Arizona Restaurants Give Homeless Job-Seekers Fair Chance at Employment

Arizona restaurants are the latest example of how our industry offers individuals a fair chance at employment regardless of their background, and supports job training programs that help individuals get back into the workforce. Just recently, the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) made a $1,000 donation that will help pay the feeds for homeless individuals in the Phoenix area to get their food handler cards.

Joined by Phoenix City Councilwoman Deb Stark, the ARA and several local restauranteurs presented the donation to St. Joseph the Worker (SJW), an organization that helps homeless individuals gain employment and get back on their feet. SJW offers its clients a hand up, not a hand out — building on their strengths and helping to secure quality employment.

“St. Joseph the Worker has been a great partner to Arizona’s restaurants. They have provided individuals the resources they need to enter the restaurant workforce, and the result is thousands of individuals gaining employment in Arizona restaurants each year,” said Steve Chucri, ARA, President and CEO. “They truly are a major force in Arizona’s restaurant industry.”

SJW has had its most successful fiscal year to date with more than 3,400 dedicated SJW clients obtaining new employment and 52 percent of those jobs offering employees work benefits.

“St. Joseph the Worker has been a wonderful community partner to the Sunnyslope area,” said Councilwoman Stark. “They, along with the many restaurants they partner with, have provided life-changing opportunities for the homeless population in Phoenix. We look forward to their continued efforts to improve the lives of the less fortunate.”

Restaurants across the country play a crucial role in helping homeless individuals or prior offenders re-enter society and providing young people with an entry into the working world, offering jobs and skills training when many other employers can’t or simply won’t.

This is a commitment we at the National Restaurant Association are proud to support. We believe strongly in the value our industry provides to these individuals and to our local communities.

For more information about the St. Joseph the Worker Program and how to support their mission visit

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