators making an impact in the integrated care and behavioral health arenas. Registered webinar guests are eligible to earn continuing education units. Webinar recordings will be made available to all registered guests. To register, visit https://cummingsinstitute.com/webinars.

06/28/2019
Let's Get Better Together Conference
Strengthening our Lives: Authenticity, Intersectionality, Wellness
Thursday and Friday, June 27-28
Desert Willow Conference Center - 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ
An annual statewide conference to increase education, resources and understanding of health providers serving the LGBTQ community. This year's conference focuses on LGBTQ+ integrated health. Day 1 is an advocacy institute and day 2 is conference style with workshops and a keynote ... You can attend one day or both. CEUs are included for day 2. To learn more and to register for the event, letsgetbettertogetheraz.org/event-registration.

06/28/2019
Arizona Education and Empowerment Initiative Class
Free 6-week course designed to engage individuals with disabilities in their communities
Summer Session: Fridays, June 28 to Aug. 2, 12 to 3 pm
Evening Session: Wednesdays, Aug. 21 to Sept. 25, 5:30 to 8 pm
Learn how to get involved with Ability360, your city, and your community, learn more about disability history and the Independent Living Philosophy, gain and improve communication and leadership skills, and advocate more for yourself and others. Click HERE to apply. For more information or assistance with filling out your application, contact Gillian Carr, GillianC@ability360.orgl or 602.682.5581.

06/28/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

06/29/2019
STUCK: A Mental Health Fundraiser and Film Screening
Fundraising event, panel, gallery and film screening
Sat., June 29, 6 to 9 pm
Thrive Coworking for Women, 313 North Gilbert Road #300, Gilbert, AZ 85234
"STUCK" is a short film written and directed by Alyssa Jane inspired by her own personal experiences with depression and anxiety. The film takes on a lighter, whimsical, and relatable representation of this stigmatized issue, and takes you inside the mind of Liv, a woman struggling with self-talk and being stuck in a mental health cycle. "STUCK" is proud to have an all-women crew. Tickets are $10 and 80% of ticket sales will be donated to Mental Health America AZ. Visit www.eventbrite.com for details and tickets.

06/29/2019
$12 for Up to 70 Pounds of Fresh, Nutritious, Rescued Produce
Produce re-distribution market from Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW)
Saturday, June 29, 6 - 9 am. Anyone can contribute $12 for up to 70 lbs. of of fresh, nutritious, rescued produce. You can shop on a budget and help curb food waste too. No income or residential qualifications. Please share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who’s in need.
•   Cheeers Recovery Center – 1950 W. Heatherbrae Dr., Phoenix, 85015
•   St. Luke Lutheran Church – 807 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa 85203
•   Willowbrook United Methodist Church – 19390 N. 99th Ave., Sun City 85373
Click HERE for a schedule of future locations and dates. For more information about Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW), visit www.borderlandsfooodbank.org, call 520.287.2627 or email info@borderlandsfoodbank.org.

07/01/2019
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07/01/2019
Summer Lunch Program
Free meals for anyone age 18 and under
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 30 to July 22, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chandler Family Learning Center, 811 S. Hamilton, Chandler, AZ
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to July 26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, South Central Family Learning Center, 33 W. Tamarisk, Phoenix 85041
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

07/02/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Registeration required. contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

07/02/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

07/02/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

07/02/2019
NAMI Community Education Program (formerly Education Meeting)
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

07/02/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

07/02/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

07/03/2019
Brain Gym
Promotes efficient mind-body connections
Wed., July 3, 1 pm
Ability360 Center Sports and Fitness Center, 2nd floor, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034. Call 602.508.8024.

07/03/2019
Junta de hombres con discapacidades en español
Spanish Men's Disability Issues Group
July 3, 6 to 8 pm, Primer Miércoles de cada mes
Ability360 Center, Aula A, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Para más información contacte Marcos Castillo, MarcosaCastillo7@gmail.com, 928.210.7692.

07/03/2019
The Brain Cave
A discussion group for men on life after brain injury
Wed., July 3, 6 to 7:30 pm
Ability360 Center, Suite 200, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Men ages 18+ who have survived any type of brain injury (concussion, stroke, TBI, brain tumor, etc.) are invited to join this special pilot of Brain Cave Mens Group, a conversation-based group where your thoughts and interests are welcome. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Presented by Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

07/04/2019
HOLIDAY: Independence Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



07/05/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

07/05/2019
Community Living Options Men's Group
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Friday, July 5 and July 19, 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Ability360 Center, Classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034. Contact Douglas West, 602.443.0715.

07/05/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

07/06/2019
$12 for Up to 70 Pounds of Fresh, Nutritious, Rescued Produce
Produce re-distribution market from Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW)
Saturday, July 6, 6 to 9am. Anyone can contribute $12 for up to 70 lbs. of of fresh, nutritious, rescued produce. You can shop on a budget and help curb food waste too. No income or residential qualifications. Please share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who’s in need.
•   Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain – 2504 S. 91st Ave., Tolleson 85353
•   First Baptist Church of Scottsdale – 7025 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale 85251
•   Open Door Fellowship Church – 8301 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix 85021
Click HERE for a schedule of future locations and dates. For more information about Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW), visit www.borderlandsfooodbank.org, call 520.287.2627 or email info@borderlandsfoodbank.org.

07/08/2019
Summer Lunch Program
Free meals for anyone age 18 and under
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 30 to July 22, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chandler Family Learning Center, 811 S. Hamilton, Chandler, AZ
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to July 26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, South Central Family Learning Center, 33 W. Tamarisk, Phoenix 85041
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

07/08/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

07/09/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members. The Coalition is made up of peers, family members, government representatives, and providers whose goal is to make a better system of care regardless of resources available to do so. Participate in person or by phone. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, 602.866.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

07/09/2019
Motivational Interviewing Basics
Professional development for providers from ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
Tuesday, July 9, 9 am to 4 pm, Downtown Phoenix Campus, $110 per person
Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is intended to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a change goal by eliciting and exploring an individuals own arguments for change. For more information or to register, visit http://view.e.asu.edu/.

07/09/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

07/09/2019
Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting
For survivors, professionals and supporters
Second Tuesday of every ODD month, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 2033 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
The goal of the Coalition is to change those conditions that result in suicidal acts in Arizona through awareness, intervention, and action. For information, please email AZSPC@gmail.com or visit www.azspc.org/. Meetings are subject to change.

07/10/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

07/11/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

07/11/2019
Socialization Through Recreation
Nutrition and cooking class
Thursday, July 11, 18 and 25, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Ability360 Center, Classroom B5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Participants must bring ingredients. Contact Leanne Murrillo, 602.296.0535 or LeanneM@ability360.org.

07/11/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

07/12/2019
Doula Certification for Peer Support Specialists
Traing to work with pregnant women with substance use disorders
Fridays, July 12 and 19, 9 am to 6 pm, CHEEERS Recovery Center, Phoenix
Are you a peer support specialist? Inquire before July 1 to attend this training to become a certified doula. CHEEERS Recovery Center, under a Building Communities of Recovery Grant through SAMHSA, is offering a unique opportunity to Arizona’s Credentialed Peer Supports. Click HERE for more details. Please contact Lisa Zaran, lisa.zaran@cheeers.org or call 602.246.7607 ext. 2130

07/12/2019
safeTALK
Suicide alertness for everyone
• Friday, July 12, 1 to 4:30 pm, Mercy Care, 4755 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix
• Friday, Sept. 6, 8:30 am to 12 pm, 4755 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix
• Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 to 4:30 pm, 4755 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. Learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Attend the half day safeTALK program and learn to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, and connect them to lifesaving resources. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Mercy Care is covering registration costs ($25 value); there is no cost to participate.

07/12/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

07/12/2019
Wheelchair Basketball Summer Camp
For individuals ages 12 to 23
Friday, July 12 through Monday, July 15 in Tucson, AZ
UA Adaptive Athletics Wheelchair Basketball Summer Camp for individuals ages 12-23. Tucson, Ariz. Cost: $350 Camp fee includes meals, on-campus housing and airport transportation. $200 Camp fee without housing. Contact Jenn Poist, jpoist@email.arizona.edu, 520.626.9483.

07/12/2019
New Challenges: Serving Immigrant Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Free workshop from Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence
Friday, July 12, 9 am to 1 pm
Phoenix Family Advocacy Center, Community Room, 2120 N Central Ave., Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85004
This four-hour workshop will examine the various opportunities and challenges of serving immigrant, refugee, or asylum-seeking survivors of sexual and domestic violence. It will explore the diversity in immigrant experiences and resultant barriers to accessing services along with best practices for working with immigrant survivors. It will also analyze the differences in trauma effects, legal and immigration relief options, recent immigration law changes, and service provider obligations. This workshop is intended for advocates, law enforcement, immigration attorneys, and others working with immigrant or refugee communities. Pre-register at www.eventbrite.com.

07/13/2019
$12 for Up to 70 Pounds of Fresh, Nutritious, Rescued Produce
Produce re-distribution market from Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW)
Saturday, July 13, 6 - 9 am. Anyone can contribute $12 for up to 70 lbs. of of fresh, nutritious, rescued produce. You can shop on a budget and help curb food waste, too. No income or residential qualifications. Please share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who’s in need.
•   Corona Baptist Church – 4450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler 85226
•   Living Word Bible Church – 3520 E. Brown Rd., Mesa 85213
•   San Tan Valley Farmers Market at Combs High School – 2505 E. Germann Rd., San Tan Valley 85140
Click HERE for a schedule of future locations and dates. For more information about Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW), visit www.borderlandsfooodbank.org, call 520.287.2627 or email info@borderlandsfoodbank.org.

07/13/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, July 13, 9 am to 1 pm, United Health Care (call for address)
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

07/15/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
• Monday, July 15, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, August 12, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, September 9, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, October 7, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, November 4, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

07/15/2019
Summer Lunch Program
Free meals for anyone age 18 and under
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 30 to July 22, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chandler Family Learning Center, 811 S. Hamilton, Chandler, AZ
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to July 26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, South Central Family Learning Center, 33 W. Tamarisk, Phoenix 85041
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

07/15/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

07/16/2019
20th Annual Summer Institute
Illuminating Behavioral Health: Exploring New Pathways for Care and Inspiring Breakthroughs
July 16-19, High Country Conference Center, Flagstaff, AZ
The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Summer Institute, providing education and networking opportunities to Arizona’s behavioral health professionals. CABHP will welcome national experts, innovative local leaders, educators, researchers, clinicians, peer support specialists, counselors, outreach providers, government leaders and other professionals together for the four-day conference. The conference provides a wide variety of educational sessions for today’s healthcare and behavioral health professionals and partners. They will showcase keynotes conducted by nationally recognized researchers and experts, as well as more than 35 breakout sessions addressing a wide range of innovative topics relevant to those working in and leading the field, totalling 19 hours of Continuing Education Units for conference attendees. Early bird registration opens May 8. To learn more, visit https://cabhp.asu.edu/summer-institute.

07/16/2019
Medicare Planning Solutions
Free seminar presented by the City of Peoria
Tuesday, July 16, 10 to 11 am, Peoria Community Center
Do you have questions about Medicare or other health and wellness benefits? Attend this seminar to find out how Medicare Planning Solutions may assist you. Medicare Planning Solutions is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that helps income-challenged community members obtain and maintain state-sponsored health and wellness benefits. Medicare Planning Solutions believes when people have accurate information, they can make informed decisions about their healthcare that are based on fact rather than financial limitations. Please pre-register by contacting peoriasupport@peoriaaz.gov or 623.773.7070.

07/16/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

07/17/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Recovery Innovations, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (location may vary)
Get the latest news about Mercy Care's program and services and join an open discussion about who is eligible for services, available programs for adults, and supports for friends and loved ones. No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Valley Metro bus route 16. Need transportation? Members can get a ride at no cost. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711.

07/17/2019
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Suicide first aid training workshop
Wed. and Thurs., July 17-18, 7:30 am to 4 pm
Ombudsman Charter High School - Metro, 7910 N 43rd Ave., Glendale, Arizona 85301
ASIST is for any person in a position of trust who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent suicide. Learn how to recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, develop a safety framework, link persons at risk with resources, and more. Studies show the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide. For more info, click HERE. Please RSVP. Call/text 623.203.7024, email hlynn@ombudsman.com. Limited to 30 participants. Please cancel if unable to attend.

07/17/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

07/17/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

07/18/2019
Socialization Through Recreation
Nutrition and cooking class
Thursday, July 18 and 25, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Ability360 Center, Classroom B5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Participants must bring ingredients. Contact Leanne Murrillo, 602.296.0535 or LeanneM@ability360.org.

07/18/2019
Americans with Disabilities ACT
Audio conference
Thursday, July 18, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, Suite 200, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix. (Dis)abling Comics, “Cripping” the Comic Con, and Accessible Technologies. Please RSVP to TriciaS@ability360.org.

07/18/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

07/19/2019
Community Living Options Men's Group
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Friday, July 19, 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Ability360 Center, Classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034. Contact Douglas West, 602.443.0715.

07/19/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

07/20/2019
$12 for Up to 70 Pounds of Fresh, Nutritious, Rescued Produce
Produce re-distribution market from Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW)
Saturday, July 20, 6 - 9 am. Anyone can contribute $12 for up to 70 lbs. of of fresh, nutritious, rescued produce. You can shop on a budget and help curb food waste, too. No income or residential qualifications. Please share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who’s in need.
•   Aldersgate United Methodist Church – 3530 N. 32nd St., Phoenix 85018
•   ASU, West Campus – 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale 85306
Click HERE for a schedule of future locations and dates. For more information about Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW), visit www.borderlandsfooodbank.org, call 520.287.2627 or email info@borderlandsfoodbank.org.

07/20/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

07/20/2019
Erase the Stigma
Free public awareness event on behavioral health and addiction in Cottonwood
Saturday, July 20, 10 am to 3 pm, Cottonwood Recreation Center
Addiction and mental health are not only a huge community issue, but an epidemic at the state and national levels. This free public event is focused on fostering understanding within our community, and helps demonstrate positive ways to approach addiction and mental health, create an understanding of how they coexist, and show what resources and solutions are available. There will be speakers, food and drinks, day passes to the rec center, and exhibit booths. Join us, or to volunteer, just show up!

07/20/2019
ABCs of Special Needs Planning
Free workshop from the Special Needs Project
Saturday, July 20, 10 am to noon
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington, Classroom A/2nd floor, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Learn about documents designed to protect your loved one’s quality of life and care. These include Guardianship, Special Needs Trust, Wills, Government Benefits, the ABLE Account, Budget Planning and the Letter of Intent. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723 or DavidC@ability360.org.

07/20/2019
Arizona Diamondbacks Inclusion Day Event
Family friendly/accessible game
Saturday, July 20, 2:30 to 7:30 pm
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Game begins at 5:10 pm with the Milweukee Brewers. For tickets, click HERE.

07/20/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, July 20, 8 am to 12 pm, Paideia Academy, 777 S. 15th Terrace, Phoenix
Saturday, July 20, 9 am to 12 pm, Metro Center, 9617 N. Metro Parkway, Phoenix
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

07/22/2019
Mental Health First Aid Training
Sponsored by the Arizona Council of Human Services
Monday July 22, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Arizona Council of Human Service Providers - Board Room, 2100 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. People who enroll in local Mental Health First Aid courses learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems. To register, click HERE. If you have any questions about the Mental Health First Aid training, please contact Amy Meyertholen at 602-252-9363 or amy@azcouncil.com

07/22/2019
Summer Lunch Program
Free meals for anyone age 18 and under
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to July 26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, South Central Family Learning Center, 33 W. Tamarisk, Phoenix 85041
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

07/22/2019
BLOOM365 Gen Z Peer Advocate Academy
Prepares teens to lead and facilitate peer to peer advocacy and awareness campaigns
Monday - Wed., July 22 - 24, 9 am to 5:30 pm, Sheraton Grand Phoenix, $35 - $105
BLOOM365's 3-Day Gen Z Peer Advocate Academy prepares teens to lead and facilitate peer to peer advocacy and awareness campaigns throughout the year. Teens from across the U.S. are coming together in Phoenix, Arizona to develop, refine, practice and share ideas and solutions to prevent domestic violence, sexual violence and teen dating violence at the root causes. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

07/22/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

07/23/2019
25th Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference
Defining our Future
July 23 and 24, 8 am, Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340, $325 - $425
Over the last quarter-century, the Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference has become a must-attend event amongst advocates, community leaders, child welfare professionals, volunteers, law enforcement, and policymakers as a summit that produces practical solutions to help keep families strong and children thriving. This year's conference will feature 49 workshops within 11 workshop tracks. To register, visit https://pcaaz.regfox.com/cap2019.

07/24/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
No meeting in July or December.

07/25/2019
Hearing Voices Workshop
Professional development for providers from ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
Thursday, July 25, 1 to 4 pm, Downtown Phoenix Campus, $59 per person
This curriculum has been developed and piloted for a wide range of mental health professionals to help them empathize more deeply with the challenges voice hearers face, reduce the fear and stigma surrounding the voice hearing experience and learn to teach self-help skills to voice hearers. For more information or to register, click HERE.

07/25/2019
Socialization Through Recreation
Nutrition and cooking class
Thursday, July 25, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Ability360 Center, Classroom B5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Participants must bring ingredients. Contact Leanne Murrillo, 602.296.0535 or LeanneM@ability360.org.

07/25/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, June 27, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Aug. 22.

07/25/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

07/26/2019
Theatre 360 Presents "Reversal"
Lunch time theater from Ability360 Center
June 17 to 27 at Herberger Theater
In an alternate reality, the norm involves those who have disabilities and those without have to adjust and maybe fight for accessibility. In a comedic vaudevillian style, this play will keep you laughing while demonstrating a different perspective on living a “normal” life. Click HERE for tickets and show times.

07/26/2019
Forward Facing Professional Resilience
Training for professional helpers to prevent compassion fatigue and other work-related stress disorders
Friday, July 26, 8:30 am to 4 pm
This course is an inoculation or vaccination against the potentially painful effects to caregivers working with troubled and traumatized populations. This training is also intended to produce an ameliorative effect upon the current compassion fatigue symptoms that participants may be experiencing. Click HERE to learn more and register. Presented by Arizona Trauma Institute.

07/26/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

07/27/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

07/27/2019
$12 for Up to 70 Pounds of Fresh, Nutritious, Rescued Produce
Produce re-distribution market from Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW)
Saturday, July 27, 6 to 9am. Anyone can contribute $12 for up to 70 lbs. of of fresh, nutritious, rescued produce. You can shop on a budget and help curb food waste too. No income or residential qualifications. Please share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who’s in need.
•   Crossroads United Methodist Church – 7901 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85020
•   Glendale/Peoria Family YMCA – 14711 N. 59th Ave., Glendale 85306
•   Sword of the Spirit Ministry (west of Estrella Pkwy. & Illini St.) – 15635 W. Illini St., Goodyear 85338
Click HERE for a schedule of future locations and dates. For more information about Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW), visit www.borderlandsfooodbank.org, call 520.287.2627 or email info@borderlandsfoodbank.org.

07/27/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, July 27, 9 am to 12 pm, Grand Canyon university, 3300 W. Camelback, Phoenix
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

07/27/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the Gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

07/29/2019
Women's Empowerment Group
Women of all abilities welcome
Monday, July 29, 1 to 3 pm (last Monday of the month)
Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 2nd floor workout room, E. Washington St., Phoenix
The monthly class is based on a practice from an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition, but one does not need to practice Buddhism to participate. The facilitator explains that the components are transferable to support a variety of abilities and spiritual paths. Please RSVP by contacting Amina, 602.980.1155, AminaK@ability360.org.

07/29/2019
Clinical Supervision Refresher Course
Professional development for providers from ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
Monday, July 29, 9 am to 4 pm, Downtown Phoenix Campus, $150 per person
In response to the need for an educational program which helps supervisors qualify for credentialing, the course presents participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to assure quality of care and promote the professional development of addictions counselors. This 6 hour workshop is designed to provide supervisors with a refresher course that focuses on current issues in supervision. For more information or to register, visit http://view.e.asu.edu/.

07/29/2019
Summer Lunch Program
Free meals for anyone age 18 and under
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

07/29/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

08/01/2019
Summer Lunch Program
Free meals for anyone age 18 and under
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

08/01/2019
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Free suicide first aid training workshop from Mercy Care
Thurs. and Friday, August 1-2, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
RI International, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 122, Phoenix 85006
ASIST is for any person in a position of trust who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent suicide. Learn how to recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, develop a safety framework, link persons at risk with resources, and more. Studies show the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide. For more information and to register, www.eventbrite.com. Also presented on October 3-4 and December 12-13.

08/02/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
No meeting in August (normally meets the first Friday of each month). Next meeting: Sept. 6
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

08/02/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

08/03/2019
$12 for Up to 70 Pounds of Fresh, Nutritious, Rescued Produce
Produce re-distribution market from Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW)
Saturday, August 3, 6 to 9am. Anyone can contribute $12 for up to 70 lbs. of of fresh, nutritious, rescued produce. You can shop on a budget and help curb food waste too. No income or residential qualifications. Please share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who’s in need.
•   Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain – 2504 S. 91st Ave., Tolleson 85353
•   First Baptist Church of Scottsdale – 7025 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale 85251
•   Open Door Fellowship Church– 8301 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix 85021
Click HERE for a schedule of future locations and dates. For more information about Produce On Wheels-With Out Waste (POWWOW), visit www.borderlandsfooodbank.org, call 520.287.2627 or email info@borderlandsfoodbank.org.

08/03/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, August 3, 7 to 11 pm, Food City, 2124 E. McDowell, Phoenix
Saturday, August 3, 12 to 4 pm, Washington Elementary, 3200 W. Cholla St., Phoenix
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

08/05/2019
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08/05/2019
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes
Free program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness
Three classes currently enrolling:
• August 5 to October 28, Mondays, 6 to 8 pm, in Chandler near the 202 and Route 87
• August 22 to November 7, Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 pm, Scottsdale near the 101 and E. Shea Blvd.
• August 29 to November 14, Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 pm, Phoenix near Central Ave. and McDowell Rd.
The Family-to-Family course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own wellbeing. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Classes fill quickly and pre-registration is required. To register, contact NAMI Valley of the Sun, 602.759.8182 or education@NAMIvalleyofthesun.org. Sponsored by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

08/05/2019
Providing Advocacy to Teen Survivors of Dating Violence and Sexual Assault
Free workshop from Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence
Monday, August 5, 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Phoenix Family Advocacy Center, Community Room, 2120 N Central Ave., Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85004
This 4-hour training will provide best practices for working with teen survivors of sexual and domestic violence. We will examine the unique dynamics of domestic and sexual violence involving teens and provide tangible strategies for age-appropriate advocacy. Some topics we will explore are stalking, technology safety, consent, and talking with teens about healthy relationships. Pre-register at www.eventbrite.com.

08/06/2019
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

08/06/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

08/06/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

08/06/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

08/06/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

08/06/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

08/08/2019
Ethics in the Workplace and Cultural Intelligence Training
Professional development for providers from ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
Thursday, August 8, 9 am to 4 pm, Downtown Phoenix Campus, $59 per person
This course provides participants with an overview of the moral concepts of goodness, right, and obligation, and the ways in which they operate in the workplace. These concepts are further enhanced during the classroom discussions and group work. Additionally, this course is designed to provide participants with Cultural Intelligence, or the ability to make sense of unfamiliar contexts and then blend in. For more information or to register, click HERE. You may register for either the Ethics Training ($59), the Cultural Intelligence Training ($59) or both trainings for a discounted price of $109.

08/08/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

08/08/2019
Connections Conference 2019 from Mercy Care
Working together for wellness
August 8-9, Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix
This two-day conference for members, families, and provider staff will educate and inspire. This year's focus is on addiction, women's health, housing and school-based services. You'll learn about community resources, integration and peer and family support services.
Day 1: 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, with a focus on members and their families
Day 2: 8 am to 4 pm. on Friday, August 9 with a focus on provider staff, but anyone from the community is welcome to attend.
You'll have the chance to talk with support services providers. You can also enjoy a networking dinner/lunch. Seating is limited. Learn more and register HERE. For help registering, contact the Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA) Team, 602.453-8416 or OIFATeam@MercyCareAZ.org.

08/08/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

08/09/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

08/09/2019
Community Forum to Discuss Gaps in Services for Persons with Mental Illness
With the Arizona Center for Disability Law
Friday, August 9, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Conference Center, 5025 E Washington St, Ste 200, Phoenix
The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is holding this event to give people with mental illness and their families the opportunity to share their experiences with Arizona's mental health system. This information will allow ACDL to better advocate for Arizonans with mental illness. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

08/09/2019
Connections Conference 2019 from Mercy Care
Working together for wellness
August 8-9, Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix
This two-day conference for members, families, and provider staff will educate and inspire. This year's focus is on addiction, women's health, housing and school-based services. You'll learn about community resources, integration and peer and family support services.
Day 2: 8 am to 4 pm. on Friday, August 9 with a focus on provider staff, but anyone from the community is welcome to attend.
You'll have the chance to talk with support services providers. You can also enjoy a networking dinner/lunch. Seating is limited. Learn more and register HERE. For help registering, contact the Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA) Team, 602.453-8416 or OIFATeam@MercyCareAZ.org.

08/09/2019
Domestic Violence and Developing Minds
Free workshop from Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence
Friday, August 9, 9 am to 1 pm
Phoenix Family Advocacy Center, Community Room, 2120 N Central Ave., Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85004
This training will provide attendees a deeper look into trauma responses in young children and how service providers can support children who have been victimized or have witnessed domestic or sexual violence. It will include discussion and research on attachment, risk and protective factors, resilience, and neurobiological effects of trauma on developing minds. This training will also explore best practices when working with young children and parents to support children's healing and ensure program readiness. Pre-register at www.eventbrite.com.

08/12/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
• Monday, August 12, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, September 9, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, October 7, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, November 4, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

08/12/2019
Sexual Violence Core Advocacy Training
Sexual violence advocacy training from Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence
Monday through Friday, August 12-16, 8:30 to 4:30 each day, Phoenix, $0 to $200
This is a five-day, 40-hour comprehensive sexual violence advocacy training that examines the dynamics and sociocultural context of sexual violence, healthy sexuality, and the facets of sexual assault response statewide. Participants will learn the foundations of sexual assault advocacy, including tone, rapport building, and crisis intervention, as well as professional ethics and privileged communication. This training also covers advanced advocacy strategies rooted in the neurobiology of trauma and considering the complex needs and intersectional identities of survivors. Register at www.eventbrite.com.

08/12/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

08/13/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members. The Coalition is made up of peers, family members, government representatives, and providers whose goal is to make a better system of care regardless of resources available to do so. Participate in person or by phone. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, 602.866.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

08/13/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

08/14/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

08/15/2019
Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit Awards Banquet
Nominate someone for recognition
Thursday, August 15, 12:15 to 3:30 pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, Tempe, Ariz. $50
Join David's Hope as they honor law enforcement, judicial officers and mental health criminal justice advocates. For information, tickets and to nominate someone for an award, visit www.davidshopeaz.org or contact 602.774.4382 or davidshopeaz@yahoo.com.

08/15/2019
Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit
Focusing on implementing the Stepping up Initiative across Arizona
Thursday, August 15, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, Tempe, Ariz. $50-125
Join David's Hope for a day of learning and sharing with mental health criminal justice stakeholders from across Arizona. Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould will present from his vast judicial experience and passion for improving outcomes at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice. Dialogue will be centered on local, county and state efforts to see people with mental illnesses and addictions intercepted from the criminal justice system. Continental breakfast. For information and registration, visit www.davidshopeaz.org or contact 602.774.4382 or davidshopeaz@yahoo.com.

08/15/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

08/16/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

08/17/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

08/19/2019
Annual Transition Conference
Building Success: One Transition at a Time
August 19-21, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Ariz. Save the date!

08/20/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

08/21/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Recovery Innovations, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (location may vary)
Get the latest news about Mercy Care's program and services and join an open discussion about who is eligible for services, available programs for adults, and supports for friends and loved ones. No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Valley Metro bus route 16. Need transportation? Members can get a ride at no cost. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711.

08/21/2019
Arizona Education and Empowerment Initiative Class
Free 6-week course designed to engage individuals with disabilities in their communities
Evening Session: Wednesdays, Aug. 21 to Sept. 25, 5:30 to 8 pm
Learn how to get involved with Ability360, your city, and your community, learn more about disability history and the Independent Living Philosophy, gain and improve communication and leadership skills, and advocate more for yourself and others. Click HERE to apply. For more information or assistance with filling out your application, contact Gillian Carr, GillianC@ability360.orgl or 602.682.5581.

08/21/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

08/21/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

08/22/2019
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes
Free program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness
Classes currently enrolling:
• August 22 to November 7, Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 pm, Scottsdale near the 101 and E. Shea Blvd.
• August 29 to November 14, Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 pm, Phoenix near Central Ave. and McDowell Rd.
The Family-to-Family course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own wellbeing. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Classes fill quickly and pre-registration is required. To register, contact NAMI Valley of the Sun, 602.759.8182 or education@NAMIvalleyofthesun.org. Sponsored by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

08/22/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Sep. 26.

08/22/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

08/23/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

08/24/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

08/24/2019
Self Defense Class for Wheelchair Users
Don't be a victim
Saturday, August 24, 1 to 3 pm, free
Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Participants will be shown how to get out of a choke hold, the importance of being aware of your surroundings, and how to use your wheelchair as a self-defense mechanism in an attack. Class is exclusively for people who regularly use wheelchairs for mobility. No charge. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

08/24/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

08/26/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

08/26/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

08/28/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. For questions, call Family Involvement Center at 602.288.0155 or email Mercy Care’s Office of Individual and Family Affairs at oifateam@MercyCareAZ.org. No meeting in Dec.

08/29/2019
NAMI Family-to-Family Class
Free program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness
August 29 to November 14, Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 pm, Phoenix near Central Ave. and McDowell Rd.
The Family-to-Family course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own wellbeing. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. Classes fill quickly and pre-registration is required. To register, contact NAMI Valley of the Sun, 602.759.8182 or education@NAMIvalleyofthesun.org. Sponsored by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

08/30/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

08/31/2019
Mental Health Summit
Pave the Way
Sat. Aug. 31, 8 am to 5 pm
Mesquite High School, 500 South McQueen Road. Gilbert, AZ 85233
BEE Daring Foundation in partnership with Mesquite High School Health and Wellness presents a free event dedicated to providing knowledge and empowering those about the importance of mental health. Educating our community (both on and off campus) by providing various resources from local organizations across the valley. We know how difficult it can be to ask for help. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for those who are interested in learning more. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

09/02/2019
HOLIDAY: Labor Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



09/02/2019
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09/02/2019
National Recovery Month
September
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders; celebrates people in recovery; lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers; and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. To learn more, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.

09/02/2019
National Suicide Prevention Month
September
Get involved and learn more about preventing suicide every day from the American Association of Suicidology, www.aas365.org/. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255, Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741 741. #AAS365 #BeThere

09/03/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

09/03/2019
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

09/03/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

09/03/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

09/03/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

09/03/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

09/05/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

09/06/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

09/06/2019
20th Annual Autism Conference: Support Across All Ages and Stages
Presented by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
Friday and Sat., Sept. 6-7, Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Phoenix
Listen to keynote speakers Dr. Temple Grandin and Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, along with other guest speakers on various Autism related topics for every age and stage of autism. Early bird pricing open through July 1. Visit PHXAutism.org for speaker and schedule info; ask about special pricing for groups.

09/06/2019
safeTALK
Suicide alertness for everyone
• Friday, Sept. 6, 8:30 am to 12 pm, 4755 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix
• Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 to 4:30 pm, 4755 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. Learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Attend the half day safeTALK program and learn to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, and connect them to lifesaving resources. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Mercy Care is covering registration costs ($25 value); there is no cost to participate.

09/06/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

09/07/2019
West Valley Health and Wellness Expo
Free admission and parking
Saturday, September 7, 9 am to 4 pm, Glendale Civic Center
The Health and Wellness Expo is the place to go for the latest in fitness, nutrition, healthy, psychology, workplace wellness and more. The Expo, features technologies and practitioners who are leading the health and fitness revolution. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

09/09/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
• Monday, September 9, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, October 7, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, November 4, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

09/09/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

09/09/2019
National Suicide Prevention Week
September 8 – 14
Get involved and learn more about preventing suicide every day from the American Association of Suicidology, www.aas365.org/. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255, Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741 741. #AAS365 #BeThere

09/10/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members. The Coalition is made up of peers, family members, government representatives, and providers whose goal is to make a better system of care regardless of resources available to do so. Participate in person or by phone. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, 602.866.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

09/10/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

09/10/2019
Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting
For survivors, professionals and supporters
Second Tuesday of every ODD month, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 2033 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
The goal of the Coalition is to change those conditions that result in suicidal acts in Arizona through awareness, intervention, and action. For information, please email AZSPC@gmail.com or visit www.azspc.org/. Meetings are subject to change.

09/11/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

09/12/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

09/13/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

09/16/2019
National Recovery Month
September
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders; celebrates people in recovery; lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers; and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. To learn more, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.

09/16/2019
National Suicide Prevention Month
September
Get involved and learn more about preventing suicide every day from the American Association of Suicidology, www.aas365.org/. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255, Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741 741. #AAS365 #BeThere

09/17/2019
Hill Day: behavioral health’s largest advocacy event of the year
Presented by the National Council for Behavioral Health
September 17-18, Washington, DC
Hundreds of advocates—including representatives from Southwest Network—are heading to Capitol Hill to speak up for those living with mental illnesses and addictions. The National Council’s Hill Day is the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year. Held in partnership with national mental health and addiction organizations, Hill Day gathers hundreds of behavioral health providers, C-suite level executives, board members, consumers and community stakeholders in D.C. for sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy. You are invited! To learn more about this FREE event, visit www.thenationalcouncil.org/events-and-training/hill-day/hill-day-program. To register, click HERE.

09/17/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

09/18/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Recovery Innovations, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (location may vary)
Get the latest news about Mercy Care's program and services and join an open discussion about who is eligible for services, available programs for adults, and supports for friends and loved ones. No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Valley Metro bus route 16. Need transportation? Members can get a ride at no cost. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711.

09/18/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

09/18/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

09/19/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

09/19/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

09/20/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

09/21/2019
Step Against Teen Dating Violence
Help raise awareness about teen daiting violence
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Kaity’s Way has been hosting the “Step Against Teen Dating Violence” (SATDV) since 2010. This event is a fun-filled evening bringing awareness and raising funds to help the Arizona nonprofit put an end to teen dating violence. Those who attend can expect to enjoy a wonderful dinner, raffle/silent auction and a spectacular program where dance teams get to show off their best moves. To learn more about Kaity's Way and their signature fundraising event, visit http://kaitysway.org/signature-event/.

09/21/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

09/23/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

09/23/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

09/25/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. For questions, call Family Involvement Center at 602.288.0155 or email Mercy Care’s Office of Individual and Family Affairs at oifateam@MercyCareAZ.org. No meeting in Dec..

09/26/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Sep. 26, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Oct. 24.

09/26/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

09/27/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

09/28/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

09/28/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 am to 12 pm, Franklin Police and Fire, 1645 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

09/28/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

10/01/2019
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

10/01/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

10/01/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

10/01/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

10/01/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

10/01/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

10/03/2019
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Free suicide first aid training workshop from Mercy Care
Thurs. and Friday, October 3-4, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
RI International, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 122, Phoenix 85006
ASIST is for any person in a position of trust who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent suicide. Learn how to recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, develop a safety framework, link persons at risk with resources, and more. Studies show the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide. For more information and to register, www.eventbrite.com. Also presented on December 12-13.

10/04/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

10/04/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

10/05/2019
Out of the Darkness: Walk to Prevent Suicide
in Flagstaff
Saturday, October 5, Buffalo Park, Flagstaff, AZ
When you walk in the 2019 Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Flagstaff, you will join thousands of suicide prevention supporters across the state to help raise awareness and funds that will help fight this leading cause of death. Because together we can #StopSuicide. To register, click HERE.

10/07/2019
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10/07/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
• Monday, October 7, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, November 4, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

10/07/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

10/08/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members. The Coalition is made up of peers, family members, government representatives, and providers whose goal is to make a better system of care regardless of resources available to do so. Participate in person or by phone. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, 602.866.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

10/08/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

10/09/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

10/10/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

10/10/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

10/11/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

10/12/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, October 12, 9 am to 1 pm, Maricopa Integrated Health System, address TBD
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

10/15/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

10/16/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Recovery Innovations, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (location may vary)
Get the latest news about Mercy Care's program and services and join an open discussion about who is eligible for services, available programs for adults, and supports for friends and loved ones. No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Valley Metro bus route 16. Need transportation? Members can get a ride at no cost. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711.

10/16/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

10/16/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

10/17/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

10/18/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

10/18/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

10/19/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

10/19/2019
15th Annual NAMIWalk Valley of the Sun
Raise awareness of mental health issues
Saturday, October 19, Arizona Capitol, South 17th Ave. and West Jefferson St., Phoenix
NAMIWalk is a fun, family-friendly event and there is no cost to register. There are multiple ways you can make a difference with NAMIWalk: as a sponsor, committee member, team captain, team member, individual walker, or volunteer! However you participate in NAMIWalk, you will be joining NAMI's (National Alliance on Mental Illness) movement to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for their mission to help individuals and families right here in our region. Click HERE to register or get more info.

10/21/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

10/23/2019
Hope Conference from the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition
Many voices, one goal: Suicide prevention
Wed. through Friday, October 23, 24 and 25, Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix
This program will apply for CEUs. Get details at www.azspc.org/hope-conference.

10/24/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Nov. 28.

10/24/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

10/26/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

10/26/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

10/28/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

10/30/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. For questions, call Family Involvement Center at 602.288.0155 or email Mercy Care’s Office of Individual and Family Affairs at oifateam@MercyCareAZ.org. No meeting in Dec.

11/01/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

11/01/2019
ACDL 25th Anniversary Event
A benefit for the Arizona Center for Disability Law
Friday, November 1, 5 to 7 pm, $100 per person
ABILITY360 Center, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is celebrating 25 years of advancing disability rights. Join them as they honor Tim Hogan, former Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon. The event will include music, food, drink, and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting ACDL’s work in advancing the rights of Arizonans with disabilities.Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com or contact Development Chair Sherri Collins at center@azdisabilitylaw.org, or ACDL Communications and Outreach Manager, Natalie Luna Rose at nlunarose@azdisabilitylaw.org.

11/01/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/01/2019
25th Anniversary Event
Arizona Center for Disability Law
Friday, November 1, 5 to 7 pm, Ability360 Center, $100
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is celebrating 25 years of advancing disability rights. Join them as they honor Tim Hogan, former Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon. The event will include music, food, drink, and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting ACDL’s work in advancing the rights of Arizonans with disabilities. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.

11/04/2019
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11/04/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
• Monday, November 4, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

11/04/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

11/05/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

11/05/2019
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

11/05/2019
safeTALK
Suicide alertness for everyone
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 to 4:30 pm, 4755 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. Learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Attend the half day safeTALK program and learn to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, and connect them to lifesaving resources. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Mercy Care is covering registration costs ($25 value); there is no cost to participate.

11/05/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

11/05/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

11/05/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

11/05/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

11/07/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

11/08/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/11/2019
HOLIDAY: Veterans Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



11/12/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members. The Coalition is made up of peers, family members, government representatives, and providers whose goal is to make a better system of care regardless of resources available to do so. Participate in person or by phone. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, 602.866.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

11/12/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

11/12/2019
Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting
For survivors, professionals and supporters
Second Tuesday of every ODD month, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 2033 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
The goal of the Coalition is to change those conditions that result in suicidal acts in Arizona through awareness, intervention, and action. For information, please email AZSPC@gmail.com or visit www.azspc.org/. Meetings are subject to change.

11/13/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

11/14/2019
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health 30th Annual Conference
Workshops, speakers, mental health advocates and professionals
Thurs. - Sat., Nov. 14, 15 and 16, Hyatt Regency Phoenix, tickets start at $300
For 30 years, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health has been the nationwide advocacy organization with families as its sole focus, playing an important role in helping children, youth and their families whose lives are impacted by mental health challenges. This important work is supported largely by mental health advocates and generous donors like you who contribute to our cause. Their 30th Annual Conference will feature many great workshops and speakers, joining hundreds of mental health advocates and professionals from across the nation as we work to educate and empower children, youth, and families! To register, visit www.eventbrite.com or www.ffcmh.org/conference.

11/14/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

11/14/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

11/15/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/15/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

11/16/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

11/18/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

11/19/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

11/20/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Recovery Innovations, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (location may vary)
Get the latest news about Mercy Care's program and services and join an open discussion about who is eligible for services, available programs for adults, and supports for friends and loved ones. No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Valley Metro bus route 16. Need transportation? Members can get a ride at no cost. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711.

11/20/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

11/20/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

11/21/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

11/22/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/23/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

11/23/2019
Learn How To Safely Interact With First Responders
Free event for teens and young adults
Saturday, November 23, 12 to 3 pm
ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
At this event teens and young adults living with brain injury, Autism, or a disability will engage with first responders to learn key safety skills through activities, talks, and episodes of Be Safe The Movie. RSVP today and get a free copy of Be Safe The Movie when you attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

11/23/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, November 23, 11 am to 2 pm, Fall Festival, address TBD
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

11/23/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

11/25/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

11/27/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. Please call 602.288.0155 to pre-register. No meeting in July or Dec.

11/28/2019
HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving
All Southwest Network sites will be closed today and tomorrow



11/28/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Nov. 28, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Dec. 26.

11/29/2019
HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving
All Southwest Network sites will be closed the day after Thanksgiving



11/29/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

12/02/2019
Have an event to add?
Or find something that's not correct?
To have an event considered for inclusion here, or to report an incorrect listing, please e-mail connections@southwestnetwork.org. Please note: These listings are provided as a community service by Southwest Network. Inclusion does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Southwest Network, nor do we guarantee accuracy. Services offered may require eligibility; contact the provider for information.

12/02/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

12/03/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

12/03/2019
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

12/03/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

12/03/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

12/03/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

12/03/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month (except January), 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

12/05/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

12/06/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

12/06/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/09/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

12/10/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members. The Coalition is made up of peers, family members, government representatives, and providers whose goal is to make a better system of care regardless of resources available to do so. Participate in person or by phone. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, 602.866.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

12/10/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

12/11/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

12/12/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

12/12/2019
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Free suicide first aid training workshop from Mercy Care
Thurs. and Friday, December 12-13, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
MARC/PIR, 924 Country Club Drive, Mesa 85201
ASIST is for any person in a position of trust who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent suicide. Learn how to recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, develop a safety framework, link persons at risk with resources, and more. Studies show the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide. For more information and to register, www.eventbrite.com.

12/13/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/13/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

12/14/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, December 14, 11 am to 2 pm, REACT, address TBD
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

12/16/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

12/17/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

12/18/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Recovery Innovations, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (location may vary)
Get the latest news about Mercy Care's program and services and join an open discussion about who is eligible for services, available programs for adults, and supports for friends and loved ones. No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Valley Metro bus route 16. Need transportation? Members can get a ride at no cost. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711.

12/18/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

12/18/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

12/19/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

12/19/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

12/20/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/21/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

12/23/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

12/24/2019
HOLIDAY: Christmas Eve
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



12/25/2019
HOLIDAY: Christmas Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



12/25/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
No meeting in December.

12/26/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Dec. 26, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Jan. 23, 2020.

12/27/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/27/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

12/28/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

12/28/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

12/30/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

01/01/2020
HOLIDAY: New Year's Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



01/02/2020
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

01/03/2020
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

01/03/2020
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

01/06/2020
Have an event to add?
Or find something that's not correct?
To have an event considered for inclusion here, or to report an incorrect listing, please e-mail connections@southwestnetwork.org. Please note: These listings are provided as a community service by Southwest Network. Inclusion does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Southwest Network, nor do we guarantee accuracy. Services offered may require eligibility; contact the provider for information.

01/06/2020
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

01/07/2020
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

01/07/2020
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

01/07/2020
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

01/07/2020
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

01/07/2020
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

01/08/2020
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

01/09/2020
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer, click HERE.

01/10/2020
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For more dates and other locations, visit First Teeth First.

01/14/2020
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members. The Coalition is made up of peers, family members, government representatives, and providers whose goal is to make a better system of care regardless of resources available to do so. Participate in person or by phone. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, 602.866.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

01/14/2020
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

01/15/2020
Adult Care Community Meeting
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Recovery Innovations, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (location may vary)
Get the latest news about Mercy Care's program and services and join an open discussion about who is eligible for services, available programs for adults, and supports for friends and loved ones. No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Valley Metro bus route 16. Need transportation? Members can get a ride at no cost. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711.

01/15/2020
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

01/15/2020
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

01/16/2020
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

01/17/2020
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

01/18/2020
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

01/22/2020
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. Please call 602.288.0155 to pre-register. No meeting in July or Dec.

01/23/2020
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Feb. 27, 2020.

01/25/2020
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

01/01/2021
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