For many Tucson women experiencing homelessness Sister Jose Women’s Center (SJWC) is their only safe haven and the first step to recovery from homelessness. We are a Tucson-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009. Our low-barrier day center provides unaccompanied homeless women with a stable and safe environment to recuperate from the daily struggle of homelessness and extreme poverty. The Winter Night Program provides overnight stays for women who would otherwise be sleeping outside; we provided 1562 overnights last winter. All of this was accomplished through the dedication and hard work of volunteers and university interns – they are the heartbeat of SJWC. We are more than a center; we are a community built upon the values of compassion, dignity and respect in a non-institutionalized setting. For many of our guests we are home.
Our Center is named in honor of Sister (Sr.) Jose Hobday, a Franciscan nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor.
A community where every homeless woman has a safe harbor and a path to a sustainable existence.
The Sister Jose Women’s Center (SJWC) is dedicated to the care and nurture of homeless women within our community. To our sisters without shelter, we provide beds, to those without food, we give nourishment; and to those without purpose, we offer encouragement. We are women reaching out to women with dignity, respect and compassion.
All faiths, all walks of life working for justice.
Board of Directors
Msgr. Thomas Cahalane (President)
Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy (Vice President)
Jean Fedigan (Executive Director, Treasurer)
Charlotte Speers (Secretary)
Bishop Gerald Kicanas (Board Member)
Kathleen Dehn (Board Member)
Carol Tierney (Board Member)
Harriet Kronman (Board Member)
Rob Burris (Board Member)
Gene Heckler (Board Member)
Aida Samuel (Marketing Coordinator)
Pauline Hechler (Community Outreach/Fundraising Advisor)
Len Kronman (Fundraising Coordinator)
Stuart Shatkin (Capital Campaign Committee)
Mark Mistler (Financial Advisor)
G. Lawrence Schubart (Legal Advisor)
Rabbi Thomas Louchheim (Interfaith Liaison)
Gabriela Rico (Publicity/Media Advisor)
Jill Rich (Community Outreach)
The Women We Serve
The women we serve suffer from problems most of us can only imagine. Some were living a life just like your own until recently. They are our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, daughters and friends.
The women we serve are primarily between the ages of 35 and 65, though women 18 to end-of-life participate. Many women have received diagnoses of severe mental illness, chronic illness, and substance abuse; many have been victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Homelessness affects women of all races and ethnic backgrounds and our guests reflect that diversity.