"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."
We are Tom’s Palms, a 501c3 Nonprofit corporation. Our mission is to feed, clothe, and empower the unsheltered community in Arizona. We do this primarily through our donation drop boxes sponsored and housed by local businesses as well as cash donations. These donations go towards four main initiatives: Community Giveback, Tom’s Closet, ID Sponsorship, and First Aid Care.
Who are we?
Tom's Palms mission officially started in 2021 when we were granted nonprofit status, but our founder Tammy has been doing this for her entire life. Tom’s Palms namesake comes from Tammy’s father. Tom was a teamster truck driver known across the country as Big Tom, and he never failed to lend a Helping Hand. He would invite the unsheltered to dinner with him while he was on the road, he’d pray with them, and he would then ask how he could help. Everyone has different needs, but every single person needs a glimpse of hope and kindness.
Our goal at Tom’s Palms is to lend a Helping Hand and offer this same kindness and generosity to those living unsheltered in Arizona. Together we can make the world a better place.
MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
What do we do?
Tom's Palms is in the business of changing and shaping futures. The work we do at our nonprofit is aimed at providing the starting blocks necessary for people to move on to the next chapter of their lives. We believe these things to be basic human rights which are necessary to succeed.
ID SPONSORSHIP & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. We partner with a local title and loan business which helps to facilitate IDs for those who need them for $35 each (sponsored by us.) We then network with companies who will hire despite housing status, and some without any background check at all.
One company recently reported back to us. They've had five people referred to work for them from Tom's Palms who have now been employed successfully for over a year and are off the streets.
Please leave a note titled "ID Sponsorship" if you'd like to donate directly to this effort.
Community Giveback happens on many different levels. From filling community fridges when possible to hosting large events where we take food and hygeine kits to tent encampments throughout the valley.
Large Community Givebacks are done frequently throughout the year and are usually sponsored by local chefs or businesses and we ask the community to come volunteer. Regular volunteers do smaller excursions weekly. Anyone is welcome to join these days but do get in touch first as the days sometimes change. We encourage volunteers to pack extra goods for our cars on these days to handout throughout the week as they see people in their neighborhood.
We accept prepackaged foods and prepared food from food safe establishments.
FIRST AID & WOUND CARE
At Tom's Palms, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. With the growing cost of medical care, many living unsheltered lack the resources or stamina necessary in getting basic first aid treatment. We believe we can facilitate progress in this area.
We have a licensed RN that goes out with us for first aid and simple wound care. They also will provide information to different medical services depending on which best fits their situation. We're also able to direct them towards clinics which will enroll them in AHCCCS to help with basic costs.
Please reach out if you're trained medically and willing to help this cause!
Tom's Closet refers to our storage pod located near Nature's Medicine in Phoenix as well as the various other closets we've partnered to create. One of our partners is an organization which has now expanded into helping over 900 safe and sober houses. This includes the only sober nursery in Arizona as well as many other safe houses in the state.
This initiative also helps to support our Community Givebacks. Businesses and citizens alike can help this cause by donating new or gently used items at any of our drop box locations! Empty your closet or your warehouse. We accept company swag such as tshirts, hats, sunglasses, etc. We also accept things like stickers or lanyards for when we set up our table at events. Get in touch for large donations! Donations of all sizes are elligible for a tax write off.
960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
1756 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023
610 W Broadway Rd #116, Tempe, AZ 85282
3007 73rd St, Unit D, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251